Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…
to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations for ever and ever Amen.
The death of Jesus Christ. Yes, it happened.
All four Gospels give account of this historic event, recognized as Good Friday.
NOTE: As a child I puzzled over what was so ‘good’ about the death of the kind, gentle-faced and clearly innocent carpenter man, but, trust me, it was truly a good day…
And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. Matthew 27:50
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last. Mark 15:37
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When He had said the, he breathed His last. Luke 23:46
Jesus said, ‘It is finished’. With that, He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30
As clearly documented, the death of the long-awaited and promised Messiah did happen. Many who didn’t understand the requirement for blood to be shed for the forgiveness of sins (Hebrews 9:22) experienced everything from confusion to some degree of hopeless grieving.
Best news is He came back to life. Woah. That needs emphasis. Let me try again.
Best new is… He came back to life!
Within his stony burial tomb, Jesus’ completely dead body was wholly resurrected on the third day. The large stone that required the strength of stalwart Roman guards to secure it over the opening had been rolled away from the inside. The sinless, sacrificial Lamb of God was now – and is – alive and well.
As was prophesied in the Old Testament (Psalm 22:16; Isaiah 53:5, 8, 10-11) and restated after the fact in the New Testament. (Luke 24:46, John 11:25; Acts 2:24)
He swallowed death in victory. The unlimited power of my almighty God at work.
That means when I come to God with vague and aimless little petitions…born out of a faith no greater than a 2.3 on a scale of 1-10…Hmm.
Imagine if I wrote a check and merely scribbled a “Just Whatever” on the Pay To The Order Of line. Or worse, left that all-too-important line blank. 🙁
In matters of prayer, Pay to the Order of… Jesus.
I must dare to be bold and pray specific requests before His throne, particularly when the desire burning in my soul was born of God. Pretty sure He delights in hearing me pray those desires back to His heart.
Sometimes the lives of those I love are at stake. That’s no time to wave a limp, faithless hand and shrug as though the outcome doesn’t matter.
Pay to the order of Jesus.
~Lord, remove the cancer from Sally Sue’s body.
~Lord, allow me to get to the airport on time and catch my flight.
~Lord, provide enough funds by the end of this month to attend a conference.
Dare to be specific with God.
For those times when I truly don’t know what to ask, the resurrected Jesus intercedes for me before the throne of God and asks according to the will of God. (Romans 8:27)
And if I ask and don’t receive it’s possible
1) I’ve asked aimlessly or
2) have the wrong motives (James 4:3) or
3) have asked for that which is not good for me.
My resurrected God knows the intentions of my heart and His answers will always come as either a Yes, No or Not yet, Child.
Whether I receive an urgent text from a friend or glance at the national news, it’s clear specific prayers are needed.
No more aimless, vague requests. In prayer, dare to be specific with God. Boldly draw on Jesus’s account and pay to the order of…Jesus.