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A Word for the Year

A Word for the Year

THIS YEAR, I want to spend more time learning about intercessory prayer. But I don’t want to just learn about it, I want to spend more time doing it. And I want us as a church to grow in this area as well.

In his book on prayer, John Onwuckekwa likens prayer to breathing. He writes, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”

Think about how essential it is to breathe. You can’t exist without it. Everything you do depends on breathing. It enables every activity you do. So it is with prayer. It is the oxygen of the church. It is what sustains us. There is no activity in the church that is not dependent on prayer.

At the same time, there is nothing that can cause a Christian to feel guilty like the lack of prayer  E. M. Bounds wrote, “So we come to one of the crying evils of these times, maybe of all times – little or no praying. Of these two evils, perhaps little praying is worse than no praying. Little praying is a kind of make-believe, a salvo for the conscience, a farce and a delusion. The little estimate we put on prayer is evident from the little time we give to it.” Guilty as charged!

This is the reason I have chosen this as “the word for the year.” It is because I need to grow in this area myself. I give too little time to prayer. It is work and it is work that I often neglect for other more visible things on my “to do” list.

So…expect to see more blog posts on this topic. If you want to read along with me, I will be reading a variety of books on this topic in the coming year.  I am starting with Prayer by John Onwuckekwa.

So…expect to hear of opportunities for us to join together in prayer. I would love to see us make a collective commitment to seek the Lord through extraordinary prayer and for WEFC to become a house of prayer.

Join us for prayer this Saturday (1/12)  from 9:00 to 10:30.

I am grateful to know that when we turn to God in prayer, our gracious Heavenly Father is eager to meet us and remind us of his everlasting love.

Let us pray!

 

Bible on a Camel!

Bible on a Camel!

RECENTLY, I PREACHED THE FINAL SERMON on our series on Isaiah 56-66. This wonderful section of Isaiah ended with a glorious picture of people from the nations streaming to the mountain of God.

“And they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the LORD, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD.” - Isaiah 66:20

Dromedary? What is a “dromedary”? I had to look it up and discovered it was a camel. This verse captures the mode of travel in the day it was written. Basically it is saying that the road will be wide open and people from all over the world will make their way to God because of the work of Jesus.

The next week I read a wonderful article in the recent edition of Christianity Today about the Rendille people of Northern Kenya. For the first time in their history, they were receiving a written copy of the New Testament in their native language. How was it being brought to them? You got it; by camel!

Two things struck me about this story.

First of all, I love the picture this story gives to Isaiah 66:20. The article gave testimony to the impact the gospel made on their culture. “No child marriages. No female circumcisions. Give every child equal rights. Give a girl equal rights with boys. They used to value camels more than people. The animals drank from the scarce well water before women and children did. But after the gospel arrived, the children moved ahead of the camels in line.”

Secondly, I was taken back by the excitement they had in receiving the Scriptures in their own language. Jackson Vusaka recounted of that day, “There was great celebration and dancing as the crowd witnessed the offloaded cartons of the Scriptures being placed on the table. It had been an over thirty year’s wait.”

When was the last time I held the scriptures with the same sense of wonder as pictured here?

May God rekindle in us a love for his Word, and may we not take for granted that we can hear from God whenever we open up the Bible.

 

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