I just got back from a 10-day trip to the Holy Land. It was a life-changing experience on so many levels. To be where Jesus was – to walk the streets – to see the sites – was absolutely incredible. I had no idea what to expect once I got over there. I had several people tell me that their lives were forever changed by their visit to Israel, so I went with great anticipation. My aunt has been several times and she told me that often she finds God uses the unexpected places to minister to her while she is there. I had a similar experience.
We sat on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus calmed the storm. We walked the street (the exact street, the same stones) that Jesus walked on his way to Calvary. We saw the empty tomb, sat on the Mt. of Beatitudes, we were baptized in the Jordan River. We visited the house of Caiphas and sat in the same pit Jesus sat in while he awaited his crucifixion. We did it all! Each of these places was so special on the trip – I filled my journal with notes and thoughts at each spot. But, as it happens with my aunt, it was an unsuspecting place that stuck out to me the most on this trip.
It happened on Mount Precipice.
Luke 4 gives the account of Jesus teaching in the synagogue in Nazareth, his hometown. His listeners were pleased with him in one moment and filled with rage the next moment. They drove him out of the synagogue and up to Mount Precipice. The intent was to throw him off the cliff.
No one from his hometown spoke up. No one came to his defense. They all went the way of the crowd.
Luke’s account tells us, “But passing through their midst, He went His way.”
The scheme didn’t work – Undeterred; Jesus went from there to Capernaum to teach some more.
On this mountain, I prayed for my kids. Here is what I wrote, “God, surround my kids with friends who will stand in the gap with them.” That’s all, a simple prayer with a lot of meaning.
Parents, how are you praying for your kids? A lot of my prayers concerning my kids are prayers for the future and how God will use them. This is one of those “right now” prayers and it involves more than God’s protection.
“God, give my kids wisdom and discernment to surround themselves with godly friends who will fight along side them, cry with them, laugh with them, minister to and with them; friends who will truly stand in the gap when things get difficult.”
Rev. Philip Turner