You might know the song lyrics… “You came from Heaven to Earth to show the way…” That’s what Jesus was always doing. Even His miracles were not merely to demonstrate His deity. He was showing us how to do what He did and even more! It wasn’t about proving He was the Son of God. It was about showing us that we too, were children of the Father of Lights and could learn to do even greater things than Jesus did.
Perhaps my biggest take away from the 30/30 Worship Challenge has been learning to worship God the Father. I have tended to relate more to Jesus in my prayer life, but it was Jesus who encouraged us to go directly to the Father. And think of this… When asked how to pray, Jesus didn’t say to begin your prayer like this… “O most powerful Lord of the Universe, Magnificent Creator of Heaven and Earth, we humbly come to Thee…”
I would have expected that, but no, Jesus said to pray like this… “Our FATHER who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name…” It’s beyond comprehension for me, that the God of all creation wants us to know we are His children, called by His name, for good works prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. As the Scripture says, “Oh, what manner of love that we should be called the children of God.”
While in Israel I did a few things in my pursuit of God that I never thought I would do. For one, we went to the Western Wall (Wailing Wall) to pray and slip a piece of paper in the cracks with a prayer request and leave it there. One friend of mine, (Alex) asked me if I would plant a specific written prayer in the Western Wall for him, which I was only too happy to do. Men and women are separated so Judy and I couldn’t go together. We took our respective turns at the wall, side by side with Jews and Christians praying for among other things, the peace of Jerusalem.
As I approached the wall, I was called back by security and asked to wear a skull cap or kippah to approach the place of prayer. Out of respect for our Jewish hosts, I complied with one they supplied for folks like me. It really was a special time of prayer for Judy and I as we interceded for a nation and a people God loves. (Jacob have I loved)
At the wall, I was so thankful that God has revealed Himself to us through Jesus Christ, the express image of His person and that He has broken down the middle wall of separation so as to create in Himself, one new man from the two, thus making peace. May God quickly remove the veil over the eyes of the Jewish people that may also receive their Messiah. May we learn to live a life that readily demonstrates the power of God available through Jesus Christ so as to provoke them to jealousy and save some of them. (Romans 11:14)