Friday Morning Prayer:)… November 14, 2019

November 14, 2019 - 8 minutes read

Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 
Were you there when they crucified my Lord? 
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? 
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree? 
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 
Were you there when they nailed him to the tree?

Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? 
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb? 
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 
Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?[1]

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave or free, male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”[2]

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I listened to a brother express his lack of fulfillment in attending church.  From his perspective through his perceptions and experiences people tended to put on their “Sunday best” as a façade; he seemed fed-up with the absence of real-life problems and expression of struggles among believers gathered as the body of Christ, the church.  He found authenticity and genuine expression from a recovery support group where he experienced people as vulnerable, willing to admit problems and be real, as opposed to the church.  I was glad he found a genuine group where he felt he belonged.  However, my heart was sad, bothered by his categorization of the church.   The apostle Paul, in referring to Jesus, wrote, “…God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”[3]

The reality that Jesus oversees the church, which is his body, you, me and all genuine believers in Christ causes me to tremble.  Do I sometimes just do the façade?  Is this another day to go through the motions?  Do I fail to be real and authentic in relating to other believers?  Why do I go to church or be with the church?  O God help my regenerate heart to pursue you truly crying out for your Spirit to reveal my inmost faults and genuinely manifest you to hurting believers, those needing to hear, sense, be touched by the God of all comfort, and those lost, spiritually dead without salvation.  The joy of Christ, the disclosing of burdens, vulnerability, the sharing of real struggles, the forming of meaningful relationships with confident trust in and love toward one another in the body of Christ does supernaturally occur with Christ as our head, especially as he fills us with himself.    

The reality under the leadership of Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit is interconnectedness between all persons who make up the church.  “But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it, if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”[4]  Beloved in Jesus, my prayer is that we recognize anew the glorious Christ orchestrated mutuality, daily, even moment by moment asking God to help us genuinely love, express, listen, strengthen, mourn with, rejoice and encourage with Holy Spirit power and consistency.

In light of the cross of Christ, as the body of Christ gathers, the church humbly sings,

Let us break bread together on our knees;
let us break bread together on our knees.

When I fall on my knees
with my face to the rising sun,
O Lord, have mercy on me.

Let us drink wine together on our knees;
let us drink wine together on our knees.

Let us praise God together on our knees;
let us praise God together on our knees[5]

Hymnary.org, nicely comments on “Were you There” hymn, especially as we gather as the body of Christ.

“We are brought together because of our trembling and our tears, but also because of our knowledge of why our beloved Savior had to die. Geography, time, culture – none of these hinder our togetherness in the body and blood of Christ. And so as we sing this hymn, we gather with Christians around the world, remembering. We lift our voices with our brothers and sisters, our voices filled with mourning, but also with hope. For we know that the journey of Good Friday ultimately ends with an open and empty tomb, where the earthquake causes us to tremble in awe and praise.”[6]          

Were you there when God raised him from the tomb? 
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb? 
Oh, sometimes it causes me to tremble, tremble, tremble. 
Were you there when God raised him from the tomb?

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Sisters are meeting to pray!  First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine 0900

You are invited to join sisters in Christ for a sweet hour of prayer.  Week after week gals gather to encourage and lift their voices before the throne of grace.  Thank you!

Brothers are meeting too!  First Baptist, 3rd Friday.  0730

Join us if your schedule allows…  genuine brothers gathering to love, encourage, and earnestly pray as the Spirit leads our hour together.  Come as you are and join the brothers in prayer.  Humble before the throne of grace. 


[1] https://hymnary.org/text/were_you_there_when_they_crucified_my_lo

  [2] Galatians 3:26-28

[3] Ephesians 1:22-23

[4] 1 Corinthians 12:24b-27

[5] https://hymnary.org/text/let_us_break_bread_together_on_our_knees

[6] Were You There