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!
“Since it is God we are speaking of, you do not understand it. If you could understand it, it would not be God.” — St. Augustine
Astronomers and physicists are scouring the universe for ‘dark matter,’ something that fills 80% of the universe. In a universe that is over 13 billion light years big, dark matter is the largest “something” in the universe. Even so, it has never been directly observed, but it’s existence would explain some amazing observations.
We, who can hardly comprehend ‘dark matter,’ are trying to come before a God that created the dark matter. The Creator is infinitely more difficult to comprehend than His own creation. That very thought can leave us quivering with fear and swallow up our words of prayer, however God is not incomprehensible. He came to the world in the form of a man. Jesus laughed, cried, hungered, thirst, taught and loved. Immanuel—God with us—whose life shows us how close God is and how invested He is in our well-being.
When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray, Jesus pointed them to a God that is both far and near. We pray to a God in Heaven by a Spirit that lives in us because of a Son who loved, died and lives!
Jesus‘ ministry was just beginning to explode. The Bible says the whole town (v. 33 ESV) was gathered at the door of the house where Jesus was because He had what the people needed or wanted — healing. It seems they wanted more, because ‘everyone’ came back in the morning looking for Him. Yet after He prays, even though He was being sought after by ‘everyone,’ He changes direction and goes to new places of ministry. Seemingly, to the bewilderment of the disciples, Jesus turns away from the people who sought Him and leaves for another town. That is the effect of Prayer—it changes our direction even when it doesn‘t make sense to us.
Alexa, Siri, Google, and Cortana are ubiquitous digital assistants that inhabit our homes, cars, offices and practically anywhere we can connect to the internet. They are literally at our fingertips with endless amounts of information and data all to, supposedly, help make our lives easier. Yet, even though they have over 1.2 million terabytes of information at their disposal, they cannot guide us to living fruitful and meaningful lives. There is only one who can do that for us. God! Our Good Father’s heart is to share His truth for right living with us. The way to hear that truth is by calling out to Him in prayer. Then wait in eager anticipation, because He will answer you with marvelous and wondrous things.
alignment | əˈlīnmənt | noun
Being in alignment with something means that we have come to a position of alliance in a correct or appropriate relative position. Alignment with God is being positioned in Jesus and positioning His Words in our hearts. Because our position is as His children adopted into His family, we wish for what Our Good Father wishes for—the salvation and restoration of many. Today’s passage reminds us that God has promised that what we wish for will be done for us. That is incredible authority and power in our prayers that is given to us and a promise worth striving for. Prayer helps us to align ourselves to Jesus.
The Bible tells us that God is a good Father proven by the gift of new life He has given to the world. This gift is Jesus born into this world to be a sacrifice for our sins. He bore the penalty of our sins, as a payment to make right that which we had made wrong. Surely, there can be no better father than God. We don’t have to, but rather we GET to pray to a Father that loves and cares for us immensely.