Luke 2: 41-50 & John 7: 37-39
As we look forward to the summer holidays, what does God have to say about holidays?
Jewish Holy Days were rarely solemn affairs - more like joyful chaos as everyone descended on Jerusalem to celebrate and feast and renew old friendships.
The God who ordained these times of celebration (and participated in them in Jesus) still wants to bring refreshment and renewal to us: “If anyone is thirsty let them come to me and drink...” - especially over this holiday period.
Mission and prayer are an inseparable partnership. “As we encounter God in prayer, we receive his heart and passion for the world, which compels us to step out in mission and justice.” (24-7 Prayer)
This passage takes us on that journey, calling for diligence and watchfulness in prayer, moving us to a place where we care more about God’s concerns than our own (an open door for the gospel not an open door out of prison), where we are eager for others to pray for us because we know our dependence on God, and where prayer itself fires us up to be out there on mission, making the most of every opportunity – not just praying for missionaries but being missionaries!