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Friday, August 19, 2016

Pray for Families (Feasting in Him)

Greetings Prayer Warriors,

Who doesn’t love a feast of delights?  The Lord has prepared a heavenly banquet for all of us.  Do we remain conscious of that?

Jesus...spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come.   

Do you listen for his voice?  Do you pay heed to His desires for your life?

A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’

Or are you too preoccupied to listen?

Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business.

Is work (too many emails) or play (lots of recreation) overshadowing or eclipsing your spiritual life?

The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.

Do you mistreat those who are trying to encourage your spiritual growth?

The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’ The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests.

Our merciful Lord invites all to the heavenly feast. He died that we may have new life in Him. He gave us free will, so we have to accept His invitation.

But when the king came in to meet the guests he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. He said to him, ‘My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?’ But he was reduced to silence.

He dines with sinners, but still calls them to repentance.  Only then can His merciful love clothe them with righteousness.

Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen.”  Matthew 22:1-14

Our “RSVP” is a choice.  Let us pray for our families and each other, that we may not be so distracted by worldly desires that we fail to accept His invitation.

May His merciful love transform your life by conforming your heart to His.

Peace, Joy, and Love,
Janet

RSVP to the best banquet of all.  Pass it on!