Friday, May 8, 2009

Just a Reminder...

Hey All,

As the team embarks on preparation for our trip to New Orleans, this is a crucial time for us. A few of us are graduating, most of us are facing finals and all have other obligations. With everything ahead of us, it's easy to become detracted from our main goal: to serve God. Please pray for us. We're still in the midst of raising money. Yet, more than funds, we need your prayers, because we want to be sure we're walking in God's Will, following His lead.

James 5:16b-17 (NLT) says--"...The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years!"

Some crazy things can happen through prayer (which is simply two-way communication with God). Prayer is a powerful tool we often underestimate. Sometimes, we even see it as an afterthought. After the planning is when we pray, although that's backward. We're supposed to commit everything we do to God. Prayer is our communication tool with Christ. We can find comfort and peace in knowing God hears our cries and will respond to them.

I'm not 100% sure of what to expect or what God will allow us to see while we're down in NOLA, but I do know now is the time to pray, specifically for: spiritual growth through this experience, the unity of the team, the people we will meet, trip logistics, and ultimately that His will be done and His Word goes forth.

Thank you to any and everyone who has already lifted us up in your prayer time. Please continue to do so! (Even during the trip.) If you haven't, please now.



1 comment:

  1. Awesome reminder of the importance of prayer!!!
    And of what a privilege it is to be able to come before God's throne. Reading Kennard's post, and then Nina's, I am reminded that as Kingdom kids and as one who can come before God's throne and talk to Him freely, what an amazing thing that is!!!
    Let's look back on our life before knowing Christ:
    -living in darkness
    -slaves to sin
    -enemies of God
    -on the path of destruction
    -under the reign of Satan
    -we did not know Christ


    -walking in the light
    -freedom in Christ
    -friends of God
    -Walking in the path of truth
    -Under Christ's reign
    -Friends of God

    It is so amazing that God calls us His children, His sheep, His Kingdom kids and that He allows us to enter into His holy holy holy throne and talk to Him, presenting our requests and just chatting in general.

    I think that our perspective on prayer really affects our prayer life. If we see it as a Christian DUTY or RESPONSIBILITY we are seeing it as WORK, EFFORT. But it is so much more than that. It is a PRIVILEGE, OPPORTUNITY, something we REAP. It is a battle we are winning, a song we are singing, a conversation with God that should never end. It is amazing is what it is :)

    ~katie :)