PASTOR'S PEN: After the fanfare

Easter is now over. You’ve went through the 40 days of purification known as Lent. You’ve read and honored the memory of the final Passion Week of Christ. You’ve gathered with many others for a memorial service to recall the betrayal, mock trial, denial, scourging and tortuous death of our Lord. And you’ve worshipped and celebrated with amazement the tremendous power of His resurrection. Now what?

After all the fanfare has died down, the crowds have dispersed, the family has returned to their homes and the leftovers are in the fridge; after all of that, what do you do now? For me, the strongest temptation to sin comes after the excitement of Sunday. You feel all alone now. The encouragement of others is gone and you feel wanting for more of what you had. So what do you do?

Your heart and soul were excited to worship. Your mind was stimulated by the message of the Word of God. You desired to honor God with everything in your life, but now you are back to Monday and the daily grind. What do you do?

Honestly, I can’t tell you everything you should specifically do, but I might suggest beginning where the disciples began. They had experienced the loss of their Master, Teacher and Lord. The emotions were enormous. Then they see Him … alive! Jesus Christ rose from the dead and then appeared to over 500 people before ascending back into heaven right before the eyes of His apostles (1 Corinthians 15:6, Acts 1:1-10). They were told He would return again, but what were they to do until that time? This is what they did:

“…they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.” (Acts 1:13-14, emphasis added)

Notice what they did, “They all joined together constantly in prayer."  It’s been said that all the great revivals of history began with a group in prayer. As we look in Scripture we read about followers of God humbly coming before God in prayer. They knew they could not follow God on their own. They knew they could not do what He asked if He wasn’t in it. They knew every breath they took was only by the grace of God. They knew they needed God.

When the band stops playing and crowd stops singing and every goes home, don’t think of it as the end of worship. Worship in a crowd is only one part of honoring God. The other, that is just as important, is daily falling on our knees before the Creator of Universe, the King over all, the one true God. You and I need Him every day. So begin today the way the disciples began – spend serious time talking with God in prayer.