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Through patient endurance we inherit the promises of God, with George E Markakis

Welcome to my brief morning message of this campaign of prayer and devotion, which started on the 1st of February. Today, 6th Feb 2021 is the 4th brief message to broadcast in the early morning hours, as the Lord is calling us to draw near for prayer and devotion.

Good morning, praying for you all to have a wonderful, most blessed Saturday! May this be a true Shabbat with divine rest, deep recreation, and spiritual revival, as much as physical. Shabbat Shalom!

So, the Lord called us to this prayer campaign during this month, where the emphasis is on spending personal, quality time with Him early in the morning before daybreak. For some this is perfectly normal; several people told me how they had also already felt the same call from the Lord.

But this is not received so well by others. I know that many are wondering, what is the benefit of waking up early in the morning to pray, when we can pray at any time during the day. There are people who mock those who sacrifice of their precious sleeping time to spend quality time with the Lord. That is because they do not understand it; but if they did, they might.

There are also those who call upon theological posits which they make up to justify their sluggishness and apathy. In fact, they just don’t care to pray since they do not feel that they have something to gain. They are indeed Christians, but the kind that remembers God when they need Him or when they want to ask for something.

The Bible does explain the uniqueness and beauty of early morning time of devotion, prayer and beseeching of the Lord, but we shall not teach on that now. Instead, we shall explain a spiritual principle which is usually neglected and overlooked in the busy-ness of everyday life.

Through patient endurance we inherit the promises of God

Those who understand this spiritual principle, and, have a pure heart and a genuine desire to apply all that pertain to the Kingdom of God will understand why it is important and necessary to make time to beseech the Lord with sacrifice and dedication, even starting in the early morning hours.

Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

There are promises which will not be obtained automatically in and of themselves. Rather, we need to show diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end. To inherit the promises; to enjoy in life the fullness that God wants to do and give to us, we need to remain active in seeking and pursuing, making sure that we do not become sluggish. For we shall obtain the promises if we endure with patience, in prayer and dedication, holding on to the faith.

Now, the fact that we are called to show diligence; that we should not allow ourselves to become sluggish, but to patiently endure till we obtain that for which we pray and beseech the Lord; all that underlines the need for us to do certain things, to engage in certain activities. That is not some immaterial, invisible, aethereal concepts of meditation and mental processing; it is not a matter of theological posits and intellectual tenets…

God’s promises are obtained by diligence that can demonstrated, which implies that it has a certain real expression, requiring of us that we engage in some real activity that demands attention, energy, and time. That is the time of prayer, the energy put in the effort of seeking, the application in action of our response to the invitation of the Lord:

ASK and it shall be given, SEEK and you shall find, KNOCK and it shall be opened to you. It is on the basis of this verse Matthew 7:7 that this prayer campaign was launched on February 1st.

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