Monday, July 27, 2015

The Hour Is At Hand

Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and taking your rest? See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Get up, let us be going. See, my betrayer is at hand.”  -- Matthew 25: 45-46

Jesus tells the disciples they will all be deserters because of him.  He tells the intimate group of Peter, James and John they should pray not to come into trial.  They couldn't stay awake in the garden as he prayed.  Regardless, the hour is at hand.

The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners in Matthew 25.  The little misunderstandings, Peter saying he'd never desert, the heaviness of eyes are all irrelevant.  The hour is at hand.  The tide has turned.  The little things and human frailties are nothing.  The hour has come.   All that's been prophesied and promised is at hand and will come about.  Whether you're prepped, able, rested, prayed up or not, the hour has come.  The wave is going to take your feet out from under you whether you want it to or not.  The hour has come, and the tide has turned.

Last Sunday, in reading the parable of the talents in Matthew, I knew that day the parable was about revelation.  The hours and days that followed contained discoveries and treasures only God could reveal (Daniel Boyd, posted 7/23/15).  This recent Sunday, through the Daily Office lectionary in the Book of Common Prayer, Jesus declares the hour has come.  So, we declare because it is now set before us to declare in this watch - Father, not my will, but yours be done.  Yes, in the mystery that is the God we worship and to whom we surrender our lives, the hour is at hand.  Where we will be, and what the Lord will say next Sunday remains a mystery, and, perhaps needs to be.

What is at hand has not been disclosed.  What may be going on and what's being wrestled with will not deter the significance of the hour in which we live.  Something mysterious is at hand through the will and heart of God.  My will is not important in this hour.  I do not want to be captivated by my own wishes and motivated to see personal needs met.  Not my will, but yours be done. 

Jesus prayed for the cup to pass from him, but not his will but the Father's will be done.  Jesus prayed and sweated then accepted his fate and the hour.  It was now at hand.  The betrayer had come.

April reminded me it was in the second watch Jesus was in the garden and arrested.  It's been prophesied to us as forerunners we're in the second watch, the darkest hour, and midnight is at hand (Nine O'clock, posted 7/25/15).  I, therefore, declare the hour is at hand. Alleluia.  I pray in faith not for my will, but the Lord's will be done.

Lord, my God, Daddy God, I trust your will.  Your will be done in this hour, this day your will is best.  Bring about your desires and heartbeat for us and our spirits, souls and bodies.  Daddy God, I trust you.  I will hear your voice as you disclose and direct.  Your will fulfilled is my heart's desire.  I claim my place with you and in you.  Alleluia.  The hour is at hand.  Not my will, but yours be done.  Praise God!

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