Save the date for our next 24 Hours of Prayer the weekend of April 7 and 8th, 2018.
We will be having a time of Corporate Prayer on Sunday, April 8 at 7 PM here at Bethany Chapel.
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Walking paths are marvelous, yet never a mindless activity. There are always branches to new paths breaking open before us. We thought going for a walk was supposed to be easier. Now, how do we decide which path will offer the greatest joy?
Throughout the Gospel of Luke we see the mission of God is advanced through prayer. What was happening moments before Zechariah received news that his wife, Elizabeth, would give birth to John the Baptist? Look what Luke writes, “And the whole multitude of people were praying outside at the hour of incense” (Luke 1: 10). Again, at the baptism of Jesus we see God powerfully at work following prayer. “Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, ‘you are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased” (Luke 3: 21-22). The night before Jesus chooses the twelve apostles in Luke 11: 12 it says, “he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God.” The Son of God, the second person of the Trinity, spent the night praying before revealing His choice of apostles.
Jesus shows us that His mission on earth advances through prayer. The theme of prayer carries all the way to the cross. One the cross Jesus prays, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” As Christ advances the kingdom of God against the darkness, He is praying. Suffering and humiliated on the cross, Jesus intercedes for sinners. Until the very end, Jesus is working to rescue the unworthy. The humility of Christ displays the true glory of our Living God. Jesus had no need to be impressive to display His power. On the cross, He had no need to demonstrate his infinite power to gain the approval of people.
The path is opening up before us. God is gently calling us all to give up our need to be impressive, to give up our kingdoms of self, to stop relying on our ingenious plans and programming to rescue us. The Father wants to gently restore the unworthy and all that we have damaged. He is waiting to see if we are willing to move all our chips over onto Him. The crossroads on the path is not the problem; the problem is our unwillingness to trust in God alone. Jesus promises, “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18: 14). And here we find the answer to our dilemma of where to walk; the path we must take to follow Jesus is always on our knees. Participating in the mission of Jesus does not just mean we start on our knees, it means we stay down there through suffering, through joy, through it all, because our greatest need will always be for the presence of God in our lives.
1. Prayerfully reflect on Jesus’ statement, “everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18: 14).
2. Prayerfully reflect on Hosea 6: 1-3:“Come, let us return to the LORD;for He has torn us, that He may heal us;He has struck us down, and He will bind us up.After two days He will revive us;on the third day He will raise us up,that we may live before Him.Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD;His going out is sure as the dawn;He will come to us as the showers.”