At the heart of God is a prejudice to deliver us. Throughout scripture, we are given a picture of a God who is compassionate to our suffering and desires to lead his people into His new creation, the promised land, where there is wholeness and love.
We all need deliverance. When praying for God’s deliverance, often we focus on our own sufferings: financial, relational, medical, and spiritual. We are crying out, “God, deliver me! Help me!” I believe God hears us and is compassionate.
However, I wonder if we have eyes for the ways God desires to deliver us as a people.
When God promised to deliver His people, it was not individuals who were delivered. God delivered a people. He brought Israel out of Egypt, out from slavery. He took His people on a journey toward the promised land in order to make them a light to the world, a blessing to all people.
What does this mean for us?
I think it means that when we pray “God deliver us”, we can open our eyes to pray God’s guidance and deliverance not only for our individual circumstances, but also for our families, our LifeGroups, and our church community. It means that God doesn’t only have plans to prosper us as individuals, but as a people, to create in our families, our LifeGroups, and Montrose Church a slice of His new creation.
Where might God desire to take us as a people in order to bring further glory to Him?
What would it look like for you to pray this kind of prayer?
Like Israel, we are called to be a delivered people who, by our love and care for each other, are a light and a blessing to Crescenta Valley, Pasadena, Los Angeles, Bolivia, and the world. This week, let’s pray for God’s guidance as a people as He continues to create his promised land in us.
Thu, July 18, 2013
by Connor McClenahan filed under