Yes & Amen

Screen Shot 2018-07-06 at 10.50.05 PMAbraham was nearly 100-years-old, and Sarah was 90-years-old and barren when God promised them a son. Abraham fell to his face, laughing at such an absurd promise.

But against logic, reason, and biology, Sarah gave birth to their son, Isaac.

Years later, God presented another unthinkable plan for Abraham: to sacrifice his young son as a burnt offering on some far away and unspecified mountain. Abraham’s reply isn’t recorded. Instead, the scene changes to the next morning where Abraham is gathering wood and loading his donkey for the journey. When Isaac questions where their lamb sacrifice is, Abraham simply responds, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And God did.

What strikes me about these stories is the growth of Abraham’s confidence and trust in God: laughing in disbelief turned to humble obedience.  

When God asks us to trust Him, even though life doesn’t make sense, or when we are overwhelmed, or it seems to go against all logic or reason or our abilities, we should pause and realign our trust in Him. How? Through prayer.

In his book, Ruthless Trust, Brennan Manning writes, “In order to grow in trust, we must allow God to see us and love us precisely as we are. The best way to do that is through prayer. As we pray, the unrestricted love of God gradually transforms us. We open ourselves to receive our own truth in the light of God’s truth.”

The Hebrew word “amen” is a strong affirmation—a formal, solemn “I agree. That is true.” Simply, our amen is our yes to God—our agreement with Him that what His says is true, and that we trust that what He says He will do will happen.

Prayer is our reset. It’s where we can see our past and future with God connect—where we understand He was faithful then, and He’ll be faithful now. Paul tells us “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘Yes!’ And through Christ, our ‘amen’ ascends to God for his glory (2 Corinthians 1:20, NLT).

I ask you to join me in prayer for each Prison Fellowship leader, that our prayers would be of humble obedience and a “yes” and “amen” to His leading and working through us. It’s only through this that we may boldly lead our teams to work together and minister to those affected by crime and incarceration.

Article originally published in Prison Fellowship International’s PFI Roundtable.

 

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