While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. Because he honored God, God answered him. Though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do. Then, having arrived at the full stature of his maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who believingly obey him. Hebrews 5:7-10 (The Message)
I first want to share with you that as of Friday, November 13, 2009, I registered 100 posts on this site! Praise GOD!! Only HE could have made this possible. Thank YOU, FATHER! Thank YOU, JESUS! Thank YOU HOLY SPIRIT!
As an extension to Saturday’s scripture, I wanted to share with you the rest of this message which says that not only were JESUS’ prayers heard because of his reverent submission, but that HE also learned “trusting-obedience by what he suffered. . . having arrived at the full stature of his maturity and having been announced by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.” Obedience, maturity, honor. . . hmmm, very interesting, wouldn’t you say. I really like the translation of this version.
Last week was full of intense preparation for our Fall Prayer Walk on November 14. As you well know, we were blessed beyond measure. I fasted three full days. Praise GOD for sustaining me! We unified very nicely, and we all share this one incredible testimony, and that is the clouds opened up during the entire time of our walk and did not gather again until after we closed in prayer. Literally, the moment the last syllable was spoken in our closing prayer was when we felt mist. Hallelujah!
Here are a couple of pictures from the Fall Prayer Walk. Unfortunately, not everyone is represented here, but still nice photos.
Arise! Cry Out! is a ministry that prays for children across the globe in schools. This ministry has groups in 92 countries around the world, and we all came together for 3 hours on Saturday in corporate prayer to pray for our children. What an amazing experience!
Yesterday, Sunday, as our Altar Prayer Team gathered to cover the day’s services, GOD did something none of us expected while in the prayer room — we laughed! We were making all kinds of mistakes finding scriptures, giving wrong scriptures, and reading wrong scriptures. It was hilarious! We just “cracked up” laughing! LOL!!! It was so much fun. We really had a good time yesterday. I recall the scripture in Proverbs 15:13 that says “a joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Laughter, my friends, is very good medicine!
Finally, after we had gotten all the laughter out of our system, one of our brothers shared that he and his family decided to build strong at home, first. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was a message for me. Lately, I have been resting and spending some quiet time with GOD, but this week I will be spending some special time with my family, getting things in order and preparing for the holidays. We serve a GOD of order, not confusion. Amen!
Thank you for sharing in this 100-day journey with me. There is much more to come! I encourage you to meditate on the Word this week and pray, pray, pray! Not just silently in your heart, but pray and petition with loud cries and tears! Don’t despise your hardships. The bible says count it all joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance and perseverance must finish its work so we may be mature and complete lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4 JESUS learned trusting-obedience by what HE suffered. When HE reached the full stature of maturity, GOD announced HIM as our High Priest in the order of Melchizedek! What do we get when we persevere? Consider this:
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 (NIV)
Isn’t that lovely. . . Let’s pray.
FATHER GOD, we just honor and adore YOU for being so multifaceted! Our all in all! LORD, I have learned that YOU are hilarious! I’m happy to have come to know YOU so intimately. I pray that YOUR sons and daughters will come to know YOU even more intimately. Infuse us with YOUR joy and humor, HOLY SPIRIT! Give us YOUR peace, JESUS! Love us beyond measure, DADDY! May we see YOU in a light we’ve never known and just sit back and “crack up” at how awesome YOU are. YOUR laughter is good medicine!
We thank YOU for this day. I pray for covering and protection for us throughout this week! May no weapon formed against us prosper! Thank YOU for forgiving us and cleansing us of all unrighteousness. May YOUR joy be our strength!
I thank YOU and I praise YOU, even in the matchless name of JESUS the CHRIST I pray, Amen.
Song of praise: Excellent Lord, by Tramaine Hawkins