Lazaroo – Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jun 09, 2010 I Lazaroo.


Pray the words of this Lazaroo aloud, in holy wonder:

“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.”
(Mark 1:14)

John was Your cousin, Jesus –

the man who baptized You
the one who prepared the way for Your ministry
the prophet who boldly declared You to be the Lamb of God

who spoke so highly of You that his closest friends and followers left him
and became Yours.

But after they threw him in prison

You preached on.

This is one of the toughest challenges I face –

continuing to function at a high level
keeping my eyes focused on the task at hand
being able to experience the joy of faithfully following You

while danger, heartache and suffering
plague the lives of people I love.

Make me strong

but not calloused.

Let me feel and deeply respond to their pain

without missing a beat

of my assignment from You.

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1 Kings 20:39-40; Nehemiah 6:2-4; Isaiah 50:7; Isaiah 53:3-5; Matthew 14:13-14; John 1:29-37; Acts 20:22-25; 1 Corinthians 15:56-58; Philippians 3:7-11

What is Lazaroo?

Take Me Deeper

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. NIV®. Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

5 responses so far.

  1. Jeff Says:

    @Bud. I am not saying that our earthly lives and comfort are umimportant. It is just not the end all or be all in the grand scheme of things. I am sure that John the Baptist held his own life dear. However John had what you and I aspire to have, the sense that there is a plan bigger than our own lives. He gave up his “rights” so that he could be a willing part of this plan.

    My frail humanity sits in awe of that.

  2. Lady B. Says:

    We as Christians must remain focus on what God has given us to do.God promises are true if we take care of his business first he will see to our business in his time.
    When it seems like everything couldn’t get any worse, God
    throws each of us a strong life line that we can hold on to a little while longer. Remember prayer and giving God true
    praise is what we do willingly and trusting God for the
    answer is easy. But what happens in the real world is that
    we don’t want to wait on The Lord we try to solve the pro-
    blem for ourselves. Nine times out of Ten it doesn’t turn out
    the way we want it to. So we go to God again and ask for
    his help.The question we must ask ourselves is “Can we
    handle the truth?” We must allow the Holy Spirit to show
    us the truth of the state of our souls. We hold false ideas and we ignore our sins. The Holy Spirit will point out the areas where we have failed. So, I must ask again, “Can we handle the truth?” Thanks be to God and thanks be to the Son, that there is repentance and healing when truth finally arrives.

  3. Bud Says:

    Jeff is referring to our human comfort & our earthly lives not being so important! Well, they’re pretty important to me. That’s all I have, except for the promises of God. I have a lot of work to do to keep my eyes on the Lord, while everything around me is going down.

  4. Jeff Says:

    I think there is one more component to this verse that we can look at. We tend to want to blame God for the bad things that happen to us. If not blame Him for it, we blame Him for not stopping it.

    Here, God in the flesh, seemingly stood idly by while His own cousin and servant was imprisoned and ultimately beheaded. Seems kind of cold and uncaring to the naked eye, doesn’t it?

    However, God sees the big picture. There are some things that are more important than our human comfort or even our earthly lives! This is where we must trust God. This is also where most of us, if we are to be honest, can’t.

  5. Sam Says:

    I hear this one….it can be so hard to be sensitive to other’s pain or suffering (or even our own), be strong, and keep on the path that God has set us on without fighting it, questioning it, or wanting to stray off it.

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