*EDITOR NOTE: No, I haven’t forgotten about this blog…after all of life’s responsibilities, there’s not much time left. Plus, I’ve been putting a lot of my efforts into my ministry project, Bring Me 70: Using the power of prayer to prevent pastoral burnout.
www.pray4pastors.com (which will take you directly to the daily prayers page)
That said…this was Good Friday’s prayer post that I wanted to share here. (Hopefully it will motivate me to get back to posting here more often… I trust all is well with you and remember the reason for the Easter season!
On this Good Friday, follow this train of thought with me, for just a moment.
An online dictionary defines “suicide mission” as is:
“(of an action) undertaken or (of a person) undertaking an action in the knowledge that it will result in the death of the person performing it in order that maximum damage may be inflicted on an enemy ”
In the war against the soul of man, by Satan, through the avenue of sin, I have but one person up to the task.
We’ve seen it in the movies. We’ve heard the real life stories. Perhaps you are reading this, and you have lived it.
The HERO. The one who steps up and does what needs to be done, when no one else is willing; when no one else is available; when no one else can inflict as much damage as another potential person. Accomplishing the impossible, through the supernatural, Christ did what no other person could. Plus, because it’s a spiritual war, not a physical one, there’s the whole qualification aspect, to be able to pull this off.
There was only one, perfect person who could accomplish the task of making the gift of salvation available to all of humanity that would stand the test of time.
What remains about this whole deal, is that salvation through Christ on the cross was not in response to Satan, as if it were a contingency plan or something. No. This was The Plan. From the foundation of the universe, was this… the ultimate suicide mission. Of course, like any epic mission, the element of surprise, for the enemy was Christ’ resurrection. You don’t believe in someone accomplishing the impossible unless they live to tell about it or there is evidence that the mission was successful. On Easter weekend, we are reminded, that in this war, both are true.
Mission: Accomplished. Survivor: One. Rescued: Whoever chooses to call on and believe in the name of the Lord.
Pray with me, this #missionsFriday, that Easter 2016 would be a time of many, coming to faith in Jesus Christ. May the gift of love and redemption, made available to us through this heaven-bound mission, be realized. That Christ defeated the power of sin over man through death on the Cross. Pray people would understand the victory that is available to them, because the Son of God accepted certain death, in order for fallen man to have an open invitation for eternal life. His love poured out; giving of Himself, taking our place, to accomplish the miraculous; the supernatural; the impossible.
All because God SO LOVED THE WORLD.