Pastor’s message on Sunday was so encouraging and very memorable, (especially the ladder illustration). When Michael Anderson came to support Pastor on the top of the ladder, there was a huge sigh of relief and the added illustration was very meaningful . (When reaching out in Hope, take someone with you, maybe a Prayer Partner) Hope now has a fresh meaning for me. It had seemed to me to be a prelude to faith, but now it’s like what generates the move toward living active faith. Hope no longer feels “the least” in the trinity of Faith, Hope and Love to me.
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What I am sharing this week comes from Graham Cooke’s book, Beholding and Becoming.
For me it’s difficult to see the pain and suffering that Jesus experienced, but there is precious insight to be revealed in His sorrow and pain.
Graham writes, “Worship is a multifaceted thing , there many different frequencies; Thanksgiving, Adoration, High Praise, Warfare praise, and Lamentations. Lamentations is the most powerful form of worship, but we rarely talk about it. God loves lamentations because it is the only worship that we can do in the absolute reality of where we are. We cannot hide anything in lamentation, and God doesn’t ask us to. In our lives, there are times when our situation is inescapable. A loved one dies; our grief is powerful and absolute. We cannot put our issue and feelings aside.”
What if the prayer I have been praying doesn’t feel like it’s going anywhere?
What if I asked someone else to pray for my request, someone who may have been in this same position and is more aware of God’s interest and involvement?
What if my prayers for someone else gave me hope and faith for my own needs?
What if more than one of us prayed for the same thing, would it have greater effect?
What if I’m not sure that I am praying according to God’s will?