Men, Do You Want Ready Answers To Your Prayers?

“MEN,  Do you want ready answers to your prayers? 

THEN LOVE YOUR WIVES AND TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT.” 

[ 1 Peter 3:7,  “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” ]

Be Kind & Tender Hearted & Forgive One Another

As the Shepherd comforts his sheep we should comfort one another. 

Yesterday I read about how the Good Shepherd cares for his sheep.

Next I will write more thoughts that went through my mind after I wrote about the things I read in Isaiah 40:10-11.

I felt as though the Lord was showing me how he watches over the little ones and the ones who carry the little ones.
I think I first thought about pregnant women who are carrying the child in their womb then I thought of the women that care for their little ones. 
Of course, the good Lord cares about men and women that are caring for their children but women are weaker than men.  It is written in God’s Word that women are weaker.  [ 1 Peter 3:7,  “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” ] Oh – I should make a new post after this that simply says,  “MEN,  Do you want ready answers to your prayers?  THEN LOVE YOUR WIVES AND TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT.”  I should add the passage from 1 Peter 3:7 in the next post, too.  Many men know about the Scriptures before verse 7 but they seem to forget verse 7.  The husband and the wife will be blessed if the man gets ready answers to his Godly prayers. 
Since the Lord gives us an example in his word of how the Shepherd watches over the little ones and he gently cares for & leads the ones that have young I believe it’s a good way for us to recall (especially for men to recall) that women and children are to be gently cared for.

Jesus is Gentle and Kind.  He tells us all that we are to be kind and tender hearted.  People that are kind and those who have tender hearts do not intentionally harm another person.  We are also told to forgive one another. [ Ephesians 4:32,

KJV, “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” ]
It may not always be easy to change but it is vital.  A pastor told me that a man who refuses to change is a man that does not fear God.  We know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  If a man is wise he will give the Lord reverential fear and respect.  A man that fears God will obey the Word of the Lord. 

Our Shephed Carries Us Close To His Heart

I was reading Isaiah 40 this morning. 

Take a good look at verses 10 & 11 with me:  Isaiah 40:10-11  King James Version (KJV),

Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.”

The NIV says it like this:  Isaiah 40:10-11 New International Version (NIV),

See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
    and he rules with a mighty arm.
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense accompanies him.
 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads those that have young.”

God is strong and powerful.  He is our Lord.  We depend on him the way sheep depend on their Shepherd. 

Isn’t it precious to think of how he will gather us up and hold us close to his heart?

I also enjoyed reading about how the Good Shepherd gently leads those who are with young. 

When I was growing up I met several people that didn’t seem to care about those who are with young or those who are tending to the young ones. 

How comforting it is to be reminded that we serve a Lord who gently cares for us in many ways.  These passages help me think about how surely the Lord is concerned about those who are weak and special care is given to those who are carrying the young ones. 

I am also reminded of the words to a song I heard as a child.

“The Lord is my Shepherd.  I’ll walk with him always.

He leads me by still waters.  I’ll walk with him always.

Always  Always  I will walk with him always.

Always  Always  I will walk with him always. “

Learn More About Jesus / The Lion And The Lamb

Peace is the word that comes to my mind

when I think of a lion laying next to a lamb.

  

Did you know that the Lion and the Lamb are titles given to the Lord?

 

Revelation 5  King James Version (KJV)

And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.

And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.

And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.

And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

13 And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

 

Learn More About Jesus / The Lion Of Judah

Why do Christians like the Lion?

The Lion of Judah is a phrase in the Book of Revelation that represents JESUS.

Jesus came from the tribe of Judah.

 

[Revelation 5:5King James Version (KJV)
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.] Jesus can open the book.

 

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