It was early afternoon that I was sitting on the back porch taking a time-out to reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and in considering my “Good Friday” prayer. It began to rain, and those who know me, know that I love a good rain. I find it cleansing and refreshing, even therapeutic.
Just minutes later, I received a notification from one of our One Jam Nation artists that we follow. I noticed it was a new live worship video by Michael W. Smith titled, “Let It Rain,” from the album, AWAKEN: The Surrounded Experience, also featuring Alex Seeley. Taken back a bit by its title, and due to my current situation, I was inclined to listen and proceeded to press play.
A Good Friday Prayer
The release of this video could not have come at a more perfect moment. Just seconds into the song, though I had been quite distraught over some news I had received previously that day, I began to worship.
It was Good Friday, leading into the most Holy of all weekends, and my heart had been heavy due to many life-circumstances surrounding me. Outside it was raining, and as I began to weep, I was overtaken by the Lord’s grace and mercy. As I continued to listen to the song, it became for me, my “Good Friday” prayer.
I was swept away by an almost cathartic release of emotions, as I began to feel a weight of heaviness being released from me. I mourned for the sacrifice that I knew had been carried out that day, and so many years ago. My heart was overwhelmed by the choices that I know so many continue to make, knowing that the Lord has suffered for all of our sins.
I began to reflect on a passage in Romans, reminding us to rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, and to continue steadfast in prayer (see Romans 12:12). I diligently started to rejoice in the Lord, as I also continued to pray.
A Hope First Found In Him
Living in a fallen world, life can feel more than just overwhelming at times. If we’re not leaning into what the Word of God has to say, we can quickly get caught up in the many world-circumstances. This particular day, I knew I needed this moment of reflection. It was during this time-out with the Lord that I was able to put on a new perspective.
Whether it’s a new lease on life you’re seeking, or a new-found hope to begin each new day, His mercies are always new. We are being given this new “breath of life” in each spoken word that we speak over ourselves, and one another, and in the time that we take to pray.
Be the encouragement someone else needs today. Carry this torch of hope, and let it shine so brightly that it sets ablaze everywhere you go, and no matter where you may be, bringing forth new growth for the whole world to see.
Find your song in Him, and not in this world. Share your testimony, and allow the heavens to open up in a way that you never thought possible. I’ve come a long way in my walk with the Lord; it would be detrimental to my soul to slow down now, just because life got a little harder.
How far are you willing to go? How long are you willing to stand?
We are stronger together and I believe that we must do all that we can to, once and for all, come together. Pick up the phone and call someone. Give them an encouraging word, making the time to let them know you love them, and in knowing how much you care.
Life’s too short to allow the offenses to stand in the way. Put on this new perspective of hope, and don’t waste another day.
In a fallen world, it does take each one of us being willing to help pick the other up, when they’re feeling down. We can choose to be part of the solution, and not part of the problem, in the words that we choose to share.
And if life begins to feel like it’s pouring down rain upon us, let it pour out a cleansing healing, instead.
Let It Rain by Michael W. Smith
As Michael W. Smith sings, let us rejoice in the Lord, together, proclaiming, “Oh, God, let it rain! Open the floodgates of Heaven!” This is the perfect “Good Friday” Prayer.
You can also read how God intervened in Michael’s life to touch the life of a stranger.