Thank you so much for your prayers for our community outreach on the 4th! What an amazing day! Our first visitor was a young mother who has been coming to us every year since we started. For three years we have been praying the Lord would give her another baby. She couldn’t wait to tell us Thursday, that God has answered our prayers! Praise the Lord! We may not always get God’s timing or why or how He answers like He does. But we can always be sure of this one thing; our God is faithful to the faithful.
So many people came for prayer and to be ministered to Thursday, Chuck, Gracie, and I were busy from 9 a.m. until we finally got to eat some lunch around 2:30. And then, as is usually the case, our lunch was punctuated by visitors requesting prayer. The presence of the Lord was overwhelming at times and I was quite exhausted by 4. But things started to slow down by then, and Chuck and I were able to take turns, depending on the person or circumstance. It was such a blessing to have people tell us they had come to the park just to get prayer at our booth. By the time we packed up our booth at 6, our prayer request jar was full and we were all ready for a nap.
As we prayed for everything from marriages, to drug addiction, to wayward children, to healing, to demonic affliction, my heart was heavy, and still is, for these beautiful people in desperate need of the power of the Holy Spirit and the all-powerful love of God. I cling to the knowledge that it only takes one faithful intercessor to touch the heart of God and move Him to bring revival fire. But I continue to pray for God to raise up an army of prayer warriors. I will remain on my face for this community, and the territory God has given me. You would never know it, seeing me on Thursday, but I am not a social person. In fact, I’m very much an introvert. So, why in the world do I set up a booth every summer and welcome strangers in for prayer and ministry? Because my Father told me to. And, true to His word, He gives me all I need to make it happen.
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work” 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV).
The love I have for these people is not my own. It is the love of a Father for His hurting children. The Father will not give up on them, and neither will I.
Please join me in prayer for all those who came to us for prayer, and those who did not. So many are struggling and hurting. I must constantly remind myself that God is bigger than our biggest mistakes, and that all of us, though covered by grace, must go through the process of sanctification, learning to submit fully to our Father. It’s not pretty or fun, but the results are beautiful. So, though I can’t take the pain and discomfort of this process away, I can pray as Jesus prayed for Peter, that God will give them grace to come through victorious.
Heavenly Father, I beseech You on behalf of Your children, in the mighty name of Jesus, that You would grant unto us according to the riches of Your glory to be strengthened with might in the inner man by Your Spirit, that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith, and that we, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth and length, and depth and height; and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that we may be filled with all of Your fullness. Now, unto You, who are able to do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or imagine, according to Your great power that works in me, to You be the glory, in the church and in all the world, through Christ Jesus, forever and ever, world without end. Amen!
God’s grace and peace be with you all!