Friday, May 05, 2006

Commissioning this Sunday!

This Sunday, my pastor Dave McIntyre has graciously allowed me to be commissioned before the whole church. We are hoping that this be a great opportunity for our congregation to be made aware of the work of missions going out from Calvary and to pray for me as I go. I hope that there will be more who will step forward as prayer partners for me because of the service.
Please pray that I will honor God in all I do and say and that others will consider missions for themselves as well!
The link for Calvary's webpage highlights the service this Sunday!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Prayer? You're not serious!

Gotta give you an update. Lots......has been going on. Jesus has seen fit to use the events of the last few days, as well as a well-timed book and a few good friends and mentors to reveal to me why my support has been stalled.
I believe it is because I have not taken prayer seriously, nor found it an important factor in my support process. I believe that He has not allowed these churches to support me financially, because He wants to make it all the more obvious that He is doing the providing. It is even more impossible for me to work out the remaining support and that is exactly what He was planning.
I have been reading the book "Gods Smuggler" about Brother Andrew. He was a prayerful and faithful Christian who smuggled Bibles into communist europe and is now helping bring the scripture to other persecuted areas. Wow. The timing of this book has been amazing and thanks to Flori Lee's help I've been exposed to it. Gods timing.
I am still a bit scared, and unerved by events. I am fully trusting and relying on God to supply the remaining support. I am going to wait and see what He arranges. In the meantime, I am trying to build a serious prayer team.
I need at least 12 people to pray for me every day!! and I would like to have a list of people who will pick one day a month to pray for me. Maybe over their morning coffee or on their drive to work that day. But I need serious prayer coverage.
I am also studying how to be better in prayer myself. Of course, God has made me more aware of prayer in scripture as well as bringing it up in Sunday school and the pastors sermon on Sunday.
Brother Andrew doesn't have to be the only one able to see Gods' hand in his life. I believe now, that the reason we don't see God working through prayer is that we don't give him the big stuff often enough. We are always able to get through it on our own effort. It's only when we're forced into these situations and "all" we have left is prayer; that we make the effort.
I still have questions. James 5, God promises to answer prayer that is believed. But.....not all prayer is answered our way. The sick are not always healed. Just because we pray for it, does not make it happen. Why does He say He will answer prayers that way?
I will believe that there are answers to these questions. I do believe that God is compassionate and merciful. I do believe He hears the prayers of the righteous. No matter how I feel. I believe that He is good, He is in control, and He knows my needs. But I must ask.