Wednesday, September 15, 2010 — IDOK Devotion
I read this today: Then I took my sister’s hand and told her I’d be praying for God to mess with her in ways too bold for her to deny.
And so here goes.
So I’ve been asking Father to mess with some people. In transparency, I am fresh from asking Him to mess with you, with me, with all IDOK, family, friends … everybody on my list. Just mess with us, LORD. Now some of that messing I am asking is ‘Father, show them whether they like it or not, whether they actually believe it or not right now, that they are accountable to You and while You LOVE them, they do have to reckon with You and I ask You to mess with them in such a way that they can’t miss that their sins separate You and them, but the BLOOD of JESUS will reconcile them to You. I pray You will mess with them until they say yes. Just mess with them, LORD, mess with them. That’s my messing cry for the lost on my list.
My messing cry for me, for us, is that Father will just get all up in our business, sort out, get rid of, build up, add to, correct, and encourage. You get the idea. Just turn us every way but loose. Just move us to absolutely know HE is the GREATEST that has ever or ever will happen to us and live like it 24/7.
For some that’s gonna mean some Lap Time where HE just pours on the love and peace and comfort; for some that’s gonna mean working with Him for healing; for some that’s gonna mean getting serious about getting some junk out of the daily practice; for some that’s gonna mean brand new adventures; for some a return to the past for some purging and finally be done with it; for some it’s a season of waiting quietly and trusting that what you are waiting for will come.
Hebrews 12 (New American Standard Bible) 1Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
For me, I have struggled and struggled for more years than I can even remember with time/calendars/schedules and today I have driven down a stake in prayer and you are my witnesses as well as a ‘cloud of witnesses’. It goes like this. Father, I am tired of compartmentalized living. The idea of giving You 2 hours and 40 minutes a day as a tithe of time is wonderful. I like it but I don’t want it. I want more. I want You living life with me. I want You doing this life with me. When I wash clothes I want You washing them with me. When I make the bed I want You making that bed with me. When I go buy groceries I want You buying them with me and when I stop to talk to someone in the store, I want You listening in and talking too. I want You looking at everything I look at. I want You hearing everything I hear. I want You commenting on it too and if it does not honor You then it has to go. I want You to tell me to get up from there Girl and get those dishes done … etc. etc. And I acknowledge that it is likely the time is coming that I will attempt to argue with You about something — please remind me quickly of this day. And I know me well enough to know I’ll get busy and will ignore You — please remind me quickly of this day. So I’m acknowledging this is a process that requires much, much training, but that’s not my worry because YOU are the Trainer.
Philippians 1: (New King James Version) 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;
And You surely know how to MESS with me and get Your job done. I am available for this training 24/7, 365. To get up from sleep and lay down for sleep when You say . . . and I in part know what that means — yikes. And all those minutes in between it’s You and me doing life, Father.
This feels right for me.
You all say your prayers. See you tomorrow, Father willing.
Holy hugs, kt
Scripture passages obtained from Biblegateway.com