Archive for July 3, 2012
As Jesus finishes the final conversation with His disciples … He turns His eyes to heaven and to the Father in prayer. This prayer – which seems so intimate and personal that we feel we are eavesdropping – was meant to be heard. It was meant to be heard by Jesus’ disciples at the time and by us this many generations removed from the moment. I want to spend quiet, reflective time in this “high priestly prayer”. Let’s move slowly … carefully … thoughtfully … as we read these verses. And, let’s turn Jesus’ words and heart into our own. More >
In Matthew 28:8, And they (the two Marys) left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His (Jesus’) disciples.
After the women saw the wonderful works of God, their hearts were relieved. The hope that was drained from them three days ago had been restored by seeing the tomb empty. The women had reliable eyewitness evidence to based their faith on. After they confirmed what they suspected, they couldn’t help but share the glorious news with the rest of the people. We do the same thing. When our favorite sports team wins a championship or our More >
We continue Jesus’ “high priestly prayer” today … read John 17: 6 – 19.
Jesus’ attention now turns to His disciples. He is getting ready to pass the mantle of His work onto the shoulders of these few disciples who have faithfully believed, followed and obeyed Him. The task will be arduous. The hatred from the “world” will be palpable. As we read this portion of Jesus’ prayer … notice the things for which he prays … the things that are of utmost importance to Him as He intercedes for His followers … notice!
And as we look at these 1st priority More >
Pharaoh’s dream has too often been my waking experience. My days of sloth have ruinously destroyed all that I had achieved in times of zealous industry; my seasons of coldness have frozen all the genial glow of my periods of fervency and enthusiasm; and my fits of worldliness have thrown me back from my advances in the divine life. I had need to beware of lean prayers, lean praises, lean duties, and lean experiences, for these will eat up the fat of my comfort and peace. If I neglect prayer for never so short a time, I lose all the More >