Sep 26 2013

All night long

As I read about Jesus’ lifestyle while he was on earth, especially the accounts in the book of Luke, I find that Jesus spent a lot of time praying. I suppose that isn’t a big surprise but I do think it is something that is often overlooked. We mention the 40 day fast at the beginning of his ministry often enough but there usually isn’t much discussion about the other mentions of him often sneaking away to the wilderness to pray. Luke 6:12 shows us one private prayer meeting where Jesus spent “the whole night in prayer.” The whole night! That’s a long prayer meeting. And when you look at the powerful results of Jesus’ earthly ministry it seems pretty clear that the miracles were a reflection of these private prayer times. I often get up early in the morning to spend a few hours in prayer and it is not uncommon for me to set aside a full day for prayer on a regular basis. I do this because I want to be closer to my Abba. I do this because I know that in the secret place with God we are given revelation about what he wants to do on the earth. These close relationships make us more effective in ministry. Show me a dead church and I’ll show you a ministry team that doesn’t spend enough time in prayer. If it was good enough for Jesus it is good enough for me. And if it’s something Jesus modeled then maybe it is something we should pursue for our own lives.

Sep 14 2013

The Higher Truth

Jesus made a lot of promises when he was on earth and one that stands out as particularly interesting to me is what he said in Mark 16 just before he went back to heaven. He said that believers will “lay hands on the sick and they will get well.” He didn’t say they might get well, or sometimes they will get well. He said they WILL get well. So if that is the case why don’t we see more people healed? Why is the earth still full of sickness? If it is God’s will to heal everyone than why are diseases still running rampant on the earth? I don’t know the answer to that and I’m not sure if there really is a perfect explanation but I do know that there is a lot more going on than many of us realize. Isaiah 55:11 tells us that God’s word always accomplishes what he sent it to do. When he spoke the universe into existence it happened. When he commanded light to burst forth from nothingness it happened. And when he said the sick will be healed when we pray, it will be done. God’s word always trumps what we see in the physical realm. God’s word is always true regardless of what we see with our physical eyes. It is a higher truth and the higher truth is always better than a lower one. Don’t worry about what you see with your physical eyes, focus instead on what he said and know that the higher truth of his word is what will be.