A Prayer Imagined

Imagine if every Believer were to pray and intercede for their families, friends and loved ones salvation…

Multiple generations would be saved.

Imagine if we were obedient to Jesus’ call for us to pray for our enemies…

The whole world would probably be saved! 🙂

Know the Father’s Will: Pray for Salvation

7D55B32C-9A68-4AF9-A7D6-655BB86CEA18God is so faithful. I’ve witnessed my family, one by one, come to know Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Jesus cracked even the “tough nuts” in my life. As much as you love them, God loves them more. He desires their salvation even more than you do.

“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” –1Timothy 2:3-4

Sometimes you may wonder, why me Lord? I’m not a pastor or a church elder. Perhaps God chose you to be a shepherd amongst your family members, friends and co-workers because He trusts you to carry His message. Perhaps He can count on you to faithfully intercede on their behalf. You may just have the right ingredients within you that would draw those God placed before you to Christ. To borrow an illustration from my husband, see yourself as the hand of God extended to that loved one and yes, your bitter enemies.

Jesus encourages us to pray for our enemies, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in Heaven.” –Matthew 5:44-45

Choose to be God’s firefighter. You know what’s coming; we have this one short life to choose Christ and our eternal destination. Save lives by snatching people out of the fire (Jude 2:3). It is God’s desire to see that none perish; as children of God we share in that desire. And when you pray know that, “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24

No matter how bad it looks, it may seem like your prayers are having no effect…don’t give up, don’t stop praying! Do not be dismayed by what you see or hear. Be like the persistent widow in Luke 18 and know that our God is a Righteous Judge. Hold on to the fact that HE Who Promised Is Faithful!

Liberty in Christ

The crossIn the book of Luke Jesus went to the synagogue on a Sabbath day where He was handed the book of Isaiah to read. Jesus read,

“The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s  favor.”

 Jesus was reading from Isaiah 61:1-2 but this was not a direct quote of the actual text. It would seem that the Chief Editor did a bit of editing. Was He being mysterious? Perhaps to those who the truth is veiled to, but my belief is that Jesus was revealing to those whom He called, the Truth behind the Freedom we have in Him.

Isaiah 61 reads, “He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” In place of the brokenhearted Jesus said, “recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.”

Let’s stay here a moment. Did you know that you could be exiled and imprisoned yet be fulfilled and free. This was the case with the apostle John on the island of Patmos, he was held captive on this island yet he was free to visit the spiritual realm where he saw and heard divine things that no man has ever seen or heard before. Physically bound but Spiritually free. Then there are those who are living in their dream homes, raising the family they always hoped for, pursuing the job they always wanted. They seem to have it all but on the inside they are mentally, emotionally and spiritually bound. Physically free yet living in an internal prison.

The Key to Living Free

When you look at these verses side by side you’ll see that the key to Jesus’ plan to help the brokenhearted, free the captive and release the prisoner from darkness was to restore sight to the blind.

Immediately after Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the forbidden fruit their vision changed. In Genesis 2:25 it says that Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed in the next chapter, they’re eyes were opened. They realized that they were naked and then attempted to cover themselves. They went from being naked and unashamed to naked, afraid and hiding from God. Keep in mind that God told them that if they ate of this fruit they would surely die. God associates them seeing their lack, seeing themselves through their own eyes and not through His, with death.

My question to you is this, what does Jesus want us to see?

The word of God tells us that if we believe in our hearts and confess that Jesus is our Lord and Savior, then we are no longer prisoners, captives, or broken we are raised with Christ. As Christ is so are we, seated at the right hand of God. On the cross Jesus shifted our view from us to Him, I believe that is the sight Jesus came to restore. No longer seeing our former selves, past or hurt but as a new creation in Christ.

A New Point of View

Jesus is the way

Scripture says when we behold Christ and all of His glory, like in a mirror; we are transformed into that same image we see from glory to glory. In other words when we see ourselves as God does, The Righteousness of God in Christ and when we see ourselves as in Christ and focusing on His finished work at the Cross, His Resurrection, His efforts and not our faults, we are transformed into the same image of Christ. Spotless, without blemish, righteous, worthy and deeply loved. Jesus wants you to see Him working on the inside of you. He doesn’t want you to look at yourself and all that life demands from you.

Jesus wants you to look to Him and see Him as the supplier of all your needs. See Christ as the one completing the great work He started in you.

As we celebrate the victorious death and resurrection of our Lord this Easter I want to encourage your spring-cleaning. See the Father’s love for you, a love made perfect in the death and resurrection of His Son. You are no longer bound but set free. See your freedom at the cross. See your past, pain, faults, setbacks and lack nailed to the Cross and see yourself as God sees you, a new creation, without flaw or fault in His beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

Have a Blessed Easter!

Greater is He

“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”1 John 4:4 KJV 

Within you, child of God is the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, your complete freedom. So let’s meditate on this verse for just a bit. Greater is the Spirit of the Lord that resides in you than the sins of this world. Let’s use that name that is above all names (Philippians 2:10), greater is Jesus Christ that is inside of you than that sickness and lack that is of this world.

Greater is Jesus who is in you than your addictions, your pain, your guilt, your problems with your spouse, your children, that boss of yours who doesn’t appreciate you, those co-workers who undermine you. Greater is He that loves and provides for you out of His riches and glory, than the job or the house you lost. Greater is Christ the true healer, than the disease you were just diagnosed with. Greater is Christ that placed that dream and vision for your life inside of you, than those doubts that keep you from moving forward. Greater is Christ in you…Who’s greater than your fear, greater than your battles.

For Christ took your sickness, He took your heartbreak, He took your guilt and shame, He took your addiction. Christ took your poverty, He took your lack, Christ who was rich became poor for your sake2 Co 8:9. Christ took your stress, He took it all and He nailed it to the cross. He did it so that He can reside in you and fill your heart with joy, purpose, His peace, and a love that is beyond measure.

Sometimes we we lose sight of what Christ did for us. We are saved, we are forgiven, sin has no dominion over us, this world has no dominion over us! I have the seal of the King of Kings upon me, even when I lose my way, when I’m weak in my faith, I can still boldly step into throne of Grace. God says that in my weakness He wants me to come to Him Matthew 11:28. I should never think that I am too broken, or be too ashamed to pray to Him.

I may trip up in this world but I have a Savior dwelling inside of me that will keep me from stumbling. When the walls feel like they are closing in around you, when that problem you’re wrestling with overwhelms you. Let this verse play like a love song in your heart…

Greater is He, Greater is Christ, Greater is the Love that is in you, fighting for you, than this world that fights against you. Greater is He.