We're celebrating 100 Praying with Grace posts!
I began this blog for the Apostleship of Prayer in October 2013. Through it, I have encountered many gracious, thoughtful, and prayerful people. I take a month off from the blog each summer, but otherwise here we have been together, every Tuesday morning, for two years. I am grateful.
In the Bible, 100 symbolizes fullness. Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born (Genesis 21:5), signifying how God intervened at the perfect time, in the fullness of Abraham's life. My mom, for one, plans to ask God about his timing some day: What 100 year old has the energy to deal with a newborn baby?
In Matthew 18:12, Jesus asks, "If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?" Right on! Who wants 99 of something? Wouldn't we all prefer a nice, round 100?
In the spirit of fullness, I invite us to reflect on the fullness of God. We get glimpses of fullness now and again--after a restful sleep, at the end of a magnificent meal, or at a beautiful wedding perhaps. But we never feel full for long. The experience of satiation, of perfect and perpetual fullness, awaits us in Heaven.
We can wait in joyful hope for that perfect fullness, because our Father has already been lavish with us. He sent us his Son, "in the fullness of time" (Galatians 4:4). Jesus opens to us the fullness of God.
Let's pray together. If you have 100 minutes right now (just kidding--3 minutes will do nicely), sit back from your computer and get comfy. Don't slouch, but don't be too rigid.
- Relax and pay attention to your breathing.
- Read the passage from Ephesians below.
- Then read it again. As you read the second time, stop at whatever image or words capture your imagination.
- Imagine looking into the eyes of Jesus, and repeat to him the words you noticed. Give Jesus a quiet moment to look at you.
- Close this encounter by asking Jesus to fill you will all the fullness of God. Thank him.
Thank you for praying with me.