Daily Update from Patro David March 25, 2020
Wednesday, March 25
Update & Prayer Notes
Are you feeling better today? I only ask because the staff met together yesterday via computer link and spent five hours in prayer. And we prayed in faith, believing God hears and answers. So are you feeling better?
Okay, so usually God’s answers move more like a clock than a light switch, meaning changes are more often gradual and over time than instant. But we remain convinced that only God can stop this pandemic and will in his time and his way when his purpose is accomplished.
So that means we continue to pray, even if God has heard and begun to act. Tonight we invite you to join us for a time of prayer from 8:00 to 9:00. Let’s unitedly fall on our face before God and plead for his intervention.
God sees what we do not see. We’re reflecting on the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as recorded in each of the Gospels. Yesterday we noticed that Matthew tells us Jesus knew details the disciples did not share. He seemed to know the owner of the donkey and colt.
Mark adds information, telling us that the disciples retrieving the donkey were, in fact, questioned.
4They untied it, 5and some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” —Mark 11:4-5
Questioned, not necessarily by its owner, but by people witnessing an apparent theft, and stepping in as concerned citizens. And from the answer the disciples give and the response of the questioners, we note two things applicable to our own situation.
First, be ready with an answer. People are questioning why the world is in crisis. They’re seeking answers. Jesus had prepared the disciples so that they were ready with a reply. So think of how you would respond should someone question where your hope lies at this time. Paul Little, who years ago used to speak on faith issues on University campuses once said he spent more time thinking of the questions students ask in response to his talk than he did preparing the talk itself—so he would be prepared to give an answer.
A second piece of information that Mark’s account gives us is the answer Jesus told them to share.
3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it and will send it back here right away.’” —Mk 11:3
The animal would be returned. At this time in history people tended to be more hospitable. Part of what we notice when we travel is whether or not the people of a particular country are embracing of strangers. This was a culture ready to serve. COVID-19 provides us with unprecedented opportunities to serve. Do we need to think of creative, imaginative ways to do that while we “social-distance?” Yes. But let us look for ways to serve.
And speaking of looking for opportunities, notice that both Matthew and Luke tell us that the triumphal procession concluded with Jesus taking a look around Jerusalem.
11He went into Jerusalem and into the temple. After looking around at everything, since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve. —Mark 11:11
Keenly observing the situation positioned Jesus to take appropriate action. What he did the next day was predicated on the careful observation of what was going on in Jerusalem and the temple as he entered. We too must open our eyes to see new opportunities and to know what God would have us do to bring hope or comfort or help or kingdom consciousness. We are the hands and feet, the ears and eyes, of Jesus at this time.
Again, a reminder to join the prayer time this evening if you’re able. Below are the details.
- Pastor David Booker
Dear Burnett Family,
The current Coronavirus crisis has changed the world in ways we have never previously experienced. While those around us may be filled with anxiety and fear, we have the gift of peace — Jesus Christ.
This is a time for us as believers to be bold with our faith as we continue to love people and share His message of profound peace amid this storm. While circumstances may require us to isolate, we are committed more than ever to replace fear with boldness and reach people in creative ways to help them experience the love of Jesus.
We call on the Burnett family to Join us on a prayer call every Wednesday for the next three weeks. Let us:
Pray for wisdom and creative direction in how we can best serve during this crisis. Pray for the good news of Jesus to shine brightly in the world. Pray for God’s continued care, provision, and protection, especially for those who are at a higher risk.
Call in details (there are no long distance charges):
Wed, Mar 25, 2020 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
Dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3122
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