DayBreaks for 02/15/13 – Breaking the Heart of God

DayBreaks for 02/15/13 – Breaking the Heart of God

NOTE: Galen just had some surgery so there’ll be some DayBreaks from the archives for the next few days.  Your prayers are appreciated and welcomed!

bridegroom-the-betrayed-bridegroom1-719x1024From the DayBreaks archive for 2/15/2002:

Genesis 6:6 – “The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.

It is no surprise that God’s great heart is filled with pain.  The degree of suffering as the result of sin is massive.  The diseases that wrack our bodies and cause such agony won’t be a part of the new heaven and new earth because there will be no pain there.  And, in a sense, God is responsible for it all.  If He had never created the cosmos, there would be no people to have diseases, there would have been on people to make sinful choices.  There would have been no men and women to kill His Son because there would have been no sin to die for.  But perhaps the thing that is most shocking is that God “gives” men and women the ability to hurt Him so by our mere human actions.  He has made Himself very vulnerable, in a way, to us.  And we inflict a universe full of pain.

But there is probably another way in which we break the heart of God.  Consider: “Too often we pray for things rather than union with Christ.  In our prayers, we often ask God for what we want or want done.  It must break the heart of God here and there that we are so busy seeking answers that we almost never seek Him.  We hunger to have what prayer can provide us rather than have Him who could make our prayer effective.  There is too little hunger for unison with Christ in our prayers.” (Calvin Miller, The Unchained Soul)

This is a DayBreaks about prayer.  Ask yourself these questions: how often do you pray?  How long do you pray?  When you consider your prayers, how much of the time do you spend in asking God for things instead of seeking union with Him and listening – literally listening – for His voice in your spirit?  It really doesn’t matter how long you pray – but what you do when you pray has the capability of thrilling or breaking the heart of God.  Consider how you’d feel if all that your children ever spoke to you about was to ask for something, and never to just enjoy your company, to exchange thoughts or to ask advice?  Do you really think God is any different?

PRAYER:  Father, we are sorry for causing Your heart so much pain!  Forgive us when we seem to not want to talk with You, to hear You, to abandon Your Presence and counsel for that of others. Fill us with a holy hunger for union with You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 11/22/12 – George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

DayBreaks for 11/22/12 – George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

I have, in previous years, shared Lincoln’s proclamation of Thanksgiving, but you may not know that George Washington also issued a similar proclamation.  I include it today as a way to stimulate your thinking about things we are grateful for, and things we need to pray for.  It is presented below, with certain elements which I thought especially significant, in italic.

May you have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving.

“Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor–and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their Joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

“Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be–That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks–for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation–for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war–for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed–for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions–to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually–to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed–to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shown kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord–To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us–and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.”

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PRAYER: Father, forgive us for our ingratitude and for thinking we have earned the things we have by our own merit.  Forgive our hubris and rebellions and inattentiveness.  We thank you for all your blessings, but most of all for mercy, grace and Jesus who made those possible for us to enjoy this day.  Bless our loved ones wherever they  may be this day, and leads us all safely Home!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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On this Thanksgiving, would you help the poor children of the world?  Here’s a couple links to projects at I Am 2 Partners, Inc. that are changing the lives of children.  By using these links, you can make a tax-deductible donation to join us in this worthy expression of Thanksgiving:

To help feed and protect the 37 orphans at Bright Future Children’s Home in Migori, Kenya, click here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=RKR8ZNZX4UVPA

To help put in a purified water system for the Good Shepherd Pediatric Hospital in Kigali, Rwanda, click here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=B7U2JA5QSYCRC

Thanks!

DayBreaks for 04/25/12 – Prayer and the Ceiling

DayBreaks for 04/25/12 – Prayer and the Ceiling

It certainly is a common enough phrase that “Sometimes it just seems my prayers can’t get past the ceiling.”  Why is that the case?  Because it is a common experience of nearly everyone I know who has ever prayed that there are times it seems that God just doesn’t hear – that our prayers never get out of the room in which we find ourselves, or that the ceiling is lead-lined and stops not only x-rays but prayers from passing through.

I’ve said it on more than one occasion.  It is difficult to pray when one feels as if God can’t hear you.  It’s maybe even worse to think that He won’t hear you or because you’ve convinced yourself that you’re such a horrible sinner that He doesn’t even want to hear you anymore.

I liked something I read today that was written by John Ortberg in the Spring 2012 edition of Leadership Magazine in an article called Fighting the Good Fight (I’ll share more from that article in the next few days).  Here was his observation: “People often speak of feeling frustrated that their prayers never make it past the ceiling. Of course, if the Spirit of God is present right here right now, they don’t have to make it past the ceiling—God is already on this side of the ceiling.”

As with most of our perceptions about God, our perception that He doesn’t hear our prayer is flawed.  There is no magical ceiling through which our prayers must pass, no level of holiness me must first reach before He will listen, no sin to great that will cause Him to turn from us when we are turning to Him in repentance.  In fact, He was in the room waiting to hear from you before you even thought about praying.

“God is already on this side of the ceiling.”  I like that.  I hope that if you’re in one of those times right now where it seems He is not hearing, you’ll remember He’s in the room with you…listening!

PRAYER: Forgive us for our weakness that makes us doubt Your desire to hear us, to listen to us, and to respond to our requests and cries, especially in those times which seem to be the darkest to us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya.  We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids.  If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans

Thank you!  Your donations are tax deductible for 2012.  If you prefer to send a check rather than give through PayPal, write it and mail it to: I Am 2 Partners, Inc., c/o 3678 Creekstone Drive, Norcross, GA 30092.

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DayBreaks for 02/01/12 – The Difference Between Here and There

DayBreaks for 02/03/12 – The Difference Between Here and There

There's a huge difference between here and there...

When you and your small group or Sunday school class pray out loud, what do you pray about?  Or, maybe more to the point, what occupies your prayers?  I’m ashamed to admit that many of my prayers are Galen-centric: God, I want this, please do that for me, let me do X, protect my health and family, etc.  See what I mean?  I know that there’s nothing wrong with asking for those things: we are in all things to ask our loving Father.  He is pleased when we do. But…such prayers are, methinks, weak and come from the place of a wrong world-view.

We have brothers and sisters around this planet who are kidnapped by cult members or non-believers and have their tongues cut out so they can’t speak about Jesus any more.  Others have their families livelihoods and very lives threatened by the government where they live.  They can’t meet publically, but must meet clandestinely.  Their prayers, you might think, are even more self-centered than our own, and in some ways, that may be true.  But more often their prayers are not directives we give to God, but simple pleas for strength to endure, to stand strong, for His mercy, for His guidance.

We American Christians live in a fairy-tale faith world where we are still largely protected and sheltered against persecution.  That’s not the case with millions of our fellow believers who leave their own villages where they lived all their lives to be trained to take the gospel to parts of Asia where there are no churches, and of two teenagers who said, “I have told my family that I will likely never come back home.  I am going to hard places to make the gospel known, and it is possible that I will lose my life in the process.  But our families understand.  Our moms and dads have been in prison for their faith, and they have taught us that Jesus is worthy of all our devotion.”

It’s different.  As David Platt, in Radical puts it, “…we’ve missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable.  We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.”

Our prayer lives tell us a lot about how much we’ve abandoned ourselves.  When I think of it that way, I’m not doing too well.  How about you?

PRAYER: I’m sorry I’m so self-centered, God.  I don’t like it down deep inside, but I find it hard to break out of my captivity to self.  I need more courage, Lord.  I need to care more about others than about myself.  Help me do that, please!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

DayBreaks has always been free, and I do intend to keep it that way, but if you wish to help Galen raise his support for his work with iam2.org (an organization committed to helping bring food, clean water and protection to children wherever they are in the US or overseas, please mail checks made payable to “iam2 Partners Inc.” to this address: 3678 Creekstone Drive, Norcross, GA 30092, or go to http://www.iam2.org to donate (one time, or recurring).  Thank you!

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