Pathway’s 40 days of prayer campaign runs from Wednesday, February 14 to Saturday, March 31. Join us as we unite as a church in prayer. Our theme verse for the campaign is 2 Chronicles 7:14. Starting on Wednesday, February 14, join your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ as we all pray together at 7:14am and 7:14pm. Devotionals and prayer topics will be posted on FB and on our website on a regular basis. Be sure to let us know what’s on your mind and heart throughout these 40 days by using #PBCPRAY40 wherever you post!
I used to own a rabbit’s foot when I was younger. I think it was a real rabbit’s foot because whenever I rubbed it to bring me good luck, I could feel the texture and the claws which reassured me that it was real and it would help. I was so sure that by rubbing a real rabbit’s foot, I was doing it the right way. I don’t know whatever happened to that rabbit’s foot, but I have a feeling that I threw it away when I finally realized that it couldn’t do anything.
In this passage, Jesus used an accident where some people had died when a building fell on them to displace some misguided Jewish beliefs that misfortune came about because of some wrongdoing. In simple terms, they believed in karma—if you do good then good will follow you, but you will be rewarded with bad if you do evil.
The prayer struggle arises when it seems like God is silent or we hear something from Him that we don’t want to hear. What did I do wrong? What can I do better to get God to hear me? We tend to believe, like the Jewish people did, that we are being punished for some wrongdoing or maybe that we need to be doing something better—like rubbing a rabbit’s foot.
In these moments, we need to remember that it is about a relationship and not performance. The Lord’s prayer begins with, “Our Father” because God is our Father, the perfect Father, who works for the good of those that love Him. He wants to give us good things so trust in that and keep praying.