‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance’
‘When he had received the drink, Jesus said ‘It is finished’. With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.’
‘They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.’
‘It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.’
‘Like clay in the hands of the potter, so are you in my hand, house of Israel.’
‘Everyone who is willing is to bring to the Lord an offering…’
These were among the scriptures that I have read this morning – reading a chapter each from 10 different books of the Bible. I enjoyed the way that Jeremiah 18 intermeshed with Romans 9, where both speak of the potter shaping pots as he pleases, and a reminder of the sovereignty of God, that he chooses whom he has mercy on. Psalm 88 is also a grateful reminder of how good God is: ‘But I cry to you for help, Lord; in the morning my prayer comes before you.’ Prayer and supplication is both our privilege and our obedient response to Abba. How can our hearts not cry out towards him who loved us and came down in such grace and mercy to us?