In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'" Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.
Have you ever prayed for what you knew was impossible? Maybe you prayed for events not to occur, to pass tests you did not study for, for clocks to turn back, for cancer not to be terminal, or for world peace. We cannot help ourselves. We long, we dream, we hope, we strive because that is how God created us.
When John the Baptist said the Messiah was coming, people had a hard time believing it, especially when it came from a guy who ate bugs and wore strange clothes. And yet they followed him, eager to hear more about the One who would save us.
Here's a question to consider: What would you do if you knew you could not fail? As Christians, God asks us to wonder what we would do if we believed the impossible could happen. What if the Messiah really is coming again? What if there is a revolution ahead? What if God is bringing heaven to earth? God knows your needs, because God knows you.
As we continue to celebrate this season of resurrection and renewal, open your heart to the ways that God is preparing you to experience the risen Christ in a new way.
Prayer for Today
Lord, prepare me for the incredible. Teach me to pray for what is in your heart, what is your desire, even if I think it is impossible. In Christ's Name, Amen.