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   Reflection and Prayer  +  February 2019

Here and now: I AM

February 6th, 2019                                                                                                   By Steve Harper
Article taken from Ministry Matters

In Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush, we get the greatest revelation into the here-and -now life. It is the name of God given to Moses: I AM (Exodus 3:14). While likely referring to the aspect of God’s being (rather than to a particular activity), the name is also one that encompasses place (here) and time (now). Obviously, God is present in quality and quantity beyond anything we can imagine or replicate. But we are made in the image of God, and there is a creational congruence between who God is and who we are made to be. And from God’s nature, we learn two important things about ours. First, our greatest gift is our being–our “I am” offerings of ourselves to others. Of course, we cannot separate being and doing, and we must always do what we can for others. But none of us lives very long without realizing there are times when what we have is sorely inadequate. But with an “i am” identity, we understand there is never a time when we have nothing to give. In every moment we can give ourselves. We can be “present” to others here-and-now. Second, an “i am” identity helps us to see the sufficiency and sacredness of the present moment. We do not need to live anywhere else or anytime else. Life is here-and-now. This second recognition enables us to fully invest ourselves in what is before us, just as God does. An “i am” identity gives us the eyes to see and ears to hear what’s going on here-and-now, respond to it, and act accordingly. The “I AM” God sees and hears the cries of the slaves in Egypt and comes down to deliver them. With our “i am” identity we go and do likewise. Caring, compassion, and generosity are born and expressed by “i am” people–people alive in the present moment, in the here-and-now.  

O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;My soul thirsts for You,My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty landWhere there is no water.                    -Psalm 63-1

Seek the Lord and His strength;Seek His face evermore!Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgements of His mouth.                                                                                                       -1 Chronicles 16:11-12

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus
and believe in your heart that God has raised Him
from the dead,you will be saved.                                                                                                                     -Romans 10:9

God's love is amazing!  It is real!  It is personal.
God's love is powerful, and the best news of all? 
His love never ends, no matter what!
Your God wants to bless you with his love now and forever.

Live Simply -
Love Generously -
Care Deeply -
Speak Kindly -
Leave the rest to God!

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     At Journey of Faith  we are committed to pray for The World, Our Community and individual Prayer Concerns. Weekly prayer listing is available by email.

     We also have a Prayer Chain whereby we can mobilise a number of people very quickly to respond to urgent prayer requests.                                                  

      Call the Pastor  at 303 710 9020 to arrange this or email jofumc2@aol.com and your request will be delivered confidentially to the Prayer Team. Entering your name is optional but it would help the Prayer Team to have, at least, a Christian name to focus their prayer on.      



      We will transform lives, transform community, and renew the mainline church through intercessory prayer, the formation of personal prayer and shared prayer experience.   

                                                 Offering a Prayer for People of this World.
                                                    Our Prayer for the World.

Lord our God,
we pray for those who are overwhelmed by pain, sorrow, despair or loneliness.
May they know the victory of love,
The song of hope and a glimpse of glory.Lord our God, we pray for all countries who are at war, overwhelmed by conflict, famine, disease or unrest.
May they know the victory of love,
The song of hope and a glimpse of glory.
Through Jesus Christ your Son.