Trinity Sunday Morning Prayer (12 June 2022) Romans 5:1-5
Today, we are celebrating Trinity Sunday. According to our Christian faith, we believe in the Triune God. Trinity is God in three persons. God the Father sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to save every one of us. The Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross. He gave His life and redeemed us. On the third day, He rose again and ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of the Father Almighty. He sent the comforter Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. This is God in three persons according to our faith and belief. We acknowledge the Trinity by saying the Apostle’s creed every Sunday.
God of Trinity was there from the foundation of the world. When creating the world, He showed Himself as the Almighty Father. When He came into this world for the remission of our sins, He showed Himself as Jesus Christ. When cautioning and guiding the people in right path, He showed Himself as Holy Spirit. Gifting, cautioning and guiding are the main roles of the Holy Spirit since the Old Testament period. During Old Testament time, the prophets prophesized by the spirit of God. The purpose of the prophecies were to guide or caution the people and to make them to walk in the right path. Today, the Holy Spirit continues to do the same thing. In the Old Testament period, the Holy Spirit spoke only through the prophets. But today, every one of us can be anointed by the Holy spirit. Another role of the comforter Holy spirit is to plead for us. Israelites only saw the attributes of the Father Almighty but we, the church, are experiencing the grace of our LORD Jesus and the fellowship of the comforter Holy Spirit. On Trinity Sundays, we meditate on the various attributes of this God of Trinity and align ourselves to His expectation.
I would like to briefly look at the different personalities of our Triune God:
- Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. The Hebrew version uses the word E-lo-him for God. El is the plural form. Moses used the plural form of God when writing about creation.
- Moses differentiated the other form of God in the next verse. Genesis 1 verse 2 says, “the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”.
- We all know that God created the whole world by His words. The disciple who was very close to Jesus clarified about the word in His Gospel. John chapter 1 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made”.
In our New Testament Reading, Paul talks about the relationship with our LORD Jesus through FAITH. I would like to meditate about faith and obedience based on the lives of three people from the Bible.
God called Abram and asked him to leave his family and go where He led. Abram simply trusted the one who called him and obeyed. He didn’t even ask God the destination. He simply obeyed and God gave unconditional promises to Abram. God promised to multiply his descendants like the sand of the sea and the stars in the sky. But Abram did not have any children. When Abram was 99 years old, God changed his name to Abraham. The promised son Isaac was born when Abraham was 100. Abraham loved Isaac very much. God told Abraham, “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of”. It was a very tough situation for Abraham. He was asked to sacrifice his promised son by the Lord who promised him. Abraham did not question God. Instead, he completely obeyed God. He travelled three days to mount Moriah with his son and servants. What an ultimate obedience! Even when he went to sacrifice Isaac, he was very sure that he would return with Isaac. “He said to his servants, Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you” (Genesis 22:5). Even when Isaac asked about the offering, Abraham replied with confidence that God will provide. What a strong faith and trust Abraham had on the Almighty God!
2) Three young men
Daniel 3 is a familiar passage in the Bible. The three captives Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were in high position in the province of Babylon. They denied to worship the statue of the king with boldness and confidence on their faith. They refused to bow down their heads to anyone other than God. When the king gave them another chance to worship the statue, they boldly replied, “we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up” (verses 16,17,18). These three young men trusted that God would save them from the furnace. At the same time, they were ready to die for their faith in God. Even when the furnace was heated to be seven times hotter, not even their hair was burnt. God honoured their faith and obedience. Their stand and witness made the king to order that no one should say anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
We are all very familiar with the life of Daniel. Daniel was taken as a captive from Jerusalem. But the Lord elevated him and he became the first president over the whole kingdom of Babylon. King Darius signed the writing and the decree that no one should pray to any God or man. Daniel 6:10 says, “when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime”. Because of this, Daniel was put into the lions’ den. But the king told Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” The king fasted and didn’t sleep that night. Very early in the morning, the king hurried to the lions’ den. He cried in a lamentable voice, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?” Daniel answered, “O king, live for ever. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” The king was exceedingly glad and commanded to take Daniel up out of the den. Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
A common expansion of FAITH is Forsaking All I Trust Him. In Matthew 21:22, Jesus said, “all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive”. This verse tells us about the importance of belief or trust or faith on Jesus in our Christian life. From Mark 11:23, we can understand the power of faith: Jesus said, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith”.
Let us self-reflect on our faith and obedience based on the lives of Abraham, the three young men and Daniel. Today if God asks us to leave this country and go where He wants us to go, what will we do? Do we immediately obey to the Lord’s voice? How long do we wait for God’s promises to come true? When the situations seem as if there is no way for the promise to be fulfilled, do we take matters in our hands? Do we do things our way and help God to fulfil His promise? When God asks us to do something that seems to be against His promise, how do we respond? Do we stand for our faith among people who do not know God? Or do we go with the crowd or the majority? Is our life different to those around us? Are others able to see that our lives and beliefs are different from theirs? Does our faith and witness direct them to the true God? What would we do in such a situation? Do we trust on God’s protection and deliverance? Are we faithful to Him every day of our lives?
The Triune God laid down His life for us. He gave us the Holy Spirit to guide us continually. The Holy Spirit empowers us to be witnesses. Today, are we bearing witness for the Triune God? Are we His ambassadors? The three young men and Daniel stood up as witnesses in Babylon? Are we witnessing the Triune Lord in our native country? Many people are living in the pit and need to be brought out. They will come to know about Jesus only if our lives reflect Jesus. We are in last days when Jesus’s coming is imminent. In these last days, Where is our Faith? How is our obedience? Are we witnesses bringing people towards the triune God?
Let us Pray!
Our heavenly Father, thank you for Your words. Restore our faith, trust and obedience in You. Guide us to hear your voice. Strengthen us to grow in our faith on you. Enable us to completely obey You. Equip us to be Your witness and win many souls for you. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.