Monday, March 14, 2011
Often you will hear me pray, if someone asks me to pray, I try to say ‘let’s pray right now’. I know the power of two. I know that when two or more are gathered in His name, He is there (Matt 18:19-20). Also it says that a a cord of three is not easily broken (Ecc 4:12), so if there is two of us, and Jesus is there, that third strand of that cord is pretty strong. I know that the power of prayer is huge, and I have many answered prayers, though some not answered how I asked, God still answers them, for His good. I talk about those miracles.
I talk about the miracles in my life, I talk about the miracles in others. I want people to know what God has done for me, I want them to know what He can do for them!
If you would have known me in high school, even though I was nice, I probably would have been on the list of ‘least likely to follow Jesus’. I just didn’t get it, and I didn’t want to get it. I didn’t see the greatness of it all. Sad, but true. No one ever really told me in a relevant way.
Now, you can’t get me to shut up about it. He’s changed my life.
I never had a desire to go to Asia before, and not that I feel called to go there now, but I do want to go and save babies, and hold moms who lost their babies. He’s changed my heart. He’s performed miracles in my life, so many, big and small. I’m waiting for a few now. I can’t wait to tell you about them! I was reading Mark 14 and thinking about the woman and the perfume. I was thinking about how her story is told over and over, the miracles that Jesus must have performed in her life to make her take this super expensive perfume, and pour it out on Him. I want my life to be poured out all over Him, and if someone were to ask me why, they get comfortable, because it’s a long story!
Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken
Matt 18:19-20 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Mark 14:1-10 1 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”
3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages[a] and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you,[b] and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
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