Day 18 | This Lent is for Favor

"If the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had not been on my side, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God saw my affliction and the labor of my hands and rebuked you last night.”
- Genesis 31:42

Listening again (and again and again) this week to The Blessing we shared with you on Day 10 of this devotional, this line in the song feels so important:

May his favor be upon you
for a thousand generations
of your family and your children
and their children and their children

I don't know the Hebrew of the word "favor" and haven't done a word study on this this week because, honestly, life is pretty wild right now, and we've all got our hands full with all kinds of things. But who I think of when I think of the word favor is Jacob. As in Jacob the trickster who ultimately became Israel, the father of God's chosen people. That guy. Man... he got away with a lot. AND. He pursued God hard, and in the end was much-favored.

Jacob's got a bunch of great stories in his narrative arsenal, but one of my favorites is from Genesis 30 when he's squaring off around the topic of sheep with his conniving father-in-law, Laban. Take a read when you get a chance. Whether blemished, unblemished, speckled, spotted, or unicorn sheep, Jacob always seemed to come out ahead because God's hand was with him. And this idea of favor - certainly somewhat of a mystery - it's hard to understand, but this is what I'm praying over our people during this time, what I'm picturing and hoping for during this odd season.

When it seems everything is against us, Lord, please - multiply the work of our hands and hearts.

God, show us favor. 
May the work of our hands prosper.
May the inclination of our hearts yield deep transformation and a leaning into the more challenging aspects of who you are.
Despite the calamity. Despite the setbacks and drawing inward. 
May we lean on community right now, even from a distance.
And LORD - please. Multiply our speckled sheep.
Multiply, bless, reproduce as only you can. Even out of apparently nothing.  
In a season that feels on the face of it like a retreating,
Help us to actually stretch and move ahead into new territory.
For your glory and not our own, Lord.
Surprise us!
Show us your favor so those who don't know you
will be astounded and confounded.
Be good as we know you are good.
Amen.

Freedom and grace,
Andrea Baker
Worship Director

Love to have you email allthingsnew@wachurch.us to share with us any praise, encouragement, or prayer requests you may have during this time, and we'll be taking time to pray and respond.

Going old school today with our worship song of the day, If It Had Not Been, below or find it here on Spotify on our 2020 Lenten Worship Playlist, growing daily one song at a time.

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Steve - March 19th, 2020 at 9:17pm

Lord, I pray.

Today I pray.

I beseech you...

Grant your...



Favor



Undeserved...

Favor

Incomprehensible...

Favor

Unblemished...

Favor

Eternal...

Favor



Lord, though I deserve nothing,

I pursue favor.

Though I fall far short,

I pursue favor.

Though I cannot see tomorrow,

I pursue favor.

Though I cannot understand today,

I pursue favor.



Favor in you.

Favor from you.

Favor in knowing you.

Favor in experiencing you.



Lord, may this be a season of favor.

Against all odds,

a season of favor.

Against all hope,

a season of favor.

Against all logic,

a season of favor.



In the midst of confusion,

a season of favor.

In the midst of fear,

a season of favor.

In the midst of turmoil,

a season of favor.

In the midst of hopelessness,

a season of favor.



Lord, in this season multiply your favor.

May all see your glory and turn to you.

May all experience your favor and turn to you.

Lord, today may all experience...



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