"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going." Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him." Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us." Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work."
This story was a powerful one from this past week's sermon I heard, giving us an inside look at how we may often respond to God amidst our daily routines and struggles. We say we believe and trust in Him yet we continue to question and doubt His power over our lives. We say we believe, yet our actions and anxieties/worries are saying "Lord I do not know where you are going. How do I know the way?" He responds to us time and time again "Have you not been with Me and seen what I can do?" These words were spoken by His most trusted and loyal followers, yet they still needed to be reminded who our Father is!
But here is the power in all of this: if we are close to Him, we will go where He goes. If we are close, when He moves right or left in our journey, we are sure to MOVE with Him. He wants for us to be close so He can move in our lives. If we are walking hand in hand with God, we will go in the direction He leads. As a child holds their parent's hand in a large crowd, the child goes where the parent leads, so we are guided by the Lord's hand and Holy Spirit in us.
Let's tell HIM this week: "I will trust YOU!"
We are so excited to launch "Youth in Prayer." The Lord is lifting up leaders to take on this new ministry. Our prayer is that many teens will be brought to their knees in prayer and worship to our Lord and Savior. We have some exciting topics we'll be discussing. You will also be hearing from other teenagers and their testimonies. Please keep us in your prayers - we hope this ministry will touch the lives of many teenagers!