“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19
This is one of my favorite passages from Isaiah! I love new things!
Who doesn’t? Over the last year, the Lord has been revealing many new things to me in our journey of discipleship.
It all started for me, as the Lord led me to focus on one small story, that Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 13:44. The story of hidden treasure. It is a very short story but filled with so much treasure!
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy, goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
As I looked at this simple story, I began to see so much of how Jesus and the kingdom of God work.
There are many layers to this story:
First, Jesus as the man who discovers the treasure in a field and for the joy of it sells all He has to purchase it. Hebrews 12:2 says, “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” The treasure was us! Out of Joy, He endured the cross to purchase us and the whole field!
The second layer of this story is about discipleship: it is the discovery of the treasure of the gospel. His goodness to us in Christ Jesus! Jesus call to His disciples was and is: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23.
Oh, how we want to treasure or following Jesus and holding onto His gifts…but is this possible without letting go (a negative spiritual discipline – abstaining – denying self) in order to take hold of the treasure that is ours in Christ Jesus.
The third layer of this story that I discovered was that there are hidden treasures in scripture and in life that are all around us. If only we have eyes to see.
This led me to a prayer experiment that has changed my prayer life forever!
It only takes 10 minutes to start with…adjust as the Spirit gives guidance. (This was just a starting place for me)
- Start by declaring: The kingdom of the heavens is here now. God is present in this moment (Matt. 4:17; 10:7)
- 5 minutes of silence (a negative spiritual discipline of denying self)
- 5 minutes of praying through the Lord’s Prayer (taking hold of the treasure)
This simple practice has revolutionized my prayer life in ways that are hard to express. Imagine if you knew that everything you asked for was always going to be a yes. Would you pray that way?
When Jesus introduces His disciples to this prayer, he tells them they don’t need to hunt to find out what God wants to give them but states this amazing promise, “for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Pray then like this:” Matthew 6:8-13
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
The gifts are immense!
Reconnecting with our Spiritual family through our loving and present Heavenly Father and then the gifts:
Holiness by and through His name
His kingdom reign and rule
His will (intent-desire) for us
That all of these would be manifest into our lives here and now.
Then the other gifts:
Provision, Renewal in His love, leadership, and deliverance!
An artistic rendition of the Lord’s prayer from my journal.
I have sold the farm! The treasures that He gives are immense. May the Lord guide you to discover the treasures that He has placed in your life and grant you the courage and faith to let go of what you need to so that you might hold onto Him!
In His grip,
Pastor Jason Boetcher
“The Storying pastor”
Storying Discipleship Ministries
Pastor of Trinity Family of Faith Lutheran Church
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“Year of the Frontier” is a time to pray in agreement for the largest gaps in work among the unreached! Frontier Peoples are those unreached groups which have fewer than 1 in 1,000 believers and little work among them. These groups represent huge gaps for the gospel. In particular, Year of the Frontier will focus on the approx. 400 Frontier people groups over 500,000 in size each for daily specific prayer May 2019-June 2020.
This steps up from The Thirty-One booklet (which covered the 31 largest Frontier Peoples).
The 400 Frontier People Groups (over 500,000 in population):
1 in 5 of all people lives in the 400 largest FPGs.
1 in 3 of all who don’t identify with Jesus live in the 400 largest FPGs.
9 of every 10 who live in Frontier People Groups live in the 400 largest FPGs.
Until Jesus-followers unite in obeying His commission, these masses have no hope of hearing about and being introduced to Jesus before they die.
The Great Injustice:
1 in 9,000 living in the 400 largest FPGs identifies with Jesus in any way.
1 in 15,000 living in the 400 largest FPGs is estimated to follow Jesus.
1 in 100 cross-cultural laborers is estimated to work among these 400 FPGs.
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