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Prayer For God’s Mission and Lent-Part 6 (Refreshment Sunday)
I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe that we have made it to the Fourth Sunday in Lent. It has been quite the journey and I’m so glad that you have joined me in this. I feel like I have gotten closer to God. What about you?
This Sunday is known as Refreshment Sunday. It is called that because it is a reminder that there are only a few weeks left. In two weeks it will be Palm or Passion Sunday and in three weeks it will be Easter. We have Refreshment Sunday because it’s a way to remind us that our fast is almost over. Traditionally, this Sunday is a break from the rigors of the seasons. In churches that uses vestments the color is more a rose than a purple.
I find this phrase very interesting. This term doesn’t refer to the 12 Apostles, but to the second century leaders of the church. People like St. Augustine. During the fourth Sunday of Lent, many people will read either information about the Church Fathers or what they wrote. In my research of Lent, St. John of the Ladder, a monk, took the time to do that.
There is at least one piece of value that I see in this. God’s mission didn’t end when the book of Acts ended. It continued into the second century and beyond. It it easy to see how God worked when reading the Bible, but God hasn’t stopped working. The more we know how God worked in history, the better we are able to discern what he is doing today.The Bible says He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
I encourage you to learn about Church history. And as you are learning, pray that God will show you how he was at work. I think I’m going to go to my local library or my Pastor's office and see what I can take out to help me learn more about God’s interaction with men throughout history.
Song of Agreeing with God
Here are the list of readings for this week and my insight of them. Of course, take the time to read the passages yourself and don’t forget to ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand. Remember, the Holy Spirit is the greatest Teacher in all the universe.
Joshua 5.9-12: For 40 years, the nation of Israel ate Manna from heaven. In this passage, they ate food from the land. The takeaway from this is that God does bring us through the wilderness. He fulfills His promises and provides for us while we are waiting.
Psalm 32: I love how David starts out this Psalm. “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven.” This happened because David confessed his sin, agreeing with God on who we are as well as being honest about our sin. Confession is so very important, not only in life in general but also in the christian’s walk. What do you need to confess? Is there someone, other than God, who you need to ask for forgiveness? My prayer for you is that you will take the time to do this. Again, I stress the importance - unforgiveness is most likely the number one impediment in being able to hear God.
2 Corinthians 5.16-21: This is a great passage after reading Psalm 32. This is about reconciliation. As Christians, we have been reconciled to God and we have been given the ministry of reconciliation. Confession is our attempt to reconcile to God. Then our ministry of reconciliation is to help others be reconciled to God, them to us and finally to each other.
- Luke 15: This is a great chapter in scripture. It is three stories of looking for something or someone who is lost. I love the father in the third story looking for his son. This is a picture of God looking for us. Even with all your sins, he is still wanting for you to come back to him. And your friends and co-workers who are not yet Christians also.
The Father Welcoming Home His Lost Son
How to Pray
I have some final thoughts for you about how to pray.
Let God Search You: At least once a week I take time to allow God to search me for any ways he wants to change. Sometimes it is an action he wants me to do, and others times it is something he wants me to stop. I suggest taking some time and allowing God to do this for you so you can repent.
Be Reconciled to God: Ask for forgiveness and repent. Make sure that you have God helping you with each of these.
Looking for the Lost: Pray that you will share God’s love with one person daily. This is a prayer called, Pray for One. You ask God to give you one person to share his love with that day. Then, be on the lookout who that person is.
Finally, ask God to help you understand how he is working today and in the history of the world.
More Information on Pray for One
- Praying for One Transforms Church | Christian Standard
By Kent E. Fillinger “Pray for One.” Bo Chancey sent an e-mail to everyone at Manchester (New Hampshire) Christian Church on the Thursday before he preached his first sermon there. He told them his inaugural message would be for each person to pray f
Who do you relate to more in parable of the lost sons
God is on mission. And His mission is about forming you. This takes prayer and action. So, pray, pray, and pray; early and often. Then act on what God is showing you.