He answers as we ask

August 1st, 2004 Comments

Scripture:

Isaiah 65:24 (NLT)

24I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still

talking to me about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!

Isaiah 66:9 (NLT)

9Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver

it?” asks the LORD. “No! I would never keep this nation from being born,”

says your God.

Psalm 62:5-8 (NLT)

5 I wait quietly before God,

for my hope is in him.

6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,

my fortress where I will not be shaken.

7 My salvation and my honor come from God alone.

He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.

8 O my people, trust in him at all times.

Pour out your heart to him,

for God is our refuge.

John 3:27 (NLT)

27John replied, “God in heaven appoints each person’s work.

Observation:

Yesterday, someone shared how God answered a prayer — almost simultaneous with the asking. That was a powerful testimony of God’s working and a direct answer to the promise recorded in Isaiah 65. I’ve had experiences before where the act of answering my prayer had to be put in place before I even made the request to God — then, in perfect timing, as I ask, the whole thing comes together. This is nothing short of miraculous.

This tells me that God is paying attention and that He cares about me and my well being. That is cool. I see this in so-called coincidences. Times when texts, people, events, and opportunities all come together to work for His glory. This makes me feel loved and greatly increases my faith. How can I ever doubt? I just need to better learn how to be patient and wait on Him.

The other text that leaped out at me is from Isaiah 66:9. As we prepare for our launch, I am impressed that God did not bring Common Ground this far — without making plans to complete the birth. We will continue to go forth and we will give birth to this church. But, with our backs to the wall, time marching forward, and little resources — we are going to have to pull this together through prayer and extreme trust in Him. He will get the glory for the success of our launch — because we certainly won’t be able to take credit.

Application:

It is time for us to pray. It is time for us to turn from the ways of the our own desire and start relying on Jesus alone. As we come to understand how God has gifted us, we can better answer the call of service to Him, to this church, and to each other. With trust in Christ, we can move forward — confidently, boldly, and with great courage. We have much to do, but as we pray, God has already made preparation to accomplish the things we are unable to do.

Prayer:

Dear God, we need you now more than ever. We need you to step up and pull us into a more right relationship with you. We need you to strengthen our resolve to be your disciples. We need to connect with you better and better each day.

I come to you, pleading for help in the launch of this church. We need you God. Our backs are against the wall. There is marketing to do, people to contact, issues to resolve, teams to build, and lots and lots of grunt work to do. But first, we just ask you to change us.

We have been working for the last couple of years to build the container that will hold the people when they come to Common Ground. The container isn’t finished yet, but we need to begin filling it. So, we turn to you and seek your guidance, your strength, and your courage.

Help us God.

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