2 Kings 7
Israel is delivered from Aram.
While we must be careful about "spiritualizing" what we read in the Old Testament and making it say something it doesn't, there is at least an excellent illustration in the defeat of the Aramean army relating to the message of the Gospel today. The lepers are lost and starving and come upon abundance adequate for their own welfare as well as the welfare of all others. They realize it is wrong to keep it to themselves, and they go out to tell others. The same is true of the Gospel of Christ. Those of us who have had our needs met by Him cannot be satisfied keeping it to ourselves — we must tell others.
Thank the Lord for the miracle of the "new birth," and praise Him for His grace:
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;
And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings
Pause for personal praise and thanksgiving.
Pray this confession as you seek to keep your life free from sin and its effects:
Sing praise to the Lord, You saints of His,
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
Now pray this affirmation to the Lord who protects you:
"God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
-- Spiritual victory over temptation
-- Opportunities to serve the Lord
-- Your activities for the day
Finally, offer this closing prayer to the Lord:
To Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:21).