Ask & Imagine
God’s promise in the gospel is to graciously transform us more and more into the likeness of Jesus (Romans 8:28, Galatians 4:19). And this is an ongoing process, such that the new self even undergoes persistent renewal (Colossians 3:10). While this is a freeing and beautiful path, change can be hard, individually and collectively, as we’re often called to release what we’ve been holding onto that we might embrace a future that He’s leading us into. We rest and rejoice in the grace of God that is for our good as we together enjoy and embody the gospel for His glory and the good of others.
Chief among our needs is to be people of prayer. Because of Jesus, we can individually and collectively call out and listen to our Heavenly Father, and depend on the leading of His Spirit. So what would it mean if we were to ask and imagine more of God, “who is able to do immeasurable more than all that we ask or imagine?” How might we "continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving" (Colossians 4:2) for what God might do, and in fact is already doing?
Jesus’ promise is to lead us forward on His mission of peace, bringing all of creation into right relationship with the Father. How might this city be shaken with the power and renewal of the gospel as we expectantly follow him? How might each one of us be changed?
- Let’s seek a God-sized heart for the people of this city and region, that we might engage others that they themselves might enjoy and embody the gospel for the glory of God and the good of others (1 John 1:1-4).
- Let’s pray for the Spirit of God to lead us forward for his Kingdom and the glory of King Jesus (2 Corinthians 4:15).
- Let’s ask Jesus to bring about the rescue, renewal, and restoration that only He can bring in the lives of those who currently feel far from him, lost and without hope in the world (2 Corinthians 5:14-21).
- Let’s ask and imagine more of Him who is able to do who is able to do immeasurable more than all that we ask or imagine!