Monthly Archives: September 2014

Revelation, Prayer, and A Backpack

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“Prayer is either a sheer illusion or a personal contact between embryonic, incomplete persons (ourselves) and the utterly concrete Person.  Prayer in the sense of petition, asking for things, is a small part of it, confession and penitence are its threshold, adoration its sanctuary, the presence and vision and enjoyment of God its bread and wine.  In it God shows himself to us.  That He answers prayer is a corollary, not necessarily the most important one, from that revelation. What He does is learned from what He is.”   CS Lewis, “The Efficacy of Prayer” from The World’s Last Night and Other Essays

Recently God tenderly illustrated how He reveals himself in prayer.  Two of our dear friends were struggling with some problems.  We invited this couple over to our home for dinner followed by a time of prayer.  After sharing our meal together, the four of us gathered in our living room and implored Almighty God for help with these difficulties.

As my husband and I prayed all that was in our hearts for them,  God was ministering to my friend who was given a picture in her imagination.  She saw herself as a small girl wearing a backpack.  She watched herself take her left arm out and her right arm out and then hand her pack to Jesus.  She watched as He put His left arm in her pack and then His right arm in.  Once her pack was on His back, she observed Him taking her hand, as the two of them skipped happily off, swinging their arms.  She left our time of prayer lighter, her sense of peace and equilibrium restored.  Her burdens had been shifted onto the One Who Revealed Himself as  her Burden Bearer.

No doubt some of our requests from that night of prayer will be answered as a corollary,  but the most important part was the Revelation of the Lord Himself drawing near to love His child.

Lord Jesus, I am feeling sad and anxious, weighted down.  Today I am putting these burdens in my backpack and handing it to you.  I am reaching up to clasp your Hand as You clasp mine.  Let’s skip through this day together.  

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Refreshed to Refresh

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Today’s post flows out of yesterday’s post, Calling The Thirsty

Once my thirst for love,meaning, significance, forgiveness, and redemption have been quenched by the Caller and once He has filled these hollow places in my life with His Living Water,  I am a spring.   I am The Caller’s  Spring.

The dictionary defines a spring as a natural fountain or flow of water.  A spring moves.  It is not stagnant.  If I am a spring, then I must ask, “Why do I feel stagnant?”  I think the answer lies in how I allow the challenges and disappointments in life, my griefs and my hurts to keep me in a self-absorbed state.  Proverbs 11:25 proclaims: “He who refreshes others will himself  be refreshed.”

It seems one of the paradoxes of the Christian faith is that I am emptied to be filled.  I must pour out my living water to be re-filled.  Again and again, this filling is the movement that keeps the water fresh, that keeps it alive.

That brings me back to the thoughts I expressed in the post, Doing Business.  If I am to be doing the Father’s business until my Lord returns, it will involve refreshing others, pouring out my living water to be filled again each morning.

Heavenly Father, move me off dead center and thrust me into activities that refresh and revive the thirsty all around me.  Do this by your power and for the Glory of your name.  Amen.

 

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Calling The Thirsty

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“Because he was very thirsty, he cried out to the Lord…Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it.  When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived.  So the spring was called En Hakkore, and it is still there in Lehi.”  Judges 15: 18-19

En Hakkore means the caller’s spring or spring of the caller.

“Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” Revelation 22:17

There is One who is calling you, calling you home to the Land of Living Waters. He longs to strengthen you and revive you, to give you everlasting life.  His name is Jesus. Listen.  Do you hear Him calling your name?  He knows you by name.  He is waiting for you to cry out to Him for living water.  When you do, you will become En Hakkore.  You will be The Caller’s Spring.

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Doing Business

World affairs are more volatile and alarming each day.   Death and destruction increase, and I can barely stand watching the news.  My heart breaks.  As a Christian, I follow the news and  try to understand the times I live in, from the viewpoint of Scripture.

The disciples asked Jesus: “What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”  The entire chapter of Matthew 24 was His answer to their question.  He told them in verse 42, “Therefore keep watch.”

So I keep watch and I look for the signs.  The times and signs tell me that Jesus is coming soon to remove His church from the world before a time of great suffering and judgement.  People often ponder how they would live, if they knew today was their last day.  As a child of the King, I ponder how I should live, if the Lord Jesus is soon going to remove me from this world and meet me and His church in the clouds.

He answers me, “Do business till I come.” (Luke 19:13New King James Version)  I ask, “What business.”  He answers me indirectly by being my example:  “Did you not know that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Luke 2:49 New King James Version)   So I am to spend these days awaiting my imminent departure doing my Father’s business.

Since the parable in Luke 19 talks of talents we are given to do the Father’s business until our Lord returns, I am taking inventory of my talents and praying for wisdom on how to best invest them for eternal returns.  It seems to be an urgent task, in light of today’s current events.  What do you think?

Heavenly Father,  give me wisdom, strength, and perseverance to keep doing business until my Lord Jesus meets me in the clouds.   

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