Daily Update from Pastor David March 26, 2020
Wednesday, March 26
Update & Prayer Notes
It was on this day in 685 AD that a Scot raised in England became the Bishop of Hexham in the Northumberland district of Northern England. He didn’t want the job. He just wanted to hermitize on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne and pray. Men of his caliber were rare and the people of Hexham insisted on electing him to be bishop. Cuthbert refused the honour until church leaders, accompanied by King Egfrid, sailed to the island and appealed to him in person. He was Bishop for two years until his death. But his heart and passion always remained for solitude and prayer.
Long before Cuthbert became a monk he lived a life of relative solitude as a shepherd. And from that quiet place he prayed. Even as a boy visiting the Tyne River, he saw a group of monks being swept to sea on rafts and cried out to God. The wind changed and drove the rafts back to shore. Witnesses considered it a miracle and attributed it to his prayer.
Every day is a time for prayer, and this moment in history even more so. We pray for what we see, and all that we see has happened. Jesus prayed for what he saw, but sometimes what he saw was still to happen. After he climbed off the colt following his triumphal ride into Jerusalem, Jesus prayed for the city.
41As he approached and saw the city, he wept for it, 42saying, “If you knew this day what would bring peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43For the days will come on you when your enemies will build a barricade around you, surround you, and hem you in on every side. 44They will crush you and your children among you to the ground, and they will not leave one stone on another in your midst, because you did not recognize the time when God visited you.” - Luke 19:41-44
Roughly 25 years after Christ died, rose, and ascended to the Father, Rome moved against Jerusalem, destroying the temple and precipitating the beginning of a diaspora that would disperse the Jewish people throughout the world. And Jesus, entering the holy city at the commencement of his week of suffering prayed with tears for a busy city preparing for the great Feast of Passover celebration when he knew it would not be long before they were in ruins.
May we follow our Lord’s example. May we demonstrate the passion of Cuthbert. May we commit to pray because life is no longer as we knew it, even a few weeks ago. A life we lived in relative security is no longer certain. So pray.
Pray that we find opportunities to love and serve and share with people who don’t know the hope that grounds us.
Pray this pandemic turns hearts to Jesus.
Pray for God’s compassion to be expressed in healing on those infected.
Pray for godly wisdom to direct both health and political leaders in making decisions.
Pray that our fears and anxieties could be taken to Jesus and left there.
Pray that this might indeed begin a revival such as has never been seen in our lifetime.