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Romans 1:13
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just s I have had among the other Gentiles.

Paul kept on being hindered, and the way he finally got to Rome was as a prisoner, to appear before Caesarís court. This involved years of imprisonment as circumstances developed and rulers were replaced until the time was right. He would get to Rome, and he would be a wonderful blessing to the people, but it would not be accomplished according to his plan, or in the way he envisioned. Lord, we know that there is a destiny concerning our lives, and we will be one day what and where You have sovereignly determined. Guide us, Lord Jesus! Bring us there safely.
Acts 1:13
When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where the were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew. Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James.

Jesus had said that of all that God had given Him He would lose none, except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled. And so it was. All the remaining eleven were here gathered, awaiting the promise of the Father, ready to serve the one they had all abandoned for a time. Jesusí hand had continued upon them, sustaining, gathering, encouraging each in his own way. They were organized enough to have a room prepared. The scripture goes on to say that they were in prayer. Lord Jesus, keep us by Your mighty Power. Gather us with your people and keep us in prayer.
John 1:13
...children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God..

John speaks of what it is to be born-again. It does not depend upon heredity, human plans, or the determination of a husband. This kind of birth comes entirely from God, and is a gift He gives for the glory of His name. A boy can be given this life and his four siblings left in their sins. A girl can desire to seek God when none in her family ever think of such a thing. A principle of life within that prompts a person to live for God and moves that person into the way of God is sovereignly disposed, with God alone responsible for the choice, Thank You, Father, for choosing me. Thank You, Jesus for dying for me. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for showing me Jesus Christ.
Luke 1:13
But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.

This was certainly not the prayer that Zechariah had been offering as he brought incense before the altar in the Temple in Jerusalem. Zechariah had stopped praying for a child years ago, when it became clear that it was not Godís will for him and Elizabeth to have one. Even Elizabeth had probably stopped. She was an old woman, and would not any more thinking of childbearing. The angel is remembering prayers offered years ago, and he tells Zechariah that those prayers have been answered. God remembers our prayers, and though He wait long to answer, they will be answered. Lord Jesus, answer our prayers. Perhaps now is the perfect time to do that special thing.
Mark 1:13
...and he was in the desert forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

We usually think of Jesusí temptation in the light of three major temptations, not noticing the fact that He was there for forty days and the tempter would ultimately tempt Him in every way, like as we are. During that time of suffering for us, angels were sent to keep Him safe, like Daniel, from wild beasts and to encourage His spirit with their presence. According to Hebrews 1, all angels are ministering spirits sent to minister to the heirs of salvation. Let us look to God to help us in our hour of stress and distress. In this world we will have tribulation, but He has overcome the world. Lord, send Your angels to help us in our need. Help us today to serve Jesus.
Matthew 1:13
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, Abiud the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor,

For five hundred years God had not spoken to His people, but Israel maintained her identity through record of what God had done. This involved tracing the line of David into the very present for them. Individuals in the line were forgotten but for their names, but necessary to establish the connection and prepare for the Savior that God had promised to provide. Is our life, ordinary as can be, a link in a chain of greatness? Will God work mightily in our progeny to do a world-changing work? We may prepare for this by connecting our families with what God is doing in this world, reminding them of the great things God has done and helping them look forward to Jesusí return and glory. Thank You, Jesus. Our hope is in You.
Malachi 1:13
"And you say, 'What a burden!' and yo sniff at it contemptuously," says the Lord Almighty. "When you bring injured, crippled or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?" says the Lord.

What is our attitude toward the things of God? Is our service a burden? Are we generous in giving what we didnít want anyway? And are we careful to hold on to the part of what we have that we really want? Do we play games with others, convincing them of our generosity, of our spirituality or of our magnanimity? Do we forget to consider what God feels in receiving what we give to Him? God uses Malachi to challenge His people with a word that reaches across the centuries to us. Lord, help us to be candid and open to You. May what we give honor Jesus Christ!
Zechariah 1:13
So the Lord spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me.

An angel has called on the Lord , reminding Him of His promise to show mercy to His people after seventy years. Around 500 BC we have a beautiful picture of the Lord Jesus interceding for us before the Father. He speaks to the Father concerning the punishment that has already been meted out. He reminds God of the promises He has made. He takes the part of the people in His approach to God, and He receives words of comfort ant encouragement from God for the people. This passage of scripture anticipates the wonderful interchange between the Father and the Son on the subject of our salvation. We have an advocate before the Father, and our advocate wins our case. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for representing us, and for words of comfort.

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