Confidence in our Sovereign Lord
Let me tell you what happened last night. Our Wednesday nights are typically taken up with soccer. I tell our oldest that she has played more soccer than I have ever played in my entire life, and I am pretty sure she could run circles or, better yet, kick loops around me on the field. Usually, afterward, we head home and eat dinner. Last night though, we headed to Jubilee to join Wednesday night prayer, especially as we sought God’s face for restoration, repentance, and reconciliation for the challenges local churches are walking through in this season.
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Let me say this first. Ricky and Maureen are doing excellent and sacrificial work for us at Jubilee. Please be sure to thank them for their time and commitment to the prayer ministry. Better yet, join them on Wednesdays, even if it is sporadically as your schedule allows. Our time together was rich with singing, thanksgiving, confession, and heartfelt supplication to the God whom we will see on Sunday, Lord willing, addressed in the church’s prayer in Acts 4:23–31. The church addressed their prayer to one who provides a firm foundation for our prayers, especially the ones we prayed last night for a work of healing to happen in the hurts caused in and by the church. Just meditate on the beginning of this for a few moments and see if it doesn’t set your face like flint to ask for big things from our Father. "And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord…" (Ac 4:24). Brothers and sisters, the reason we can have strong confidence in our prayers is not because of anything in us, like crafting eloquent words in prayer. We have tremendous confidence due to who we are praying to. Regardless of whether or not you address God like this in your prayers, this is who you are praying to — Sovereign Lord. Our God, who is our Father in Christ, is also the one who holds absolute power and authority over all. When we pray to him, we pray to the one who rules over all. What a firm foundation for our prayer as we ask him to do what seems to be the impossible, like restoring brokenness, granting repentance, and bringing about reconciliation even from the most profound hurt. Whether or not you can make it to our times of prayer, though I encourage you to make it happen, let’s continue to strive to be a praying people. We have great reason to be so because of who our Father is.