Holy Week

“Don’t have faith. Have active faith!” It’s what I said to a lady this morning. I was encouraging her to be open handed with her business and not just have Faith in God, but pray forth what God’s dreams  for her life are. The idea will not leave me because it’s Holy Week. It’s one of my favorite  times of the year.  I set this week aside to try to reflect on the significance of this week and the impact it has on the rest of my year.

_ My house will be called a House of prayer._

I also spend more time in prayer than I usually do. If I have ever known you or had a conversation with you, chances are you are getting prayed for! That’s how the conversation started with the lady this morning:)

If I like your status or Instagram, pic; you are definitely getting prayed for.  I’m sharing this to encourage you to join me! It’s amazing and life changing when you partner up with Jesus to pray for something to come forth in His name.

I Googled Jesus Holy Week… I know… Super spiritual and learned that on day two, Jesus entered the temple and cleansed it out of all things that weren’t suppose to be there.

After Jesus cleared it out, Matthew 21:13 writes,” My house will be called a House of prayer.”

If you have spent any time in church, you’ve heard that your body is a temple.  Let’s take this week to turn our bodies into a house of prayer!!!  Let’s pray boldly for God to move in our lives and in the lives of others.  Pray that God gives you the boldness to invite someone to church for Easter.  Pray for that friend or family member that they come to know Christ this year.

Later on this day in Holy Week, Jesus’ disciples were amazed of what they witnesses Jesus do a fig tree.

Jesus’ response is totally my point!! I love it.

“I tell you the truth if you have faith and do not doubt not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, “Go throw yourself into the sea and it will be done.” If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer!

What!?! Tell a mountain to go throw itself into the sea??? Jesus….that sound crazy.  And have no doubt…I’ve tried that and it didn’t work.

It’s so important to know that Jesus knows us more than we know ourselves.  He knows we have doubts.  He knows we don’t dare pray for mountains to move because we can’t even walk across this little creek! I prayed for patience yesterday, had no doubt, and still yelled at the kiddos!!

This passage is a beautiful invitation from Jesus to pray for BIG things.

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So cleanse your temple and turn it into a house of prayer this week.  It’s almost like Jesus is daring his disciples.  I can’t share enough about what I’ve seen the Lord do during these weeks of prayer.  He has always been so faithful.  Spend some time reading about what Jesus did this week. I literally Google Holy week because I’m not a Bible scholar…thanks Siri!  If you have never been one to read the Bible, I encourage you to start today!  It’s good stuff. I’m reading the gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John this week.

I challenge you to not just have faith in Jesus this week but instead have Active Faith! Join Jesus and do what He says and pray that mountains move.

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Father,

I thank you for Jesus. I thank you for His example. I thank you that because of Easter we can actually join you.  I pray that every eye who reads these words draw closer to this week and that you reveal what needs to be cleaned out of our lives.  Help us to pray boldly and move mountains in Jesus’ name.  It’s all about you God. Please keep us amazed at your goodness. In Jesus’s name I pray.

Amen

 

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Be Brave. Pray for Life.

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Are you brave enough to pray for life? Sometimes I’m not. It’s hard to pray those big prayers when things are scary and seem hopeless. I have definitely been in a place where I’ve had all the faith and hope that God would heal and then He didn’t. It does take bravery to ask for life because let’s face it…we all know someone who has prayed for life and it didn’t come. It’s easy and natural to ask the questions, “Where was God ? It made no sense then, why would He give life now?” I have asked these things.

I think we have to be careful with putting God in boxes when it comes to praying for big things. I’ve learned that’s how I pray. It’s like I have more boldness to pray for healing when the odds are more in my favor. I think it’s a pride thing…like my faith in my prayers will somehow determine the outcome. This is an ugly place be in because then it’s about me and not the Holy, Loving, Sovereign God.

The Lord also continues to refresh and heal my heart so that I do have the boldness to pray for life the next time the odds aren’t in my favor. Because there will be a next time. He heals our hearts because He is good and loving and knows more than we do.

I’ve been praying for a lot of life lately. My mom has a really scary cancer and we just received bad news about my precious grandmother… My mom’s mom. Mom is about to be in isolation for 4 months. Granny has something very life threatening for an 84 yr old. You do the math.

I need for all of this to NOT happen at the same time.

I then remembered something I tend to forget… a lot. In the Bible, Jesus tells us to ask for our daily bread. I’m terrible at this. I’m more of a meal plan girl, myself. Jesus telling me that Daily Bread is enough is hard for me to swallow.

I don’t think it’s an accident that Jesus is also referred to as the bread of life. He tells us to ask for daily bread because He is all we need daily. So yes, I’m speaking life over my granny and mother every day. I’m praying that Jesus touches, heals, and sustains life today.

After being overwhelmed and crying for two days I decided to pray for life instead. I started speaking life and rejuvenation into Granny. I prayed God would heal what need to be healed and Jesus would sustain my granny’s life.  I asked my friends and small group to join me.

I’m not going to lie. It can be embarrassing to tell people I am praying for healing for an 84 year old who knows the Lord. But that isn’t my call. As Christians, we are to pray for life and leave the results to God.

Daily Bread seems like such a small thing to ask for when praying for situations with large emotions attached to it. But I pray that you have the boldness to pray for life anyway. Speak life over the sick child. Speak life over the failing marriage. Speak life over the awful job environment.Who knows what will happen tomorrow, but today we can pray for enough daily bread to get us through whatever is going on, today.

Doctors don’t know why granny is doing so well. Her body is responding differently than they expected. They are no longer talking about hospice options, but discharge dates. I had a wonderful visit with her yesterday. She is such a treasure to me. My mom is also doing well today. She is the most amazing woman I know.  We are preparing for her transplant at the end of the month. It’s looking like this daily bread is actually enough for today!!

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for this day and for Jesus. Father I pray that every eye who reads this will have an increased desire to pray to you. I pray that you increase our boldness to pray for the people we know and love. Help us to speak life.  Help us to see you working in the times of uncertainty and give us the faith to trust you are good. Lord, please give us this day our daily bread and thank you for Jesus who gives us life. Please bring people to our minds that we need to be praying for and help us to be faithful to do so. I ask all these things in your name.

Amen.

It’s hard to love people.

You’ve got to love an election year to remind you of how different we actually are from one another!!!  Lines are drawn, sides are taken, spiritual convictions are running high, or maybe they aren’t. I was reminded this week of how easily it is to judge and feel judged by others over differences in how we view the world.hard to love (1)

At one point, I was even offended by what one person thought was right and I saw as wrong. I don’t like it when the Lord reveals the yuckiness in my heart, but I was reminded once again that…yes, I still judge people and yes….I think my ideals are better than yours.
I wish I was a person who could just LOVE everyone!!

I’m a Christian for Pete’s sake!! And loving others is totally WWJD. After not liking the blah feelings that come after disagreements, I started praying for God to take them away.  I came across 1 John 11-12, “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”

This totally freed me from feeling like an unloving Christian because I remembered one very important thing. I remembered that our culture uses the word love in a completely different way than it was meant in Bible times. We want love to be all lovey-dovey and full of emotion. Let’s face it, that isn’t reality. I felt like a total failure when trying to measure up to that type of love. I can’t honestly say I “love my neighbors” using that meaning of the word love. But the Bible  says in John 14:10 that if you obey his commands, you will remain in love.

Okay, awesome… because that I can do. I simply confessed that I still don’t love people properly and I need God to help my heart.

I know Jesus commands us to serve one another, lay our lives down for one another, love our neighbor as ourselves.  Love does. Love serves. Love sacrifices. I might not agree with you, but I can bring you a casserole if you are sick. You might think my way of life is ridiculous, but I can invite your family over for a cookout. As I serve others, I remain in His love and just like the end of verse 12 states, ” His love is made complete in us.”

I want His love complete in me. So, I can confess I don’t see everyone how God sees them. I can humble myself and serve them and trust that God will change my heart. He has been faithful to do so in the past. I look forward to watching Him show up again and again.

Who do you need to love? Who are you holding judgments towards? I can tell you, Satan wants to keep you there because it’s a wonderful distraction from what we are here to do and that is love one another.

God says if we remain in Him, obey what He says, our joy and love will be made complete in Him. Sounds good to me.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for loving us first. Thank you for Jesus and his sacrifice for us. Help us to love one another. Help us to love different people and show us how to serve and obey. Please bring peace into relationships where conflict exists. I pray every eye who reads this will know and rely on the Love you have for us.

I pray this in Jesus’ name,

Amen.