Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week Jennifer Cuthbertson, our Coordinator for Facilitator Development, shares some thoughts that lead our hearts towards prayer.
In his Son, Jesus, [God] personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all (Rom 8:3, The Message).
In the creation story, we read that ‘God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good!’ (Genesis 1:31). Soon after, Adam and Eve sinned and are expelled from the garden. From there, the story unfolds as the ‘disordered mess of struggling humanity’. The waiting began — waiting for deliverance from Egypt, the deliverance of the judges, of kings, from exile, from the long silence. Waiting, waiting, waiting…
‘Long lay the world in sin and error pining’. We sing as we still wait. We wait for the arrival of the true Saviour, the One who comes clothed in human flesh that we might be clothed in Him (Gal 3:27). We wait for that baby, God in human clothing, to be born into this world and born in each of us. We wait for deliverance from pandemic, war, hunger, immoral governments, death and decay. We wait for the glory that is yet to be revealed; we wait for all creation to be set free.
Let the few days left before the celebration of the birth of the Christ-child be a time of reflection on the risen Christ, the One who will come again — the One who will set everything right once and for all. Then we will cry out with our Creator, ‘It is so good, so very good’!
Let’s remember to give thanks …
This is our final prayershot for the year. And what a year it has been. As we look back, it is easy to feel overwhelmed with the pain, suffering and unpredictable times in our world and lives. However, the Bible asks us to ‘give thanks in all circumstances’ and we give thanks for each of you. Thank you for your prayerful support throughout this year, for walking the journey with us, for persevering and adapting to changing circumstances. We are grateful and privileged to serve alongside so many from around the world.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team