QUEBEC - A CALLING TO RECLAIM HOPE
A heart of prayer helps foster a vision that exceed our abilities.
Last July we were in Montreal visiting family. It was meaningful in many ways, but I remember it as the first time our boys experienced "la compétition de feux d'artifice." I can still remember their look of amazement as the fireworks lit up the sky. We would never have imagined that a year later, this July, we would be packing in preparation for our big move to Montreal on August 16th.
Over the past few weeks Bev and I have had the chance to visit some churches and build some life-changing friendships and partnerships. These relationships have been an answer to our prayers. While we knew that God was preparing churches and individuals to join us as we stepped out in faith we didn't expect that our journey would inspire them as well. As we've connected with different people we have been encouraged to see many get a better picture of the needs in Quebec. In this way they have committed to pray with and for us as we move forward.
As a God honoring vision takes shape in our hearts, we have spent some important times seeking God's wisdom and fostering the spiritual preparation of prayer. Spiritual preparation has been a time to set our hearts on God's call and to learn to trust Him fully.
While I've always made time for prayer, the past few weeks have led me on a deeper journey in conversing with God. In those times God has been teaching me to see His hand at work in moments where I felt truly helpless. This is a lesson I have often avoided.
Secondly, these prayerful moments have taught me to think more carefully about prayer and vision. I can still remember a quiet moment when I sensed God reminding me, "Your vision must exceed your abilities." Wow, I was not ready for that. It was God's gentle way of saying that others will join you and their passion, their gifts, their sacrifice will help you accomplish all I have in store.
When was the last time you prayed for God to give you a vision that was greater than your abilities or resources? Just like me, your prayer life might reveal your own lack of vision and imagination. Perhaps praying for us and considering partnering with us might be what you need to inspire you to take a next step in your faith journey.
These moments of prayer have re-centered my heart on the truth that it is God's hand at work in us that will help us reach, heal and transform lives. Our job is to have the courage to trust Him as we use our limited gifts to serve others. I recently read that 'Prayer is the soul's deepest cry of rebellion against the way things are for the way God intended them to be." Join the rebellion and start praying.