May 12, 2015

Read: Luke 23:46, Matthew 6:8-9

Texting is often and easily misunderstood, but there was no mistaking this one:  “123 Any Street come get me.  I’m hurt.”  The fact that my blood ran cold did not slow me down as I grabbed my keys and ran for the car.  No further explanation was needed to prompt me to move in the direction of my child.  This role or relationship . . . no, this calling called motherhood . . . is not easy but, boy, is it simple - anything, anytime, anywhere!  Whether able to be physically present or not, the connection formed while still in my womb requires that I cannot hear her cries without suffering alongside her.  Her needs are my needs.  She is mine.

These memories, still fresh, welled up in my chest as I read Christ’s last words, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.”  Jesus affirmed that He knew His Father had not indeed forsaken Him, leaving Him to suffer in solitude, but that He was there suffering alongside Him, ready to receive Him at a moment’s notice.  As Jesus bore the sin of the world, His Father may have turned His face, but He never moved from His side.

The immediacy with which I responded to my daughter’s text was prompted by something deeper than an actual thought.  It was instinct.  It was reflex.  It was design.  It is what parents do.  When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He began, “for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.  Pray, then, in this way: Our Father.”  I am His.  He is mine.  He answers when I call.  He does not let me suffer alone.

Pray:  

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.  

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.  

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.  

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength.  Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have.  Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources.  Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.