I wonder what New Year resolutions you have made? Even if you don’t consciously do that sort of thing it is difficult not to carry at least some desire within us for a NEW year—a different year—a more fulfilling year—a less stressful year etc.
I have been reflecting on the New Testament reading that we read on Christmas Day—a letter from Paul addressed to a person by the name of Titus. There is something in it that I find inviting to live into. It carries within it a vision of a way of life that promises to make 2009 truly NEW in the meaningfulness of that word. Listen:
God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honouring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. [Titus 2:11-14—The Message]
What is your prayer for 2009? What is the single most important word you desire to bring to God? Ted Loader defines prayer as “my heart is in my mouth” – so let me ask you the same question another way: what sound does your heart make when it is in your mouth and you speaking with God? Sleuth movie full
It may be helpful to ask ourselves another question in order to assist us to discern not only what our prayer
but what our prayer should be! So let us ask:
What prayer should we be praying for Jesus to be more deeply loved, more faithfully followed and more fully glorified in each of our lives?
We can start by praying: “Lord help me to discern what prayer I need to be praying so that I can love, follow and glorify Jesus more in my living in 2009.”
Peace and Joy to you – Alan.