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Church: An Interceding Community
Vs. 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it
I have always heard that prayer is powerful. Later in
my life I started believing that prayer is powerful. By God’s grace He
opened my eyes to see how important prayer is in a deeper way. Whenever I
think of devotion in prayer, I think of Jesus in the Garden of
Jesus was praying not just once, but in a series of
times just moments before going to the cross. He was praying in the
Garden of Gethsemane.
Jesus told them to “sit here while I go over there to
pray” (Matthew 26:36)- With prayer it is important to set apart a time of
personal prayer where it is just between you and God; a time for you to
be ALL there before God.
He took along Peter, James, and John further into the
garden- his inner circle of disciples, for us maybe our version of Peter,
James and John could be our accountability partners or advisers in our
spiritual walk. Jesus trusted Peter James and John to be open enough with
them to share that he was beginning to feel “sorrowful and troubled” he
was being vulnerable to his closest disciples. In times of trouble and
sorrow we also need to be vulnerable, we need to be vulnerable in terms
of letting our guard down, being transparent, and admitting a need for
support. That state of being vulnerable is not very easy to attain
because as humans we don’t want to look helpless and weak, but really
vulnerability is a reflection of strength because Paul says “for when I
am weak then I am strong” (2nd Corinthians 12:10).
So Jesus continues to go further into the garden, now by
Himself, to meet with God. The Savior of this world FELL on His face and
prayed (Matthew 26:39). That is a pretty intense way of coming before
God, but really there is NO better way. You need to fall, and you could
cry, you could laugh for joy, whatever it is…you need to be real before
God in the moment of prayer.
Jesus was perfect, a man who knew no sin. Jesus in all
perfection needed to fall before God moments before taking up the “cup”
(sins of the world). There was a struggle Jesus had with that “cup” He
asked God if it was possible, to let that cup pass, but immediately
follows that plea with “not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39).
In the time of prayer remember that whatever the cup is—-whatever the
sin, the struggle, the burden the Lord has placed on your heart to pray,
follow that with asking for God’s will to be done.
After waking up His disciples Jesus goes back to
spend time with His father. Jesus goes back to His disciples and says the
“hour is at hand” the time where Jesus was going to be betrayed “into the
hand of sinners” to be hung on the cross that brought salvation to those
sinners (past, present and future) (Matthew 26: 45).
Jesus is telling us now that the hour is at hand for
His people to pray and pray all the more till His second coming, for that
time is coming soon, so we need to be ready to intercede through prayer.
Father God, we thank you for giving us the greatest
example of interceding through prayer. Please give us the discipline to
spend time in prayer interceding on behalf of your church. Amen
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Are we praying for doors to open so the mystery of
Christ is declared?
Jenny Zachariah, Immanuel
MTC, Houston, TX
Christian Education Forum,
Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church
Community Formation Around
Resurrection ExperienceActs 23:1-10 Vinod JohnsonCarmel MTC, Boston,
MA6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others
were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son
of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the
Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is
the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this
particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not
tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist
deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly
visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand!
this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He
seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and
the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resurrection of
Revelation for LiberationActs 27:18-26 Sherine ThomasLong Island MTC, NY 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small
tempest raged, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
“After winter comes the summer. After night comes the dawn.
And after every storm, there comes clear open skies” so said a Scottish
clergyman from the 1600s. It’s been said, that hope can sometimes be the most
dangerous weapon. However, it’s sometimes the hardest weapon to carry
when you’re living with the loss of a loved one, something that almost feels
like a terrible nightmare that’ll never go away. It’s a weapon difficult
to carry when day in and day out no one seems to hear or see those tears that
are shed or silent cries that are made during a heartfelt prayer. It’s a
weapon difficult to carry as you see your loved one lying on that hospital bed.
It’s a weapon difficult to carry as you search and seek out answers to
tell a child as to why they’ve been abused, abandoned, and …
Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of
Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments,
anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood
among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some
people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed
Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of
God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God
with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an
important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the
statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed
in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests
have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his
people. Two important things from thi…