Rene Mbongo from Senegal will join me in hosting and facilitating the time.
“Repentance” is seldom used in our Christian world. We don’t like the connotations that something we did was sinful and we need to change. But the concept has Biblical roots.
Nehemiah repented on behalf of the nation of Israel, confessing the sins of the people (Nehemiah 1:4-11). Daniel did the same in a different place (Daniel 9:3-19).
Perhaps the Lord is calling many of us to repent on behalf of the Church or our nation.
The Lord calls each of us to confess our sins. The one who says he has no sin is deceiving himself (1 John 1:8-10).
Repentance is agreeing with what the Lord says about us and then changing our ways.
In these days of the virus, what does the Lord want us to repent of?
Is the Lord laying on our heart the need to repent for our church, the Church, our city or nation?
Take a few moments to ponder these thoughts and then act as He leads.
Maranatha (Come Lord Jesus)
Last week, a number of leaders in the MentorLink Movement gathered on a ZOOM call to share what the Lord is doing in our lives and ministries. Herman from the Philippines facilitated the call. On the call we had three from Africa, two from Europe, one from Asia, two from Latin America and two from North America. All of us have stopped our travel and group gatherings. All of us live in countries where we are in various forms of isolation or “lock down.”
We listened as each one shared what is happening in their culture and to them personally. We each shared our hearts, fears, hopes and adjustments we are making.
This reality is causing all of us to adjust to new ways of doing ministry and listening to the Lord. No one is sure of what the Lord is doing in our day, yet we all know that He is working in each of our hearts to refocus us on what is most important. Part of this refocus is to spend more time listening to Him in prayer.
Take a moment and ask the Lord how He wants you to focus some of your time to seek His face and listen to Him in prayer.
May the Lord draw you closer to Him in these days.
Maranatha (Come quickly Lord)
This morning I woke up thinking about Isaiah 41:10. “Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Then I read Andy’s prayer request to be included on Monday in this Prayer Update. I can’t imagine what Jesus’ people in China are going through. But, as Andy indicated, there are many people who are anxious and afraid.
Many of us have our own anxieties and fears. But there is One to whom we must look. He says He will strengthen us, help us and uphold us.
Take a minute to think about the things that cause you fear and anxiety. Then take them to the Lord in prayer.
May we each go to Him in times of fear and anxiety.