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Dearest Sisters of our Most High God,
Thank you for your prayers for the church where we will meet for the National Day of Prayer. As usual God’s plans are always a surprise to me, especially when I am thinking my own thoughts instead of His. After a frustrating time of driving around the southside hoping the Spirit would lead me to His assigned location for our May 1 gathering, I came home laid on the bed and said to the heavens, “I give up. I am trying to do this in the flesh.” Within minutes the phone ring and Berta Brannstrom my dear friend and the Spanish translator for City-Wide for many faithful years said, “Why don’t you come to our church.” The faithfulness of God fell on me like a warm blanket. So we will be going to The Kings Mission Fellowship at 610 Moursand.
As we enter into a year that will be full of Holy Spirit surprises I want to share with you some things God is teaching me that I find both encouraging and uncomfortable. As I pondered Romans 4:17 which is where Paul is trying to explain that God’s promises are true, but very often they don’t look like they are going to be. He says that God told Abraham that he would be the father of many nations and yet he then waited for many years and endured many heartaches before he even saw the first sign of God’s promise.
Paul then goes on to describe God’s actions like this, “God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did”. The first promise gave me encouragement, but the second made me uncomfortable as I realized that many of my prayers like the one for a church for City- Wide come with my doing what I can in the flesh to make them happen.
So the questions begs: Am I willing to wait as long as it takes to see what God has called into existence ? Are my prayers long suffering and is my faith strengthened by my memory of all that God has done in the past and all He has promised for the future?
I had a faith lapse today, but then I went to the Word of God and found great and precious promises and reminders of things that those who have come before me also struggled to believe, I put my faith back where it belonged, in the One who gave the promises in the first place.
Certainly He who did not spare His Own Son, but gave Him up willingly so that you and I might become the righteousness of God.
God did give life to the dead, that would be us who were dead in our sins where He raised us to life eternal. He calls us holy and righteous when we know what we are like. So God must see lost people saved that we still see lost. He must see marriages that He has breathed life into, that we see as near dead. He must see generational sins that no longer plague our children and grandchildren, while we still see broken relationships.
May we pray what God sees,
Mary Mize Hellums
Coordinator for City Wide Women's Prayer
Please also pray for our location for the National Day of Prayer- May 1st (Thursday).
Check out other city prayer events at :firstname.lastname@example.org and www.womensprayerintl.org