“The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls of incense, which are the PRAYERS of God’s people.”
- Revelation 5:8
Over the last several weeks I have tackled trimming two massive trees in my backyard. Each week I trim the branches I can reach. This project is LIMITED based on the size of my landscaping bin, the tools I own, and my unwillingness to climb the tree. At this point only lower and smaller branches are in my repertoire.
My tree-trimming project reflects areas in our life where we can only go so far or feel limited based on schedules, resources, and an overall trust in our abilities. A person can be adequate at making a meal or two for the family, but they leave the harder recipes and celebration feasts to someone else; an individual may feel they can change their vehicle’s oil or battery, but they would make a mess of replacing the transmission; a couple may set-up a savings or money market account, but they leave longer term investments to a financial planner; a parent may be competent enough to help with their child’s schoolwork (even the new math), but has quickly discovered in this season, that the call of a teacher is special indeed.
Despite the many limitations we feel, we are the ones God has ordained to speak life, invite the kingdom, and to walk in the impossible. This prayer assignment is not reserved for a few, it is for all of us. The more we pray, the more we will see Him answer. In Ephesians 6:18 Paul signals every believer to pray, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always be praying for all the Lord’s people.”
As the weeks and uncertainty caused by this pandemic continue, I have sensed a renewed and heightened call to pray. I am praying more in the Spirit; I am being reminded to call for the stopping of the plague; I am asking the Lord to send grace and wisdom to every first responder and government leader; I am standing against the enemy’s plot to deceive and divide people; I am covering people who are dealing with great pain, fear, and injustice; I am crying out for a miraculous work of salvation of the lost and of unity in the Church.
Because of this call, we have created a weekly Zoom Prayer Meeting on Tuesdays (7:14 pm). Consider joining us for this time. We have a great opportunity to pray and see Him change things. Looking forward to praying with you. Now is the time to join the prayer ranks, raise your voice, and release God’s will on a dry and thirsty land!