On my jog today, as I was reviewing Bible scripture, as I like to do, my mind got stuck on the New Testament book of John, chapter 3. There is something about the power of the famous words of John 3:16 that give me a reason for pause and contemplation. I can fully relate to the picture of the curious Jewish leader coming to Jesus in the middle of the night. To Nicodemus it made sense to forgo sleep in order to learn about redemption. When I have a hard time sleeping, I like to come to Jesus too. Rather than allowing myself to be frustrated by feelings of my inabilities to sleep, I use the unusual waking time as a divine appointment to come to Jesus. My question becomes, “God, for whom and what do you want me to pray?”
What is great about spending time with God while jogging is it helps ease the physical struggle. My thoughts wandered off the steep stone path leading up the hill to pondering who or what needed prayer for in that moment? “Ok, God, who can I pray for?”
And in a flash, I received the instant download: for Sunday’s sermon! I began to pray an audible breath prayer, as best I could between gasps for thin Colorado air, for tomorrow’s message. I prayed for my local Red Rock’s message, for Calvary’s message, and for Revive’s message….then for every message that is being delivered tomorrow, everywhere around the world. I prayed that God would reveal Himself in a real way and to have a big win for lost souls, no matter where Jesus’ gospel is preached tomorrow. In the name of Jesus, AMEN!
My prayer felt as big as the mountain I was climbing. How will He answer it? I don’t know yet but I felt the Holy Spirit offer me hope and faith in three big words that came to mind. Three words that I repeated many times as I stepped over the path beneath my feet. Words that Nicodemus, myself and the people that will be sitting in pews tomorrow hold so dear. Those words were: revealed, redeemed and revolution.
Heavenly hope is a process. First Jesus reveals himself to us, followed by the process of redemption or him compensating for our faults. When those two concepts get internalized, we can’t help but want to take it to the streets, mountain tops and the ends of the earth. Like F.R.O.G. Pose Christian yoga, we take that which we know to be true, the words of the Bible and Jesus, and the feelings we store in our heart and body and integrate it into our soul through movement on the yoga mat. The strength in truth that we build in our yoga community gives us the confidence to take it off the mat and into the world.
I know Jesus is on the move right now and I want to be in step with Him. As the revival in Asbury College in Kentucky has come to a recent close and the wildly popular and moving movie, Jesus Revolution, is still playing in theaters, I know God is changing lives. I’m praying that tomorrow will heal hearts, minds, souls and bodies everywhere. Whether it’s in the quiet of the night, in a college campus or the beaches of Southern California, Jesus is revealing himself, redeeming each soul He touches and moving us to live a life of love and purpose.