Proverbs 22:17–19, Psalm 119:49–72, Isaiah 56, Matthew 4
I read the above scripture this morning and made a few notes, but before that while running I listened to a panel conversation amongst a few well known pastors at the recent SBC meeting in St. Louis. I was challenged by it, but also discouraged because I don’t do well what they are talking about and don’t see a clear path to get there. But then as I was praying this morning I reflected
Which led me to pray this: (slightly edited for clarity)Mark 11:1–3 (ESV
)11 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples 2 andsaid to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’ ”
Jesus, you are all knowing. You saw all this coming. Even now, even then at this moment, you were preparing to die for us. Jesus, I worship you, because you deliberately and intricately kept walking toward the cross even as
youO Jesus, to talk about the what and how of evangelism, as I felt like I was hearing this morning, while bypassing the why simply does not work on my heart. Jesus, it grieves me deeply. But the moment I actually begin to see you steadily moving toward the cross as I do here in this text, even in the simple planning forsawthese details. ofsetting up for this final Passover, where you will institute the Lord’s supper, then Jesus I am movedin my heart to want to talk to people about you.