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The Lord has been waking me in the night.
That’s been his way of getting my attention my whole faith life. He shakes me from my sleep and asks me to pray. I never really know the exact words to say or what is taking place, but I know it’s urgent and that it matters to God.
I had another topic in mind for today’s invitation, but when I woke up last night the Lord showed me my own invitation in this season.
One I have almost put aside in the past two years out of discouragement.
You see, there’s someone I care about who is hurting. Broken to the point of shattered. I’ve prayed for a long time (years and years), and God has worked in a thousand different ways to reach and love this person.
Yet that person is still shattered. Still pushing away his mercy.
One more time, Suzie.
It’s not that God can’t move without me, or that his love for this person ended when I got discouraged.
There’s something in the deep that the Lord wants to give both of us, and he loves us enough that he’s asking me to believe “one more time.”
Not in this person. Not in a situation.
But in him.
Today’s Invitation is to believe one more time
Today’s invitation is tucked in the encounter between Jesus and Simon Peter in Luke 5:4-7. Simon is bone weary and has nothing to show for all his efforts. When Jesus asks him to push into the deep one more time to fish, it makes no sense.
He wants to argue with Jesus. He wants to show him all the reasons that this isn’t going to work. We may react the same way when we sense Jesus asking us to pray again, to believe again, to stand firm again — and we’ve already been there.
These are are the words that crept into my conversation with God.
Lord, I’ve been praying for 30 years.
It just keeps getting worse.
I don’t even know how to pray.
How long can one person pray without seeing an answer?
I’m weeping for as I write this. . .
One more time, Suzie.
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He sees what we don’t.
It’s important that we understand that a person’s salvation or healing doesn’t rest on our shoulders. We will never be big enough to fix or rescue someone else in our own power. We will never have all the answers, and we can’t guarantee that a situation or a healing will look like we think it should.
But Jesus isn’t asking that of us. He’s simply asking us to believe in him.
The fact that this person hasn’t embraced his love doesn’t discount his love for that person.
The fact that someone is shattered doesn’t mean that Jesus can’t put this person back together.
The fact that we are discouraged doesn’t mean that every prayer we’ve prayed hasn’t reached heaven.
This invitation — to pray or believe one more time — shifts the focus from what we’ve been doing to who he is.
That’s an important distinction.
Let’s pause and do that right now. Whatever the situation. Whoever the person might be. Take your attention away from that and settle it on Jesus and his love for you (or that person) or his sovereignty in the midst of this situation.
This takes us into the deep.
As we believe one more time, we will put down the list of what we think he should do or what we think should be happening. Instead, we pray — because it does make a difference. Instead, we believe that God loves this person, and that he loves you.
I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:4b-5 (NLT)
He’s inviting you to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, rather than human wisdom or feelings. He’s asking you to trust in his power. What will you say to this invitation?
Take a step into the deep — one more time — and he’ll meet you there.
21 Life Changing Invitation as We Walk with Jesus
- What is one difference between placing our trust in human wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:5) versus the power of God?
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