Today, provision from God is still a miracle just like it was for the nation of Israel in the wilderness thousands of years ago. However, many times we are not satisfied that God meets our needs instead of our wants. I love the scripture that says, “Godliness with Contentment is Great gain.” This is where we enter the place of rest in His presence and His provision.
Throughout the 17 years of serving HIS BridgeBuilders we seem to live on the miracle of God’s manna. Several weeks ago while I was in Chattanooga my wife, who processes our checks to pay the bills, prayed for the Lord’s provision to pay our bills. She did not ask for our dependence upon God to be removed, for such is the Kingdom of God. Her prayer was simply for our needs.
This beautiful prayer before the Lord was answered this week when we received a check from an anonymous donor from a Boston foundation for $90,000. We rejoice that in man’s eyes it was anonymous, but in our eyes it was straight from God. Never resent the days of Manna, for they teach us to trust and depend on God.
Thank Him that you can learn to live on so much less. Praise Him that you will have eyes to see the needs of others when they are living day to day. We give God the praise for this season of complete dependence on Him because He is completely dependable.
The Forgotten Power
The story in Acts chapter 12 about the early church praying for Peter’s release from prison, is one of wonder and amazement. The church is praying and God is answering, but few are expecting the miracle. When an angel of the Lord releases Peter from his chains, he immediately goes to visit the house of Mary and knocks on the door of the gateway. A servant girl recognizes Peter’s voice and in her joy she does not open the door but runs in and reports that Peter is standing at the gateway outside. The response from the people of the church inside the house was classic disbelief, not expecting that their prayer could be answered. It amazes me how often we forget or simply choose not to pray. Even when we do come to the Lord, much of our prayer is in unbelief.
This last weekend 19 men gathered at our ministry house in the inner city, to pray and seek God’s face. About 1:00am someone suggested we speak out loud the names of people we are asking God to call to his Kingdom. The Lord led one of the men to pray asking God to awaken these individuals whose names had been spoken and to hear this call from the Lord. Two hours passed and sometime around 3:00am, there was a banging on the door. Our first thought was, this must be another brother from our staff coming late to the prayer gathering. But to our amazement, it was a man from the community, a man we all love and whose name had been spoken out loud in prayer just 2 hours before. This man came inside the house, sat down and told us that he was having a dream and suddenly woke up compelled to walk 9 blocks in Bonton to come see what was happening at the ministry house. He said, “I had to come and see”. We all just began to rejoice at the power God had given to us through collective prayer.
The Same Power that set Peter free is available to us today, if we will gather together in fervent believing prayer. The Lord is the same yesterday today and forever, but is the Church? Begin today by gathering with your wife, family and fellow believers to truly seek the Lord. Gather several families in your neighborhood and pray for the captives to be set free. Prayer is the forgotten power of the church in this generation. God is Able and Willing…are we?
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“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you”
What a thought, even now Jesus is at the throne of God as our advocate. If you were having a bad day you should now be abundantly blessed by God’s love for you. As I walk in the hearts of cities and see the fatherless children and the abandoned families I am humbled by those who have been given much and use their God given gifts to be an advocate for the least. These advocates first have a keen understanding that they are simply stewards of God’s blessings of Power, Position, and Possessions. Because of these gifts they have access to others who can radically impact our communities for good. They have been given inside views and must decide if it is simply for their own advancement or the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
This week we had the joy of taking a team from BridgeBuilders to Chattanooga exploring how we could help serve their urban poor. The key man God used is a man named Albert, who grew up in Chattanooga and is now very blessed by God. His heart for the least in Dallas connected us several years ago. Each time I am with him, I am blessed by His intentional desire to serve the least. He has become a fantastic advocate and is always seeking ways to serve us, and our ministry. I am humbled that he is not only an advocate but also a friend to many who are in the streets. The sincerity of his love for the least clearly shows the love of Christ. He has stood with us in difficult circumstances and never waivered. He is a brother that is born for adversity. Clearly The Lord is using him greatly because he is surrendering his will, for God’s will. Thank you Albert for using your life to be an advocate for the least and the lost. A true advocate stands when no one else will and is willing to take the hit for you. Jesus did this for us and so each of us should do for the less fortunate in our communities.
I challenge you to Pray and ask God to show you one area of injustice that you can stand against for the advancement of the Love Christ teaches and the blessing of the least.
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