Today is November 12, 2018

Verse of the Day — 2 Peter 1:20-21

. . . no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

The Holy Spirit is the person of the Trinity who gave us the Bible.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

The work of each of the three persons is of critical importance to believers.

  • Jesus died to save us.

    For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. —John 3:16
  • The Father draws us to Himself and loves us.

    No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. —John 6:44

    The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all. —2 Corinthians 13:14

  • The Holy Spirit interacts with us.

    according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. —1 Peter 1:2

    Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. —Ephesians 4:30

The Holy Spirit is a person, just as Jesus and the Father are.

“And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him. —Luke 12:10
     See also Acts 13:2, 15:28, 16:6-7.

His most impacting work in believers’ lives is His permanent sealing of our salvation when He comes to live in our hearts.

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. —Romans 8:11

. . . having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise. —Ephesians 1:13

. . . the Holy Spirit, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. —Ephesians 4:30

And with the Holy Spirit comes “power” to do God’s will and “full conviction” when we don’t.

For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. —1 Thessalonians 1:5

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. —Romans 8:14


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

Are we supposed to pray at every meal? If so, where does it say that in Scripture? And does this include restaurants?


ANSWER:

Praying is simply talking to God. We are encouraged to give thanks:

  • In everything

    in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. —1 Thessalonians 5:18
  • All the time

    pray without ceasing —1 Thessalonians 5:17

Prayer is a privilege that comes with our access to God through Jesus Christ.

For through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. —Ephesians 2:18

To pray at dinner is to thank God for what He has provided. As believers, we’re to be “Christ-like,” which means we follow the ways of Jesus.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. —Matthew 16:24

And we do have an example to follow for pre-meal prayers:

when He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. —Luke 24:30

Jesus also warned us never to pray for the wrong reasons:

When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners (i.e. restaurants) so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. —Matthew 6:5

So we are free to pray in every place.

Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. —1 Timothy 2:8

But not every place may be appropriate to pray out loud. There may be one situation when a group of believers is eating together that a verbal prayer is perfectly acceptable. But there may be other times when you may be with a group of non-believers where to pray verbally, or silently with your head bowed, is no different than casting your pearls before the swine.

“Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. —Matthew 7:6

So, it would be legalistic to say you MUST pray out loud or silently with your head bowed before every meal, regardless of where you are—different situations call for different approaches. But if you understand where the food is really coming from (God), a mental prayer of thanks is a privilege worth exercising. God looks at your heart.

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” —1 Samuel 16:7

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