Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | February 24, 2014

February 24, 2014 “The Fire Of Faith”

“Back and forth they talked. “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?” (Luke 24:32)

Good Monday Morning Family of Faith!

When i was a boy growing up in Pennsylvania, we lived in a house that had a coal burning stove. It was always fascinating and fun for me to watch the coal being delivered to the house. The coal truck would pull up to the back of the house and a chute would be inserted through one of the basement windows. Then the truck bed would be  lifted and the coal would pour down the chute into the basement . I loved watching the process. It looked like a coal sliding board to me. Of course, I wanted to climb the little coal mountain in the basement, but soon learned that this endeavor would be less than desirable, as I would soon be covered in soot, much to the chagrin of my parents, and then to me, so I didn’t do that very often. Our coal burning stove was the proper place for the basement storehouse of fossil fuel and it kept the house nice and warm on those cold winter days in Pennsylvania.

As coal was used to stoke the furnace of our home to keep the fire burning and the house warm, the fire of faith must be stoked with the fuel of daily prayer. The text I chose this morning finds the resurrected, but as yet unrecognized Lord, speaking on the Emmaus road with two of his followers. He teaches them through the prophetic scriptures about his resurrection. He goes to their home. He sits at table with them, then “Taking the bread, he blessed and broke and gave it to them. At that moment, open-eyed, wide-eyed, they recognized him.” (Luke 24;31) He stokes the fire of their faith with the revealing fuel of prayer. The Scriptures revealed him. The fuel of prayer at table brought the fire burning in their hearts to glorious, blazing recognition of the resurrected Lord. Consider what they said at that moment, after he disappeared from their sight: “Didn’t we feel on fire as he conversed with us on the road, as he opened up the Scriptures for us?”  Reformer Martin Luther said,

If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith.”

It’s been a long, cold winter around our nation. People need to be kept warm. In our hearts, it is just as important that we keep the fire of faith stoked with the fuel of daily prayer. That’s God’s plan. Let’s pray!

O Glorious Lord; Open our hearts to Your blazing presence, that we might keep the fires of faith within us burning brightly as we come to You in prayer, with praise, thanksgiving, and wonder. This we pray in Jesus’ Most Holy Name! Amen!

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