What’s Your Spiritual Age?

Anna recognized Baby Jesus in the temple.  Photo: sherriejohnson.blogspot.com

Anna recognized Baby Jesus in the temple. Photo: sherriejohnson.blogspot.com

Spiritual age progresses with overcoming challenges.  We can stagnate at an age for several years if we don’t allow our spiritual core to learn and advance.  I seek people younger than me for prayer if I know they’ve gotten victory in a particular area of their lives and I want that victory in my life.  If they’re walking with peace in the sme trial I am, I want their blessing for breakthrough.

Among my friends that are older than me, age is not the determining factor in whether I ask for their prayer.  Mature Christians develop roots that have weathered life’s storms.  These people have wisdom I wish to learn from. I seek out shade under their leafy trees with gnarled trunks.  I listen to their stories with their victories. They grant me family status as they share their life lessons with me. They may be retired in the natural, but their faith has refired in the spiritual realm, giving spark to my faith embers.

Luke mentions a woman who spent much time in the courts of the temple.  Anna was a prophetess who was 84.  “She never left the temple but worshiped might and day, fasting and praying, thanks to God and spoke about the child to all.”  Luke 2:36-38 NIV To this dear saint, God let her see the Messiah.  Not only did she see a couple coming with a baby, God opened her eyes to recognize that this baby was the promised Messiah.  Would I have recognized Jesus with such spiritually mature eyes?  May our spiritual maturity progress along with our calendar age.  May be keep learning and seeking God in all we do.


Prayers for the Parched: Once Again – Part 2

"Now there was a widow that kept asking a judge for justice..."  Photo:  friarmusings.wordpress.com

“Now there was a widow that kept asking a judge for justice…”
Photo: friarmusings.wordpress.com

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray an not give up.  He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God not cared about men. And there was a certain widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ And the lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says.  And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night?  Will he keep putting them off?  I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly.  However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’ Luke 18:1-8

 

The reason I like this prayer is its ongoing nature. We continue to ask for justice and peace.  Jesus continues to pray for us. Why?  Because we need it!  Human hopes are exhausted in our overly indulged, overly committed lifestyles.  This prayer points us to God’s never ending abundance.  “Continue to teach us to pray.:”  This prayer affirms that it is a process of learning how.  All those frustrating little life experiences are God’s teaching ground.

Holy Spirit, we again give you this church and this community

Please bless our fellowship

Deepen our commitment to being Jesus’ body, bringing his love to bear on our relationships here and where we live and where we work

Inspire our worship so that seekers will sense your power and your love working in us and working through us

Lord we pray for our country and our world and continue to ask for justice and peace

We ask that you would make us generous people so that our abundance can bring your hope where human hopes have been exhausted

Father, lead us as your children to be more and more like Jesus

Lead us to deeper and deeper in our walks with you

And continue to teach us to pray, even as Jesus taught his disciples to pray.

Amen

Prayer for the People, Menlo Park Church Service 12 February 2000

View Part 1 of Prayers for the Parched: Once Again – Part 1