Believing that many of us are being moved by the Spirit of God into new territory, I wanted to offer intercession on our behalf. The intense pull between the safety of familiarity and the zeal for new horizons can leave us stretched & sore inside. We want but we fear. We are motivated but caution in our hearts turns into overcomplication in our minds. We are weary of our comfort zones but we are hesitant to venture out into territory that has not been mapped out on a visible grid for us. We need courage and wisdom, two items I have been requesting from God for over a year. The passage and prayer below serve to remind us that there are times in our journey where the Master will not allow us to remain connected with those things that we have familiarized ourselves with in the past. Sometimes your future must be approached with absolutely nothing in hand. Worn garments and stretched wineskins will not work in the next chapter of your life.
Mark 2:21-22 – “No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”
“God grant us the courage not to spiritually hoard the worn garments of our religious past. Help us not to continue to attempt to patch it up with strips of new cloth while clinging sentimentally to the old. Help us to trust You as You lead us to throw away the old and to embrace the new. As well, Father, deliver us from our treasuring of those former wineskins that marvelously served their purposes for former generations. Deliver us from our fondness for relics. We have asked You for the new wine and it is Your desire to give it. Help us to understand what Jesus meant when He declared that the new wine He gives will never be contained by old wineskins. Help us to consider that He taught that both the new wine and the old skin will be lost if we continue to attempt this. We need wisdom and courage to receive the new wineskin and the new wine. Help us to turn loose of that which has served its purpose, no matter how long we have held on to it.”
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