Disrupting Prayer mixed with Disrupting Promise

December 22, 2011

“O God, restore us and cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.” Ps. 80:3,7,19 New American Standard

It is one of the oldest and deepest longings of your heart … for God to bless you. His blessing is a restored life. Over and over again the Psalms sing of trusting in the Lord who seeks the brokenhearted .. restores the beaten and bruised .. and saves the despairing and defeated. He knows we can’t save ourselves even though we try when we “think” He isn’t looking in our direction. It’s because He is a Disrupting Savior that we pray: ..”cause Your face to shine upon us”. His birth disrupts all of our self-defeating attempts to clear a path back to God. It’s not because we promise to do better .. to be better .. or try harder … it’s because He promised to come for us. God’s promise disrupted everything in Abraham’s life. He disrupted his life so much that he named his son “Laughter”(Isaac). That’s what God’s holy disruption does in your life: it causes you to laugh .. to catch your breath .. and breathe this prayer that the Lord would restore and bless you and cause you to walk with His face shining “through” you into others. You are no different from Abraham and Sarah. They struggled to believe and believed in the struggles that God would keep His promise. He did .. He does .. and He will. Everything about you has been absorbed completely by Jesus who was born to be nailed for your life. And everything of His life is now available to you. (And the Lord knows how much you struggle and doubt at times to really believe and grasp this indefatigable promise!!!) That’w why it is a Disrupting Promise because He is working out His Promise in you. “God bless you and keep you .. God smile on you and gift you .. God look you full in the face and make you prosper” (Numbers 6:25) … A prayer and a promise mixed with disrupting grace … It only takes a moment …

“Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. … And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, his Spirit, in and with us by believing — just the way Abraham received it.” Galatians 3:13-14 The Message

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Laughing Disrupters following Jesus and friends of Priority One (ken@priorityone.org)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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