A Prayer for Feasting and Fellowshipping with Jesus
Levi [Matthew] held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:29-32
Dear Lord Jesus, I can’t read this story without fueling my longing for the banquet of all banquets—the Day when you will gather your entire Bride, rejoicing over us with singing, and bring to completion the great salvation you have begun in us. Hasten that glad Day of consummate healing, freedom and joy!
Who will sit and be served by you at the wedding feast of the Lamb? A most unlikely bunch. Only those who’ve been saved by grace alone through faith alone; only tax collectors and “sinners,” and Pharisees and teachers of the law who’ve been clothed in the wedding garments of your righteousness; only those with childlike faith and a God-given perfection.
Lord Jesus, I praise you for making me a part of your broken-yet-beloved bride; for calling me, healing me, saving me. I have no problem acknowledging my sickness and receiving your remedy. There, there’s no greater friend of sinners than you. Thank you for eating and drinking, reclining and dining, …
As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 1 Peter 2:4-6
Heavenly Father, I used to think “coming to Jesus” was a phrase whose meaning was exhausted when we first trust your Son to be our Savior. For sure, that’s the most essential “come-to-Jesus-meeting” we’ll ever have. There’s no greater moment in our lives than when we first trust Jesus plus nothing for our salvation.
But it’s clear to me now that the whole Christian life is about coming to Jesus. No time in our lives is to be called “after I came to Jesus.” We need Jesus this day just as much as the first day. In fact, we’ll never exhaust our need for what Jesus alone can give and we’ll forever discover more reasons to praise and adore him.
Indeed, Lord Jesus, you are the life-giving living Stone for your beloved people; the precious cornerstone of the living temple, called the Body of Christ; the Rock of refuge that’s higher than I am (Psalm 61); the Rock from which God gave water in the wilderness in Moses’ day (1 Cor. 10:1-4); the Honey-ed Rock of whom …