“For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you.” ― 1 Chronicles 17:25 (ESV)
Look at the progression in this verse that leads toward a life of courageous living with God.
1). Notice that, to the writer, God is personal. He used the word “my” signifying that God was not a far-off deity that he was looking to appease but rather a personal God that was able to be approached personally.
2). The writer understood that all understanding came from God’s revelation. Our understanding of God does not come from personal discovery but rather from divine revelation from God. As we remain open to God, to hear from him through his word and close communion with him, he reveals more of who he is to us. This is the key reason behind why I am wanting to move all of us who are part of the Purpose Claremont community toward spending time in the word as a community through Read Scripture. As we become intentional in spending time with Jesus in the word on a regular basis, as well as making communion with God a constant lifestyle, I’m convinced that God will reveal more of who he is, who we are, and the mission that we’ve been called to.
3). The writer understood that courageous prayer is directly connected to God’s revelation to us. What would happen if we actually prayed according to the sovereign power and unlimited resources of God? I’m convinced that my prayer life would look drastically different. I want to pray the kind of prayers that cause Jesus to giggle form amazing and a sense of pride because one of his kids was willing to ask for something big. That’s why I am starting a call to prayer called FOUR31, taken from Acts 4:31, “And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”
I will be explaining this more at our worship gathering on January 6th. I am convinced that we, as the church of Jesus, are being called back to prayer as the lifeline to seeing God work in miraculous ways. He’s not asking us to figure it out apart from him but rather inviting us to abide in him in order to hear him share with us his solution for the world. Doesn’t this sound AMAZING? What an exciting time.
So as we get alone with God and he reveals more of who he is, who we are, and the mission that we’ve been called, we will be moved to pray courageously according to that revelation, resulting in God doing more and more in and through us.
He reveals. We pray. God responds. We are left speechless by what he accomplishes through us and around us. Let’s get back to that.
Love you all more than you know,