Making a Good Confession
Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. John 1:49
Read John 1:1-14; 1 Corinthians 12
As we saw yesterday, meeting the Lord Jesus does not often occur without prayer. This does not imply that it is because of prayer that the Lord works. Nathanael’s prayer had been laid in his heart by the Holy Spirit, and this selfsame Spirit had also given him a longing for the coming of the Messiah. He had inclined Nathanael to pray for the Messiah’s coming while he was sitting under a fig tree. Such prayers originate through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Are you such a praying person? Do you not only pray for specific matters that are important to you, but also for the coming return of the Messiah? This is the main subject of a true prayer. The Holy Spirit is the Friend of the heavenly Bridegroom, and of His bride the Church. This Friend of the Bridegroom creates a longing for Him and opens the eyes to see Him as the fairest of ten thousand. This not only happened to Nathanael, but it happens to everyone who is led by the Word and Spirit to the Lord Jesus. Sinners are led to the Saviour through the reading of the Word and by prayer; they learn to confess that the Lord Jesus is truly God. Have you already confessed that the Lord Jesus is the Son of God? Have you confessed Him as your Lord?
Thought: Jesus Christ is truly Lord!
Psalter 83: 1,2 (based on Psalm 32) How blessed is he whose trespass Hath freely been forgiven, Whose sin is wholly covered Before the sight of heaven. Blessed he to whom Jehovah Imputeth not his sin, Who hath a guileless spirit, Whose heart is true within. While I kept guilty silence My strength was spent with grief, Thy hand was heavy on me, My soul found no relief; But when I owned my trespass, My sin hid not from Thee, When I confessed transgression, Then Thou forgavest me.