Quiet Time with Jesus – me or we

Friday, 11 March 2016

By God’s grace, I was promoted through a corporate crisis. I thank God for that opportunity because it was then that I started learning to think and speak as ‘we’ instead of ‘me’.

Excerpt from my prayer bible, emphasis mine:

Ezra’s chief identity is his Jewishness. He is a “we” before he is an “I”. Scholars call this way of thinking “corporate solidarity.” The individualism of Western culture has a hard time getting its mind around this point of view. There is far too much “me and Jesus” in our thinking and praying. There should be a lot more “we and Jesus.”

Ezra repents of the sins of others as though they were his own. This act takes his “corporate solidarity” to an even deeper level. But this isn’t something peculiar to Ezra; IT IS THE VIEW OF SCRIPTURE. God’s people are members of a body, not an organization. A member of an organization can exist outside the organization; a member of a body is DEAD outside the body. And the body stretches out NOT ONLY IN SPACE, BUT IN TIME.

The Bible tells us that a great cloud of witnesses – the heroes of the faith who came before us, mentioned in Hebrews 11 – are WAITING for us to finish the race.

God had planned something better for us so that only TOGETHER WITH US would they be made PERFECT
— Hebrews 11:40

We are LINKED to one another in ways we must understand if we are to give to intercessory prayer the urgency it deserves. What I do for another, or fail to do for another, have profound implications for that person’s well-being.

Ezra is stricken over the effect others’ sins have had on the WHOLE PEOPLE – so much so that HE REPENTS AS ONE OF THEM.

This kind of praying is not about “corporate solidarity”, it is about LOVE.


My Prayer / Our Prayer

Father, teach me when I pray to think “we” and “our” more than I think “me” and “I”.

Amen!

William McGill: The value of consistent prayer is not that He will hear us, but that we will hear Him.

YL: Wow! Thank You Lord! Speak Lord, Your servant heareth.

So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and He answered our prayer.
— Ezra 8:23

Yes Lord! We will continue to fast and pray. Help us to live a LIFE of consistent prayer so that we will consistently HEAR You. Amen!

Lam Yee Ling

Kingdom Life: Follow the leading of the Lord; Listen to the Lord’s voice; Follow the way of the Lord. The Lord will guide us always. (Isaiah 58:11)