Prayer For Week of April 14th–Embracing the Failure

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It was less than one week into Lent.  I had just finished teaching a workshop and it was late at night.  So hungry.  So, my daughter and I zipped by In-N-Out and got a burger and animal-style fries.  Oh yea.  Midway through that juicy burger it hit me.  I’m fasting red meat.  Lenten Fail.

This is the week to celebrate Passover.  It begins with deep cleaning the house (Bedikat Chametz), top-to-bottom, removing all leaven.  If you live in a house with eight children I assure you there are crumbs.  In the corners, under the couch cushions, in the rug.  And I try to do a good job and remove it all. Vacuum, dust, sweep.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  And then I see….what is that?  Are those noodles?  Why are there noodles on the kitchen floor????  Passover Fail.

I can’t do it.

And that’s the point.  The point of Lent, the point of Bedikat Chametz, the point of fasting and prayer and spiritual rituals is not perfection.  If I am aiming towards human perfection, I may as well give up now, go grill a steak on Friday, bake some yeasty bread, and put my feet up with a pint of Haagen Dazs.  Thankfully, perfection is not the goal.  These things serve to show us that we cannot obtain perfection apart from the Lord.  It is Christ who has completed the requirements of the law.  And we have to rely on Him.  We must.  Because the crumbs and the red meat and the bad attitude and the temptations will come.  If we do it right, by the time Easter comes we are so very aware of our indebtedness to the Lord for completing what we could never do on our own.  This season is a yearly prophetic act of learning, again and once again, to cast ourselves at the foot of the Cross.

“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live.  Yet not I, but Christ lives in me.  And this life which I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God. For if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ died in vain.” Galatians 2:20-21

Embrace the failure.  It’s OK.  Failure is not the worst thing that can happen.  Failure, if done right (think about that for a minute), is our path to Jesus.  In this week, as we celebrate Passover and get our hearts and homes ready for Easter, there will be a lot of work and a lot of details and probably a lot of busyness.  Let Christ break in and show you in what ways you fail and in what ways He has triumphed on your behalf.  Look for those clues from the Holy Spirit.  Look for those love notes from Jesus.

Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.  (Napoleon Hill)

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