realities of heaven
As a pastor, I'm often asked what I do all day. It's a question that strikes me as strange. When I sold forklifts, no one ever asked me what I did all day. They presumed to know, which is also a little weird, since most folks didn't know what our forklifts did or where we sold them.
Regardless, when I'm spending time in the best possible way, I meet with others & pray with them. Earlier this week, I met with other pastors in our city to worship and pray.
Honestly, it was a struggle for me to go. I've been before and am always leave thankful I went, so I pressed thru my feelings and showed up. As we prayed, most of the junk I was struggling with began to fall away.
As I heard others call out to God, I heard their hearts and was drawn away from my cares and worries, into agreement with them. For a while, in the middle of my day, I remembered my Father is right alongside me. As I was quiet, and focused on Him, I was lifted out of my daily routine into His Presence. I began think about the reality of being His.
"Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God's right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth." - Colossians 3:1-2
Our time together caused me consider the true desires of my heart, in light of the realities of heaven. I was drawn into a place where I began to ask God for greater things, things I’m passionate about.
For example, when I pray for our kids, I don't want them to be bad kids or do bad things, but I get little joy or inspiration in praying for God to keep them safe. However, when I slow down, and worship Him with others, I meditate on the truth of His character.
I focus on The Most High God, and am compelled to pray my kids would experience His love. I want them to be overwhelmed by Him.
I come into agreement with Him and ask for the things He has planned for them. I leave with a desire for them to be obedient to Him, whatever that means. That's more like it, right?
As we called out to our Father, we asked not just for Him to end social injustices like abortion, trafficking, and the racial tension in our world, but we asked for The Church (you and me) to be the answer to all of those issues.
We want to be who God redeemed us to be; The Bride of Christ.
I hope you're encouraged to know your pastors are praying together, praying for one another. We pray for you; we agree together and ask The Lord to help those struggling with illness, or struggling in marriages, or struggling in their faith.
And I hope it inspires you to worship & pray with others. When we pray together, we're all are at our best. As we pause our daily routine, turn from our own desires, and embrace the needs of our friends and loved ones, God does something in us.
We hear their hearts, and we are lifted out of the mundane into His Presence. We see our challenges more clearly, in light of the realities of heaven. Thru this process, He increases our lives. And things change; our Father responds to our prayers.