As I awake to the sun piercing my windows and aroma of coffee in my home, it is with deep sadness I feel what today symbolizes. Good Friday is our day to celebrate what Christ did for us, but the cost of His love, the pain for His mercy and the loss to be saved breaks me every time. 30 years, this is what our earth got from a man that came purely to love, to guide, to teach. 3 years is all we got of His actual works. So while I sit here and be present, to reflect on what today truly is, I mourn. I grieve. I pray.
8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
It is in prayer that we get the gift of communicating with the man that saved us, that died for us, that purified us to join him in heaven. It is in prayer that we get to lay before Him, imperfect and flawed and profess our repentance. It is in prayer that we get to ask for His guidance, His favor, His blessing. It is in prayer that we get to just be. With Christ, in Christ.
I look at my prayer life and know it can be tweaked, improved. I know I can be more intentional, not just with my words but with my time. I can carve out that space throughout the day….and not just when I am feeling overwhelmed, but when I am feeling joy, peace. I can thank him at the brink of dawn for the new day and the new hope that it brings. I can thank him at noon for the day that has come for me to do His good works. I can thank him at dusk for His blessing on the day and I can thank Him at night for His provision and protection to restore. I can pray for my brothers, my sisters. I can pray for favor on those suffering and comfort on those in pain. I can pray for His ways to guide my thoughts and to heal my soul. I can pray.
18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18
It is in our prayer that we can transform and change our thoughts to be as Jesus taught, with love and mercy. It is our thoughts that transform our actions and lead us to a life of service or selfishness. Its our thoughts we must hold captive, must protect, to keep our hearts pure and clean. It’s our thoughts that look back at us in the mirror when we feel less than or unworthy. It is our thoughts that make us brave, take us out of our box and give us opportunity but it is also our thoughts that hold us captive, keep us contained and stop us from dreaming. Where do you want to be? Where do you want to go? Pray those words and believe in them. It is in these words, prayers, that your destiny sits and waits. You CAN work from home, you CAN have the office that overlooks the city, you CAN be a teacher, a leader, a writer. You CAN be. Your thoughts, your prayers are the gateway to making this happen.
“Be the change you hope to see in the world.” -Ghandi
So as we all remember and receive the gift that Christ gave us as He died on that cross, lets honor Him today in our prayer. Lets honor Him in living.
11 “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[a] his Spirit who lives in you.” Romans 8:11
It is always my hope that these words get to those they were intended for.