Today’s post is a continuation of yesterday. A prayer walk written earlier this year. If you didn’t get a chance to read that post, it can be found in the archives.
Station #3 – Apple Orchard (Branch of Righteousness)
Apples are one of the easiest fruit to pick and use. They're big and easy to pick, they can be eaten fresh, cooked, canned, frozen and made into many tasty and healthy dishes. Apples are fat, sodium, and cholesterol free. A medium apple has about 80 calories.
Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples on the outside of the tree will ripen first.
The trees in this orchard stand as a representation of what is good in nature and how it was used in the past and what they mean for the future. With this particular orchard, the fruit is free for harvest.
In Scripture we see Jesus as being the Branch of Righteousness. God’s judgment was falling on the nation of Judah because of their sin and rebellion against God. But Jeremiah looks beyond that time of destruction to the day when God would send the Messiah, the Branch of Righteousness, who would rule over God’s people with love and mercy.
Unlike an apple tree, our spiritual growth comes from the inside. We produce fruit with the help of the Holy Spirit to become people that God can use in His kingdom.
At this station, we will praise God for being the Branch of Righteousness. For His willingness to redeem us through His Son.
1) The hope to which he called you (redemption and righteousness);
2) The riches of his glorious inheritance (fruit we bear);
3) His incomparably great power (Christ ruling within our hearts).
Station #4 – Amphitheater (Zealous God)
An amphitheater is an open-air venue used for entertainment and performances. We in Colorado know of this type of venue because of Red Rocks. We head to an amphitheater to see a concert or a play.
If we look at it from the performer's point of view, it is a place where they can share something. Their craft, their music, their message. They are proclaiming something from the amphitheater.
We too are to be proclaiming something. We are to proclaim the Gospel with the help of Zealous God. We are to share His light with those in darkness. Remember we are to be infused with God's Zeal.
At this station, we will praise God for filling us with His zeal. For giving us a message to be proclaimed.
1) The hope to which he called you (we have a message of hope to share);
2) The riches of his glorious inheritance (we have been rescued from darkness);
3) His incomparably great power (go and tell this message…Christ is within you!).
Station #5 – Prairie (Breath of the Almighty)
The Rocky Mountains prevent moist air from moving over the Great Plains keeping the prairie grasslands extremely dry. Wind runs rampant across the plains. Despite the conditions, many plants and animals such as wildflowers, antelope, mule deer, prairie dogs, and coyotes make their homes in the prairie grasslands.
Just as the wind is part of what makes the prairie what it is, the Breath of the Almighty makes us what we are. Elihu told Job that he owed his life to the Breath of God. God breathed into the nostrils of Adam to make man a living soul. It was God’s own breath that brought Adam to life.
The Holy Spirit, or the Breath of the Almighty, also energizes us in a spiritual sense. As the Spirit breathes on us, we receive power, we are cleansed, and love is kindled within.
At this station, we will praise God for His breath. Without it we would live in a spiritual parched and dry land.
1) The hope to which he called you (you don’t have to live in the desert);
2) The riches of his glorious inheritance (the Holy Spirit is within us);
3) His incomparably great power (the Holy Spirit is at work in us).
Tomorrow will be the conclusion of this prayer walk. Together, the three days take us on a journey. A walk with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Praising them throughout.
Nothing compares to being in God’s presence. I pray that you’ll enjoy your time with Him today.
Grace and peace be yours in abundance,