“I simply argue that the cross should be raised at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town’s garbage heap...
Grappling With God, pt. 2
A case study in the bitter struggle for change, blessing…
Not all prayers are meant to be wrestling matches, but for those times in our life when prayer slams us on the floor God has included this scene in His story just to let us know that there are times when prayer is a struggle, and that is ok too.
“I will not let you go unless you bless me.”—Jacob.
Prayer is the personal assertion of man’s will on God’s character; the refusal to let go of the moment of the I Am. Prayers that change us and bless us are prayers that land their punches with the force of those who know what they want. Jacob knows what he wants—God’s blessing—and has the tenacious grip to match it.
Should God strip down to our weight class, enter the ring of our life, and external to all our internal forces, floor us and find us, then let us face God in the bare grip of our existence. God’s blessing and character transformation is not something that we arrive at through a Zen-like inner peace. God’s blessing comes with a fight. The only rationale for the tenacity of this prayer is Jacob believes he can win this fight with God.
Have you fought with God? Have you entered into the fight of your life thinking you can win? Have you reached the place where all you want is God’s blessing on your life?
Lent is the practice of preparation.
Wednesday, April 9 the Beloved Followers of Jesus will embark on 10 days of prayer, fasting, and reflection as we pilgrimage together toward Good Friday.
Here's how you can join in:
PRAY. 6AM join us as we reflect on the Lighthouse Blog Devotional and pray. 1337 Sutter Campus will be open for prayer from 6am-7am. If you cannot make it, pray from wherever you are.
- FAST. Take the next 10 days to practice surrender, just as Jesus surrendered his life to the Father, so you can practice surrender through giving up favorite foods and stepping away from various forms of escapism (social media, media, entertainment, etc.). Perhaps a juice fast would be something that could challenge you.
- GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE. On Friday, April 18 @7:30PM we will have a Lighthouse Good Friday Gathering and Fellowship.
As Easter approaches, we will spend another 10 days in prayer and fasting, focusing on the lenten tradition of joining with Jesus Christ on the way to the cross. We invite you to shift from normal routines and create space for reflection on the Story of God that culminates with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus.