Since last week’s prayer day, I’ve been attacked. I won’t detail it out because I’ve blogged about it, feel free to read thru the posts from this week (or ask me and I will bore you with the details).
This past week has proven to me that when you are digging in, and truly pushing forward for the Kingdom, you will be a target. It brings to mind this particular Far Side comic:
Normally, I take my cue for this prayer/devotional from my different devotionals I receive via email and my “Keeping it Personal” daily prayer. Not today. A friend of mine on Facebook that I actually know in person posted the Radio Free Babylon’s “Coffee with Jesus” comic – you might think it sacreligious but it’s not! Here’s the comic:
In this comic, he speaks of Matthew 6:25-34. Puts it in a very “real” way. Here’s the passage from Matthew:
Do Not Be Anxious
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Jesus specifically refers to verse 34, and tells his coffee-sharer not to focus on verse 34 but the verse prior.
Ok. What am I rambling about? Here’s how I know I/We are on the right path.
- When you are on the right path, you are attacked.
- When you are attacked, you begin to worry/get anxious.
- When you get worry/get anxious, you focus on the worry and not on Christ.
- When you focus on the worry and not on Christ, you let the evil one in.
See where I’m going with this? When we let ourselves lose focus, we take our eyes off Christ. If we don’t have our eyes on Christ, we let the world in. So, instead of things above…instead of the Kingdom…instead of God and his righteousness…we are in the world.
Here’s the way to get back on track. No numbered list needed. Pray. Fall on your knees and pray. Remember who is your Heavenly Father, and from whom all grace flows. Philippians 4:6: do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
This week, I pray that while you may get attacked in the name of Christ, you can arm yourself … and rise above, remembering who strengthens you. (Catch the Ephesians and Philippians references there?)
I’m writing this a day early – I admit…but the message is the same for this week. Don’t worry – do not be anxious. We will be attacked, but God, our strong tower, will shelter us.
Song for this week: Kutless Strong Tower