Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Comfort Your People, Lord

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.  2 Corinthians 1:3-7 (NASB)

With strength and vigor, He calls out to Abba Father as our whimpers rise before Him. Our cries amplify while Jesus intercedes for us at the throne of our Heavenly Father. Thank you, Lord God, for your compassionate attentiveness to our afflictions. 

Isn’t it nice to know someone’s prayers are the catalyst to your comfort? A friend or family member knows your needs and appeals to Father God in your stead. And kneeling before Lord God Almighty is Jesus, who also intercedes for you. He understands your joy and sorrow because He Himself experienced human life. 

Jesus left the glory of heaven to be wrapped in humanity, to live with us and die for us. After His death and resurrection, He returned to heaven to live and intercede for us forever before Abba Father (Daddy God). When Jesus left earth, He sent a Helper called Holy Spirit to assist believers of His name in daily living. This Helper reminds God’s people of the promises of Jesus, the living Word. From these promises of old, we find comfort anew. 

The picture above represents the front of a card sent to me by a very special friend. She understood my pain and cried with me. She knew the permanent separation of mother and child. God comforted her when she lost her mother in death and now she offered me that same comfort. We both realized the comfort of Jesus through the hands and feet of His believers.

Like my friend who recognizes my pain, so the God of all comfort acknowledges my pain. He sympathizes with my breaking heart. He knows the crushing weight of the sting of death. He understands the separation of mother and child. He hears me as I cry before Him. 

Abba Father, my Daddy God, I want my Mom. I wanna talk to my Mama, the one person who easily forgives me when I fail. The one who simply loves me for me because I’m her child. I just want to pick up the phone and hear her voice. 

Sitting in silence with tears wetting the Bible on my lap, I dry my eyes and glance through God’s Word. I read His words penned by prophets and apostles while also recalling promises I’ve kept in my heart. I’m reminded of His answers to my cries. 

Dear child of mine, I love you and understand your pain. I know you by name, you are mine. I sacrificed my life for you that you might experience forgiveness of sin and failure. My love for you is unconditional. Call to me anytime and I will come to you. Listen for my voice because I am near. 

Oh happy day! God simply loves me for me because I’m His child! And this God—Abba Father, Daddy God—He gets me, He understands me, after all, He created me. He KNOWS me and knows my pain. 

I am comforted because His Son Jesus Christ cries with me, intercedes for me, and is near to me. And I am comforted because a friend who listened to His voice became His hands and feet of comfort to me. Thank you, Jesus, for loving me so. 

Are you experiencing heartbreak right now? Do you long for release from life’s afflictions? God is near and He hears your cries. Receive the comfort He offers. 

Because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”  Galatians 4:6 (NASB)

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;  Romans 8:26 (NASB)

…who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.  Romans 8:34 (NASB)

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have relieved me in my distress;
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer.  Psalm 4:4 (NASB)

Remember the word to Your servant,
In which You have made me hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has revived me.  Psalm 119:49-50 (NASB)

I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness,
Because You have seen my affliction;
You have known the troubles of my soul,  Psalm 31:7(NASB)

Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications
When I cried to You.  Psalm 31:22b (NASB

"Comforter" by CeCe Winans....

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