Women's Prayer Team - Week #21
A week from today I will be getting married. Which just sounds so crazy to even be saying! I thought for this weeks prayer team email it would be very fitting to talk about what it looks like to serve one another the way Jesus would. I have been engaged for the past 8 months and during this time the Lord has been teaching me more and more about a servants heart and what that looks like. I always say that if I wasn't saved, I would not share a thing! I like my things and I want them all to myself, but I am sure as most of you know that's not how marriage works. Through pre-marital counseling, me and my fiancé have many conversations of what it looks like to serve one another.
Prayer Tip # 21 – Pray for a Servant's Heart.
“Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." None of the disciples dared to ask him "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord.”
There is countless stories in the Bible of Jesus serving others. John is an excellent book to read through if you want to learn more about the ministry and work of Jesus. One of my favorite stories in the Bible is in John 21. Simon Peter and two other disciples, are fishing by the Sea of Galilee and are not having any luck catching fish. They then hear a man call out from the shore to cast their nets to the right side. As soon as they casted their nets to the right side of the boat, they caught so many fish. They come to find out that this man on the shore was Jesus. Simon Peter jumps out of the boat and runs to Jesus while the others bring the boat in. When they get to the shore they see Jesus who has prepared a fire and food for them. This is such a beautiful image we see here. Jesus, who has just recently resurrected, prepares a meal for His disciples. Jesus tells His disciples, "Come and have breakfast."
"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love."
"Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’"
Matthew 22: 37-39
We are without excuse when it comes to serving one another. Our flesh doesn't care about others and wants others to conform to us. I could not be more guilty of this, especially when it comes to my relationship with my soon to be husband. I like my space and I only want to pick up after myself. But the more I read God's Word, the more I find that flesh is conquered when we serve in love. Jesus was mocked, beaten, and betrayed, but still chose to serve His disciples. If anyone ever had the liberty to not serve one another it would be Jesus, but He continued to serve in love.
Prayer Points: Please pray over these requests:
Thank You, Lord for Your living Word.
Break my heart for what breaks Yours, Lord.
Give me a heart that desires to serve others
Create in me a humble heart.
Thank You that You sent Your Son to die for me. Jesus displayed the greatest act of service on that cross. Give me opportunities this week to be a servant to others. Allow me to serve others the way You would. Thank You for Your grace that I am undeserving of, but You freely give me.
In Jesus' name, Amen.