There was an alternate working title this week…Captain Obvious strikes again…but I went with the shorter version. Why Captain Obvious…well because I wanted to point out, as a follower of Christ, we are never alone. Hebrews 13:5 & Deuteronomy 31:6, tells us He will never leave us or forsake us. Something we’ve all heard…therefore – Captain Obvious. However, as has been mentioned in the past by many a person…sometimes the obvious becomes comfortable, and we stop recognizing, realizing, remembering, reflecting, and resting in what is so obvious. Familiarity may not breed contempt, but it does breed complacency – not a good place to be in our walk.
Sometimes it’s familiarity, for many of us we’ve “grown up” in church and we’ve heard it several times…to the point, it doesn’t cause us to pause. We have let the wonder of a new believer settle into the day to day “normal” walk of faith. I am guilty of both…this past week got a jolt that put my mind in the frame it’s in…let me ‘splain.
Perhaps I should ‘splain some more?
Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. [Hebrews 7:25 ESV]
Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died–more than that, who was raised–who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. [Romans 8:34 ESV]
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. [John 14:16-17 ESV]
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. [Romans 8:26-27 ESV]
For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” [Romans 8:15 ESV]
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. [Hebrews 4:16 ESV]
There is a lot in those verses about not being alone…let me break it down a bit.
Jesus is our intercessor/mediator, we have the Holy Spirit helping us pray…and we come to the throne of the Father with confidence. When we pray, we are actively engaging with the fullness of God, each person of the Trinity. Something we all know, maybe didn’t connect the dots, but when we stop to pray do we realize how awesome that is? Do we dwell there, or do we throw out a quick phrase or two to get prayer out of the way? Do we abide in Him…all of Him? Are we being still, so we know He is God?
We are to pray without ceasing, so the quick prayer is okay…but that shouldn’t be the only serving on the prayer platter. We need a full spiritual meal, time alone with Him, a time where we give thanks, time to bring our fears, time where we address our hurts, time to pray for others, trusting in Him for ALL things. How can we truly cast our anxieties on Him if we only pay lip service? Is the conversation one-sided, or are we listening to Him? How can we bring Him glory if we’re not willing to be in full communication – full communion – with Him?
He is there…He will never leave us or forsake us. Christ is in us, and we in Him…union with Christ. We are to be the branches attached to the vine. We are never alone, something we all “know”…but do we really know?
Right now, stop everything…even reading this (but come back, please)…and focus on Him. Pray, be still, re-engage. Relish who He is. Glorify Him in prayer. Praise Him in prayer. He’s with you, always.
Did you stop and pray? Did you actively engage with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? My challenge, for myself and to each of you, do this daily…be intentional, not an after-thought only. Abide in Him, He is always there…you are never alone.