An Invitation to Unbroken Intimacy

“Keep Swimming!” shouted Marlin.

“Keep Swimming!” Marlin bellowed again.

“Keep Swimming!” beseeched Marlin, the clownfish. His was a battle cry to hundreds of trapped, embittered tunas. He ordered them to swim towards the ocean floor to save themselves, his son, Nemo, and his friend, Dory. A tuna boat had netted the fish and begun to reel them up. If the imprisoned quarry didn’t obey Marlin’s command and swim downwards – with faith and force – their fate was certain.

“Just keep swimming,” sang Dory with a friendly, welcoming lilt. The Pacific Blue Tang fish didn’t shout, bellow, or cry to the fearful fish. Instead, hers was an invitation to hope, to press in together, and to persevere. Both addresses worked to motivate the fish to swim downwards – together – and to ultimately break free of their netted, death trap.

As Jake and I watched this climatic scene of trust, unity, faith, and salvation, from “Finding Nemo,” inspiration burst into the forefront of my thoughts from this “Just Keep Swimming” exhortation.

But instead of “Keep Swimming” as the cry of my heart to those caught in nets of confusion, fear, distrust, divisiveness, and dread, my encouragement came from my reading of Romans 12:12.

Keep Praying

Just Keep Praying

Keep Praying, Praying, Praying

Just Keep Praying

Romans 12:12 exhorts us this way:

Be joyful in hope, patient in tribulation, faithful in prayer.  

New International Version

Rejoicing in hope, preserving in tribulation, devoted to prayer. 

New American Standard Version

Be cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times. Pray all the harder. 

The Message

Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.

New King James Version

Each of these Bible translations focuses upon the importance of the continuance of prayer.

We cannot rejoice in hope, nor can we persevere in tribulation or affliction, unless we steadfastly, and consistently seek our God, our Heavenly Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer. It is through prayer that we are strengthened in faith. As we pray, we experience a sweet, unwavering, and unbroken intimacy with our Lord to help see us through any situation.

We will experience difficult times. Oppression, affliction, disease, distress, financial trouble, and more press down upon us, burden us, and have the potential to imprison us. Yet, through the power and might of the Holy Spirit, we can call upon our Heavenly Father to help us endure and stand strong and sure.

We can keep praying.

We can keep praying.

We can keep praying.

For as we pray, we experience a sweet, strengthening intimacy through the Holy Spirit that brings us to the throne of grace, of hope, of love, of power, and of peace in Christ. We need the presence of the Holy Spirit to not only pray, but to live.

Without the Holy Spirit, we are powerless to love.

Without the Holy Spirit, we are incomplete.

Without the Holy Spirit, we are weak.

Without the Holy Spirit, we are mean-spirited and selfish.

Without the Holy Spirit, we are sick and diseased.

Without the Holy Spirit, we are divisive.

Without the Holy Spirit, we are unable to bear up under the pressures of life.

Without the Holy Spirit, we are hopeless and without faith.

Thus, joining with the Holy Spirit in prayer, we, like the tuna fish which seek redemption and life, break free from the bondages of this world. As we are exhorted in Colossians, to be devoted to prayer, being watchful and thankful, we enter moments of the Divine. Distraction, disturbance, preoccupation, interruption, and confusion have no power or control over us when we enter the sacred prayer space with our God.

We keep praying and become a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit.

We keep praying and grow in strength.

We keep praying and our heart and mind are protected by God’s own peace.

We keep praying and we offer kindness and compassion to those in need – and even to those who really may not deserve it.

We keep praying and are united with other believers.

We keep praying and we are safe and secure in Christ.

We keep praying and we endure in times of misfortune – knowing Christ is with us.

We keep praying and we bear up under an uncertain, confusing economy with calm strength.

We keep praying and abide with Christ in order to abound in his love, his grace and his mercy.

We keep praying and are blessed with love to love.

We keep praying.

We keep praying.

We keep praying.

Friends, our invitation to prayer has never been louder, clearer, and more direct.

Like Marlin, our families, our friends, our workmates, our states, our provinces, our countries, and our world are shouting, bellowing and beseeching us to pray to our Lord for such a time as this! Like Dory, we are given opportunity to devote ourselves to our God in prayer for them all.

Do you have an hour to pray?

Do you have a little less or even a little more time to pray to our God for his guidance, his care, his healing, and his salvation for those in your sphere of influence?

What if we did like the 24-7 Prayer Movement has done, and decided that the time was now to give every moment of every hour in prayer to our God, together?

Would you take an hour and join me – wherever you are in the world – to pray to God and to ask Him to lead you in what He wants most for your family, for your friends, for your community, and for our world?

Would you devote yourself to prayer and seek an unbroken, sweet, and growing intimacy with your God – and in so doing – join our God in what he wants most for this world – a trust relationship with Him!

Do you have an hour to be faithful in prayer, devoted to prayer, to pray all the harder, and to continue steadfastly in prayer for this world and this time?

Join me?

What hour will you offer?

4 thoughts on “An Invitation to Unbroken Intimacy

  1. Shirley Hethorn March 21, 2020 — 7:38 am

    8AM-9AM PDT

  2. Sylvia Mitchell March 22, 2020 — 7:19 pm

    Rejoicing in hope♥️6:30-7:00 PST

    1. Fantastic, Sylvia! Thank you! ❤

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