3 more days!! I cannot wait to gather together on Good Friday at all Heritage locations at 7:00 pm to worship the King of kings and Lord of lords. Even now, as I look back on our journey through this time of prayer & fasting, I see the fingerprints of God all over it. He has proven Himself faithful time and time again. I pray you have been challenged and encouraged through your times of prayer and study.
As a ministry team, we look forward to hearing what God did in your life during this time of sacrifice, and we also look forward to seeing you at the Good Friday Celebration.
Everyone is welcome.
John 18 sets the stage for several significant events including one of my favorite sections of this particular book…the Reinstatement of Peter in Chapter 21. In just one chapter, Peter moves from aggressive defender to cowardly betrayer. It is also in this chapter that Peter begins a process of learning in three’s. He betrays Jesus 3 times here. In a few chapters, He will affirm his love for Jesus 3 times, and he will learn of God’s plan to take the Gospel to the Gentiles through yet another set of 3. [Acts 10]
It seems like Peter needed to hear things 3 times before he learned what God wanted him to know. I wonder if his name Peter, aka Cephas, which means “rock”, had any connection to his learning style. If so, we probably all need to be named after rocks, too. Just kidding. 😉
But how many times does God have to say, show or teach you something for you to listen?
I, for one, feel like I am on something more like a “3 dozen plan.” In verse 37, Jesus says, “Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Do you listen to God the first time?
Take time tonight to pray and ask God to help you listen to Him the first time.
Lord Jesus – In 2 Chronicles 7:14-15, You say that Your eyes and ears will be attentive to what we say when we humble ourselves, turn from wickedness and pray. I continue to ask You to do that, BUT I ALSO ASK…that You would allow our eyes and ears to be attentive to YOU. May we hear You clearly in the remaining days of our prayer & fasting. Help us listen to You the first time, and may Your will be done in and through us. Amen.