“And after six days Jesus took him peter and James, and John his brother, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light.” Matthew 17:1-2 (ESV)
Jesus led some of his disciples to a place where they were alone with Him, and in that place He revealed himself in new ways. Like Moses in the Old Testament when he was led up onto a Mountain to meet with God and it was there that He carved out laws and revealed his plans for the people he asked Moses to lead. Our Ridge Church elders are planning a retreat where they too will have an encounter with the Almighty God and offer up their plans to Him. It’s in that place of quiet examination and prayerful searching that the Holy Spirit will have His way in the hearts and minds of our Elders. It is for that time that we pray today.
You, who hung the stars in the dark matter of the universe,
You, who crafted humanness from nothingness to bare your image,
All power and Majesty, all beauty and honor and glory be yours alone.
We ask that you guide our Elders, that you rest on their consciousness the weight of your glory, and submerge them in your love like a fresh baptism in the ocean of your great love for them. Father, cleanse them from the impurities that they might have gathered, walking through the dust of this fallen earth and refresh their spirits with the living water that only you can provide. Breathe new life into the disparaging places and plant new seeds of faith in the desolation of unbelief so that they might grow and produce a harvest that will feed the people you have sent them to lead.
Spread your wings wide to shelter their families, gather them near as a Mother Eagle would and give them peace knowing that you are the one whom wills the sun to set and the moon to rise and that their families are safe in your hands. We pray that you allow them to share the stories of your goodness and your continual grace in the camp-fire community, with vulnerability and openness, which only brothers can share and knit their hearts together as such.
As they submit their plans for the future of Ridge Church on the alter of your grace, lead them to change, to speak truth, to bare their hearts and souls to you and to one another so that man’s wisdom does not triumph over your plans. Impart to them truth that is only discernible by the Holy Spirit and give them confirmations in their hearts. We ask that they receive all that you would offer to them with gratitude and humility so that we too might receive with clean hearts the fruit that you are growing through them.
Help the elders of Ridge Church to make manifest an image of your Kingdom and provide them with the tools necessary to do this. Protect them, Lion of Judah, for your works have made possible the effects of grace that have been seen at Ridge Church and will be responsible for all those yet to come. You are the one with the power to Rebuke, to erect hedges of protection, to banish from that place and time any opposition from the enemy. We also pray against any intellectual or fleshly interference and ask that you use this time as a reminder to our Elders of their dependence on you for all things. Our ways are not your ways, Jesus. Our thoughts are not your thoughts, Father. Make us new, again and again by the power that flows from the Cross and may all roads lead to that place of ultimate transformation that we may lift you up and watch as you draw others to yourself. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of witnessing all that you are doing at Ridge Church through our Elders, bless them and keep them as only you can,
In Jesus’s Mighty Name, Amen.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9