Cry Out To Jesus

Cry Out To Jesus

I’ve had many people make comments to me about my prayer life assuming it’s vibrant because I lead prayer meetings. While I would like to agree with the psalmist confidently in faith that “with my whole heart I seek you” (Psalm 119:10), the honest reason I got involved in leading prayer meetings is because I’m very aware of my own need for Jesus. I have a lot of growing to do in my prayer life, but I desperately want to see God’s kingdom come and His will be done. I know that as our church becomes a people of sincere faith banging on God’s door asking for His will to be done, He is sure to answer. Mark 10:46-52 describes the story of Bartimaeus (whose name means son of honor). In this story a blind beggar, Bartimaeus, is told that Jesus of Nazareth is in the midst of the large crowd passing by him and responds by shouting “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many of the people around him try to shut him up but instead he cries even louder “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Hearing his cry, Jesus calls Bartimaeus to himself and heals his blindness. Wow. This story moves me for two reasons. Firstly, Jesus is the kind of man who while leading a large crowd of people stops with compassion for a yelling beggar. May I never get past this aspect of Jesus’ character. Secondly, if a blind beggar cried out with that kind of expectation when he heard that Jesus was walking past, how much more should we cry out...
PRAYER IS WORTH OUR TIME

PRAYER IS WORTH OUR TIME

The most valuable thing we can do with our lives is know God. John 17:3 says “and this is eternal life- that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” Prayer is essential to cultivating relationship with and knowing God. When I first became a Christian, I didn’t know prayer was part of the package. I was pretty consistent with reading my Bible, I really liked worship, and church was ok sometimes. I was very convinced of the reality of Jesus and the power of the gospel that transformed me, and I knew following Jesus was about relationship and not religion, but the phrase “relationship with God” seemed like an overstatement. On some deep, unspoken, mystical level I thought God and I could interact, and I knew that my love for Him was a gift from Him, but I thought He was distant and uninterested in any sort of real intimacy or friendship. I loved God and I served God, but my greatest delight in knowing God began to unfold after going to a conference a year and a half after giving my life to Jesus. It’s the only Christian conference I’ve ever been to, and I don’t remember who was preaching, all I remember is realizing I had no prayer life. I was very convicted, but I believed God that he would accomplish His will in me, and He is. I am not the intercessory warrior waging World War 3 in the spirit that I would like to be, but I pray consistently and sincerely! Prayer is counter-cultural because it can feel...
WILDERNESS SEASON

WILDERNESS SEASON

The Wilderness is Not the Problem “I’m in a wilderness season.” I’ve said it, maybe you’ve said it, or at least you’ve heard somebody say it. I think one of the best ways to look at a “wilderness season” is a period of time when things are hard; you aren’t enjoying the milk and honey you anticipated, and you’re sleeping in a tent. Metaphorically in our case, but literally for the Israelites. About a month ago, my perspective on the wilderness changed completely. I was at a prayer and worship gathering, and God reminded me of a time when I had been in a similar setting about a year before. I was reading through the Old Testament at the time, Deuteronomy to be exact, and I was getting rocked. Nobody had ever told me the OT was so tasty! I decided to return to the first few chapters of Deuteronomy and God spoke to me once more. Nobody had ever told me the OT was so tasty! Click To Tweet “The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.” (Deut. 1:30-31) Wow. How, then, should we think about the wilderness? It is the very place where we witness God’s extravagant love for us! He goes to such great lengths for His children; it’s like He’s a dad who, seeing that we’re...

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