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What will I see this week...

posted 25 Mar 2013, 08:24 by Peter Moore
Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. "Sir," they said, " we would like to see Jesus." John 12:20-21
As I read this part of the Bible this morning, the words of the Greek worshippers seem to jump off the page... "we would like to see Jesus." I found myself praying these words for my family, for my friends, for my church, for myself! This week I want to see Jesus. This week I want us to see Jesus. This week I want everyone to see Jesus.
It's the week leading up to Easter, how hard should it be to see Jesus? Well for me it's a busy week- extra church services, the routine is different, kids are home more, family visiting- so if I am not careful I may miss Jesus and the reason we have Easter. I stood in line at the store the other day behind a nice looking couple who were getting ready for Easter. They were buying a cart full of candy and chocolates and gifts! My prayer for them today... I pray they see Jesus this week.
Of course there is nothing wrong with candy and chocolates and gifts-I like all three, the first two a little too much in fact-but all to often we get too busy and maybe a little distracted with such things. So my prayer today is...and I invite you to join me in praying... God I would like to see Jesus this week. 
I guess one question one might raise about such a prayer is "How can we see Jesus this week?" Well I believe we can see him in all kinds of ways...maybe not Jesus in the flesh like we read about in the Bible... but the essence of who He is lives on (or should live on) in His church. And the Spirit is alive and well all around us. In fact, I have seen Jesus in others, in the way they live out their faith. I have seen the Spirit move and work in all kinds of ways. 
So let us pray that amidst all the distractions of life (and Easter), we will see Jesus!