I can’t believe the amount of patience You display over the existence of man. You are amazing Lord! It’s one of the many ways You express love to us, all of us.
As we give You praise and thanks, we seek a new level of understanding. Not one of the earthly kind, and not one of the human kind, but one of the holy kind. Help us to collect understanding in a way that’s not human, but elevates our mind to a heavenly outlook. We often try to put our human way of thinking onto scripture and then get confused or frustrated as to why it doesn’t make sense. The pieces oppose each other, there’s no proper fit. It would be like asking a bird to fly an airplane. Yes, the bird can fly, but not in a way that’s against its intended design. So we humbly ask Lord, give us eternal eyes and ears.
In our prayerful pursuit we ask, what of the 99 Lord, we hear You tell us the importance of going after the one, but what of the 99? I’ve paid witness to going after the 1, and what happened next was heart breaking to me. A few of the 99 squabbled over why there was an effort to go after that one. A few in the 99, created a body of selfishness. It became a spirit that enslaved the overall emotion of the 99.
So maybe it’s not a physical sheepfold they are present in but rather a spiritual one. We take it for face value that because of their own self proclamation, they are part of the 99. But if they are truly part of the 99, then they wouldn’t be squabbling over going after the one. The conversation wouldn’t be (should we), it would be – (how do we).
A realization then, if they are not part of the 99, then the only other option left is – they are one of >the one<.
(Us vs. Them) mentality. But it’s not! It’s not (us vs. them). It’s all of us AND The Lord. Some know, some don’t.
We pray for You Lord!, to give us the correct perspective in the world. We need to clearly see whose part of the 99 and whose part of >the one<. We need a clear understanding of scripture and how it is to be communicated in the world.
Wake us up! We are meant to spread our wings and fly freely, not manage flight controls with feathers!
We pray for the 5,457 people who have yet to connect into a gospel church in this county. May our Lord expand, elevate and reinforce the credibility of the local church in this county.
The time to stop following the behaviors of the world have come, the time to live a new life has come! We pray in the name of Christ Jesus! Amen.
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