12 Mar Shared Joy
When I was in my 20s, a few years ago (we won’t define “few” here), I traveled to visit a good friend who was working in Luxembourg. It was my first opportunity to see the world beyond the states, I traveled alone and when I arrived in Luxembourg I was so happy to see my friend. He was able to take some time off while I was visiting but the first day after I arrived he had to be in the office so I traveled to Paris – alone. I was so caught up in the moment I didn’t think twice about traveling on my own. The minute I stepped out of the underground subway almost directly in front of Notre-Dame, I felt an amazing sense of exhilaration but as I began walking around the city I felt as though my joy was missing something – I was missing the shared joy that fuels deeper joy, admiring Paris alone is not the same as enjoying it with a friend.
As Disciples of Christ, we are drawn into His Word in union with prayer; these two inseparable disciplines are the most powerful disciplines of the Christian faith. As I approach His Word, I read it with much trepidation, knowledge of the Word leads to a responsibility to do that which we read. How many times have I glossed over a passage without any understanding to it’s meaning and the power it has to change my life and make me more like Christ. I don’t want that, I want to be like Him, I want to make a difference in His Kingdom, I want to love others as He loves me, I want to walk in truth and in His light while hating the dark, I want to make disciples and I want to pray as Christ commanded. I read His Word and pray, “Oh Father, make me see and hear and give me the power to do that which I read – for your glory.” Praying His Word brings a joy in my life that centers me around Him. This is my shared joy with you. If you aren’t already doing this, I invite you to read the Word and pray it back to our Father. John 15:6 says that “if you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask what you wish, and it will be done for you”! That is life changing for sure – that means that my selfish will, will surrender to His Will and I will begin praying that His will be done in my life for His glory. It helps me to realize that life isn’t about me but about Him and His glory and in His kindness, He includes me in His plan.
I am sad to say that it hasn’t been that long since I read over Matthew 9:38 and realized that this was a prayer that essentially was commanded by our Lord to His disciples – and yes, that includes all of us that are His disciples. “therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Our prayers have significant impact on reaching the lost for Christ. At SEND MEdia, we take this prayer seriously and we want to experience shared joy with you as we pray together – we have come up with a simple daily reminder to help us all. Go to our new micro site pray 938.com – specifically set up to promote this prayer. You can sign up to establish and convey your commitment to this endeavor. We ask you to set your smart phone alarms at 9:38 AM or PM or both and stop and pray that prayer when the alarm goes off. Let’s share in the joy of praying this commanded prayer together. This is our passion because when laborers are sent into the Harvest, the unengaged, unseen people groups will no longer be unseen and the nations will be glad and proclaim His Name forever and we can pray in confidence as John prayed, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”!
For His glory and the advancement of His Kingdom,
Lane Ball, Board President of SEND MEdia