There is a legendary figure named Honi who was known for his audacious prayers. He would pray for rain and it would. And not just a sprinkling, but torrents of water would fall in places not known for inundation.
Mark Batterson hits the nail on the head with a challenge for all of us to pray boldly, persistently, and for the long haul. I am personally encouraged in my faith to alter my prayer form. Rather than vaguely and singly, I am motivated and inspired to take my prayer life to a whole different level. And not just for my own purposes, but for Gods. I want my prayer life to honor all that he is in our lives on this planet in our generation.
So briefly, I make the bold suggestion for any and all of you– glean from a local pastor who has made his story available. A pastor who the Lord has used to plant a church in one of the most influential cities on the planet. We can imagine how much prayer is need there.
All you CRBCers– I so want you to read this book, that if you present the receipt to me, I will pay you for reading it. Blessings.
In Horev they fashioned a calf, they worshiped a cast metal image. Thus they exchanged their Glory for the image of an ox that eats grass! They forgot God, who had saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, wonder in the land of Ham, fearsome deeds by the Sea of Suf. Therefore he said that he would destroy the, [and he would have,] had not Moshe his chosen one stood before him in the breach to turn back his destroying fury (Ps 106:19-23, CJB).
The location of the incident repeated above is originally found Exodus 32. Quite a group of folks whom Moses had to lead out of Egypt into the Promised Land.
A couple of things that I was thinking about this morning as I read this:
1. There may not be a golden calf in which I have melted down all my gold to replace for God, yet, is there something instead? Have I forgotten God and created something else in place of Him? What have I called Yahweh instead of Father? What have I exchanged my imago Dei for?
2. As a church we are participating in a Seder Dinner this March 7th. The purpose of a Seder is to remember all that the Lord had done for the descendants of Abraham in setting up for them a land of promise, a land of refuge and peace, and a place to show Father’s glory. Father was faithful in his promise, but the people were not. The above says, “They forgot God, who had saved them, who had done great things in Egypt, wonder in the land of Ham, fearsome deeds by the Sea of Suf.”
The main point to a Seder is to never forget.
Not to forget,
not to forget who saved them,
not to forget the great things,
not to forget the wonder,
not to forget the fearsome deeds.
Father, I pray we never forget all you have done for us. From all you have redeemed us. From the old. From the degenerate. From the habits. From the addictions. From it all. Help us to have constant reminders of your glory in our lives and the image we possess and how that image is to interact with the world’s we live in. Amen.
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“Help my children to live lives that overflow with thankfulness, giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Colossians 2:7; Ephesians 5:20).
The thing that continues to stand out to me as I read over those verses is the importance of giving thanks in ALL circumstances and most importantly being thankful to Father. Always being thankful is a pretty hard thing to do. At times I’ve caught myself thinking I was doing a pretty good job at it, but then when I sit back to really look at my life I usually see that I, I fact, am most grateful when things in life are good. Even if I am generally thankful in harder times, that thanksgiving is usually followed by requests. Is that true gratitude if I’m not content in the situation, but asking for Father to help change the circumstances? I don’t think it is. My prayer today is that we will be prayerful about a true heart change, that will allow Father to work in us and that we will truly be thankful in whatever situation we face.
Father does ask anything of us that he hasn’t gone before us and done first. I feel like we should have the same expectations for our kids. We can’t expect them to be thankful if we are not being an example of it first. While we’re praying for our kids let’s be more prayerfully conscience of our actions as we live out a Godly example for them.
Guest post- Rachel Theobald