I have so many things spinning through my head that I hesitate to begin writing, since I can’t afford to spend my entire morning here. But I guess I’ll try to quickly jot down a few thoughts.
First of all, I AM HOME!!! It was such a wonderful feeling to wake up yesterday morning and realized that this is MY bed, MY house. What a neat surprise. Funny how you can become accustomed to waking up and wondering where you are.
It has been an absolutely marvelous two weeks! Much good fellowship, new friendships, great food, and lovely weather. Why is it that people think the South is where hospitality flourishes? I have never been more welcomed than we were in the West. What absolutely beautiful people! God’s love just shone right through them. Bless you all!
I’ve been reading about the power of prayer, and I can’t help feeling ashamed of all the times I have been cynical, not bothering to pray because I think the stage is already set and whatever will be will be. Wrong, wrong, wrong!!! God is the God of the Impossible! He is always able and even eager to perform miracles for His children. Why do we not believe in His power? We have not– because we ask not! Don’t just wait to find out what happens–get in there and PRAY fervently for what happens. YOU can change the future–through prayer!
Think about Elijah: He was so absolutely sure of God that he not only prayed, but he made sure that it was humanly impossible for God to do what he asked. He poured water on the sacrifice over and over, leaving a pool of water all around it, but did that stop God? No way! God sent down fire that consumed not only the sacrifice, but the water AND the stones of the altar. Why can we ever doubt?
Ezekiel saw a valley full of dry bones–did that stop God? No, those dead, dried-up bones came to LIFE and they became an “exceeding great army!” Could there be anything more wothless than a bunch of bones? It was completely impossible that God could use them, but thankfully, GOD is not hindered by impossibility. The only thing that hinders God is UNBELIEF!
Where is your heart? Are you limiting God? Do you say in your heart that nothing can change, that the church is dead or dying, and nothing can reverse it? If you do, then YOU are the one who is hindering God, my friend! God is ready and waiting to bring about a miracle–all He asks is that we earnestly believe, that we pray and fast, that we repent of our sin, and turn to Him. Your prayers DO matter. He is waiting to hear them. Ask. Seek. Knock. Never be discouraged, because WE have the God who created all the universe on OUR side. HE is able, HE is willing, HE has no difficulty with the impossible.
If you have said that it can’t happen, shame on you! Repent, and fall on your face, and pray like you’ve never prayed before. Pray that the holy fire will fall as it did at Pentecost! The heart of kings is turned like water in the hands of our ALMIGHTY GOD. God has done it before–HE can do it again! The only thing that stands in the way is unbelief. Search your soul, purge the cynicism, and lift up your hands in mighty prayer to God!
TRUST in the God who loves to show us that the impossible IS indeed possible through Him!