We seek truth. We desire to give our all to Jesus. To be an acceptable sacrifice of life to Him. To search Him out before we do anything else.
God longs for us to live in peace.
We have good intentions, but get stuck worrying about details and situations we can’t control. Sometimes we are so busy and focused on other things that we miss answers to prayer surrounding us every day. We forget that God’s army of angels is always surrounding us, obeying His every desire. Yet we get so caught up with life that we forget about Jesus. We forget our purpose. We lose sight of where God is leading us. We get heavy hearts. Our lives become overburdened. We fall to the wayside in this fight.
We forget what Christ did for us. We forget the cost of our freedom. We lose the urgency to share the truth of that freedom with others. We let our zeal fade away. We stop seeking God. We quit learning the truth of His Word. We stop being inclusive. We become jaded and bitter. We forget the miracles flowing from God’s Story, from testimonies, from our own life history. We forget the truth. Guidance. Our greatest weapon in the Words of God through Scripture. We forget the future promised to us. We lose sight of the task at hand. We forget where we were when Christ found us. We forget from what we were delivered.
We stop sharing our lives. We quit at the first sign of resistance. We become weak. We forget that God seeks us out, fights for us, and has the power to approach us in any way imaginable, even beyond what we can fathom. We get set in our ways. We become stubborn, close minded, and hardhearted. We walk away from the best we’ve ever known then we wake up and can’t figure out what went wrong, why God left us. Who we’ve become. Why our life has become what it has. We realize that the little choices we made along the way left us deceived. We let sin creep in. We become closed to the ways of God. We ignore the prompting of God. We choose our own way. We live lives of disobedience.
We forget the lost. We forget struggling believers. We let our lights fade away. We forget our salvation. What it means to be saved and live a new life. We step out as weak, powerless victims. We don’t stand strong in faith, battle in prayer, or speak God’s promises over our life. We bow to fear and walk in the chains that are no longer locked and tied because we have been freed. We forget our power over the devil. We forget the gifts of the Spirit. We forget the protection of the righteous. We forget the power to heal the sick. We forget the authority inherent in the name of Jesus.
We forget Jesus isn’t physically absent forever. We forget He has not forgotten us. We forget He is preparing a place for us. That He will return. That we will all stand accountable for the lives we live. We forget Jesus is our intercessor. We forget we don’t stand alone. We forget we have all that we need. That Jesus will use those that stand willing to obey and believe. He will use those willing to answer His call. Moment by moment, day by day, we allow ourselves to forget the blood of Jesus. We forget the darkness of that tragically beautiful day. We forget our story.
The passage for Day 21 of the 40 Day Bible Challenge was Mark 16:1-20, when Jesus was resurrected the dead.
Lord, please forgive us for not honoring the Sabbath. Forgive us for failing to glorify Christ in our body. For worrying and fretting over things that need to be done and things we can’t handle on our own. For not seeking Christ in our lives. For our disbelief. For failing to obey Your call. Please forgive us for not viewing Scripture as sacred. For failing to live lives of repentance. For disobedience. Forgive us for not caring for the lost. For not strengthening and encouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ. For not embracing Your promises and blessings. Forgive us for not stepping out boldly in faith. For living as weak victims and not powerful victors in You. For having a peppered belief of Scripture and not a firm belief in Scripture as a whole. Forgive us for not embracing the power offered to us. For failing to preach Your Message through our lives. Forgive us for not allowing God to work in and through us. For not allowing Him to use us to bless others.
Thank You, Lord, that angels truly exist. Thank You that Jesus rose from the dead. That God still loves and accepts us when we make mistakes and return to Him with open hearts. Thank You that Jesus taught the truth. Thank You that Scripture is sacred. That we will embrace eternal life. That salvation is ours. That Jesus freed us from demons. Thank You that Jesus can reach us anywhere and in any way. Thank You for the promise that if we believe and are baptized we will be saved. Help us to remember that unbelief leads to condemnation. Thank You that believers have the power to cast out demons in Jesus’ name, speak in new languages, handle snakes, drink poisons, and heal the sick. Thank You that Jesus is in Heaven with You. Think You that Jesus will work through us and confirm our living testimony with miracles.
Father, please take our unbelief, disobedience, and unwillingness to serve when You call and remove them far from us. Take our worry and our attempts to plan everything ourselves and fill them with a dependence and trust in You. Replace our tendency to live as though angels and miracles don’t exist and replace them with expectant faith. Heal our closed minds, hearts, and eyes. Open them anew to Your truth. Remove our apathy, the temptation to take our beliefs lightly and the delaying of our obedience and make us clean. Remove our lack of reverence for Scripture, inattentiveness to the testimony of others and selfishness. Take away our lack of faith and our doubt of Your providence when You call.
Lord, help us to embrace Your gift of peace and learn how to cherish a life of calm relief in all things. Help us share our insights with other believers, even those who seem to be journeying backward on their walk with You, for they are the ones who need to hear Your insights most of all. Give us the courage to share Your salvation message with the lost you place in our lives. Help us to share even in the face of disbelief, doubt, and discouragement.
May we seek the Lord like the women at the tomb, share our testimony and the message of salvation like those women, the two followers on the road and the eleven disciples. Thank You, for their examples in our lives.
Jesus, what would you have us do? Please appear to us and be near to us, for we seek you. Take all of our worries and concerns for we trust You to provide for us in all things. Help us to see You at work around us. Open our eyes to recognize Your wondrous works. Help us to recognize that Your angels surround us always. Bless us with the experience of a deep, overwhelming peace from Your presence. Help us to understand the crucifixion and resurrection through Your eyes. Help us to model our lives in awe of those powerful truths. Bless us with the fervor to share our testimony openly to those who need to hear it. Help us to live out forgiveness and grace for believers who fall away, and encouragement to the struggling, just as You reach out for us to draw us near to You. Open our eyes, our minds, and our hearts to see Your truth in the Scriptures. Stir up in us a spirit of obedience so we may follow Your will for our lives. Give us strength to proclaim Your salvation to the lost. Bless us with deliverance from sin and bondage. Grant an unwavering faith in us and our believing brothers and sisters in Christ. Place within us a sense of urgency to obey Your will, save the lost, and live righteously. Give us freedom from stubbornness and pride. Bless us with wisdom and discernment to see Your truths. Give us a deeper understanding and appreciation for the power in Your name. Instill in us the courage and strength to cast out demons, to speak to the nations, to handle threats unharmed, to trust in your protection from dangers and to heal the sick in Your name. Lord, speak to us. Help us to hear You. Help us to know You. Help us to remember You always and who You are in all mercy, love, and holiness. Please work in and through us. Let us be a blessing to all we come across. Bless others through our lives, Lord.
Protect us from worrying rather than standing in prayers of faith. Keep us from excluding those who fall away. Save us from unbelief. Rescue us from stubbornness. Keep us from refusing to listen to the testimony of others and seeking out Your truth. Prevent us from secluding the Gospel Message. Deliver us from the temptation to not act in Jesus’ name. Keep us from living lives of fear and using fear as an excuse. Protect us from living lives of unforgiveness. Keep us from not allowing ourselves to be a channel for You and the power of the Holy Spirit.
Thank You that Jesus died as a sacrifice for our sins. Thank You that angels truly exist all around us. Help us to remember that angels can appear to be like us. Thank You that Jesus rose from the dead and conquered death, sin and all evil. Thank You that Jesus paved the way for us. Thank You that we are truly and completely forgiven. Thank You so much, Lord, that You welcome us back with open arms when we fall away and make mistakes in our walk with You. Thank You that Jesus spoke the truth. Thank You that You will will work through us if we believe and obey. That the truth of Scripture saves, is reliable, Holy, and has the power to change those who read and hear it. Thank You that Jesus saw, respected and loved those despised by society. Help us remember that the irrational is not easy to accept. Thank You that Jesus can use any means to get our attention and speak to us. Help us remember our mission is to save the lost through Christ, and we are to share what we know with others. Thank You that those who believe and are baptized will be saved. Help us to remember that those who don’t believe will be condemned. Thank You that as believers we can cast out demons, speak in new languages, handle dangerous situations, be exposed to threatening circumstances unharmed, and heal the sick in Jesus’ name. Help us to remember the power we have in You. Thank You that Jesus is in Heaven with You. Thank You that You will work through us and use miracles to verify our obedient acts as needed.
Jesus, thank You for the sacrifice You gave to us, and providing for us in all things.Thank You that Your angels look after us. Thank You that Your resurrection conquered death, sin, and the evil in our lives and in this world. Thank You for forgiveness for all of our sins. For taking us back when we wander away. That Scripture is true. That Jesus always and forever speaks the truth. Thank You for the obedience of believers. That Your words never fail. For eternal life. Thank You for a love that overcomes all judgement and prejudice. Thank You for everyone who has believed Your truth. Thank You for seeking us out and appearing to us. That scripture and salvation spread throughout the entire world. For miraculous powers. For divine protection. For power over demons and sickness. For the ability to speak to other nations and heal the sick. That You are preparing a place for us in Heaven. That You will come back for us. That You are our advocate and intercessor before God. That you are working in and through us. Thank You for verifying the truth You speak through us to others.
Thank You for remembering us.
Help us to remember You.
What did Mark 16:1-20 speak to you?