It’s no secret that this kingdom business we engage in requires faith. We’ve answered the call to move mountains in our families, communities and nation through intercession and the good works that spill out of our hidden contending. We lace our life with sacred disciplines, even watching in the night. We know we were born for such a time as this, and yet, in our humanity, we can get tired in our diligence.
I love the story of Jesus is Mark 6. He’d poured out His heart teaching the people, discipling His followers and then found out that His dear cousin John had been killed. Fully human, He needed space. He initiated a plan for some seclusion, only for the multitudes to find out where He was going and show up there. When Jesus saw the large crowd, “He felt compassion for them because they were like sheep without a shepherd.” When Jesus had every reason to be completely tapped out, He taught us that His mission – the very mission we’ve chosen to partner with – is fueled by love.
Galatians 5:6 says, “Faith works by love.” “Works by” here in the Greek means to be operative, to effect and to put forth power. It’s literally the root word of our English word “energy.” God desires to energize us afresh. This is why it’s imperative that we stay undone by God’s unabashed love for us. As the love of God fills us, we are suddenly able to see through the Father’s eyes afresh. We are quick to petition, but I feel that our faith and prayer would be far more energized if we take a moment like Jesus to consider what’s at stake for souls hanging in the balance of our prayers. To take down our defense mechanisms because we live in an hour of information overload and allow our hearts to hurt with the hurting and be overwhelmed by the Father’s love for the lost. Here we become compelled just like Jesus with an energy source far beyond our limitations, for more powerful than the voice of doubt, and we can pray with joyful anticipation to see what our prayers have rendered for God’s glory on that final Great Day.
Father, give me a fresh revelation of Your great love for me. By faith, I exchange tiredness for the energy of Your lovingkindness. Fill me with that heavenly virtue that flows straight from Your heart, the very essence of Who You are, so that I can be an effective conduit of that love to a generation in darkness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Hannah Savage, [M]Watch Senior Leadership Team