Sunday, February 21, 2010

Partnering in Prayer - A Lenten Devotion - Day 5 - Camping in God's Glory

Day 5 – Sunday
Camping in God’s Glory

This was my devotional scripture for this morning:

Numbers 9:18-21 (English Standard Version)At the command of the LORD the people of Israel set out, and at the command of the LORD they camped. As long as the cloud rested over the tabernacle, they remained in camp. Even when the cloud continued over the tabernacle many days, the people of Israel kept the charge of the LORD and did not set out. Sometimes the cloud was a few days over the tabernacle, and according to the command of the LORD they remained in camp; then according to the command of the LORD they set out. And sometimes the cloud remained from evening until morning. And when the cloud lifted in the morning, they set out, or if it continued for a day and a night, when the cloud lifted they set out.

I pray that your life might be this way—that whatever, whenever, and for however long it takes, you would follow the Lord. I pray that when you encamp with the Lord in prayer, you do so covered by His glory. I pray that you would remain there as long as the Lord’s presence lingers, not prompted to get up and move on, just because your restless spirit or schedule dictates that you move. I pray that when you rise from your prayer place, you would follow Him to wherever His glory leads, that there you might also stay as long as He directs.


“[Thomas] Merton once told me to quit trying too hard in prayer. He said: ‘How does an apple ripen? It just sits in the sun.’ A small green apple cannot ripen in one night by tightening all its muscles, squinting its eyes and tightening its jaw in order to find itself the next morning miraculously large, red, ripe, and juicy beside its small green counterparts. Like the birth of a baby or the opening of a rose, the birth of the true self takes place in God’s time. We must wait for God, we must be awake; we must trust in His hidden action within us.”-From Merton’s Palace of Nowhere by James Finley

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