June 28, 2013
The Apostle Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 5:16:
“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
All of that is good but what speaks to me right now is to Pray Continually. That can be a difficult thing to do. But drawing upon something I learned a long time ago I have challenged myself to call on Jesus at all times of the day.
In Luke’s Gospel (Luke 18:35-43) there was a blind beggar sitting by the side of the road in Jericho as Jesus was preparing to enter Jerusalem for the last time. When he realized that Jesus was about to pass him by he began to yell, “Jesus, Son of David! Have mercy on me!”
Over and over again the man yelled and begged until Jesus stopped and called the man to himself asking him what he wanted. The man replied that he wanted to see. And Jesus told him that his faith had healed him.
That speaks to me on many levels but especially it speaks about calling out to Jesus. As individuals what is it that we want Jesus to do for us? Give us peace? Give us abilities to serve God better? Bring healing and compassion to ourselves or people we know?
As a collective body, the church, what is it that we want Jesus to do for our church? There are many more questions but you get the drift.
Jesus Christ Son of David, have mercy on us.