Who is responding to whom?

God is responding to your prayers.  Based upon the incredible increases in support that we’ve seen the past few weeks, all 154 of our Prayer Partners plus many friends must be boldly approaching the throne of grace on our behalf.  Not only has God granted us support, he gave me strength to preach 10 times in seven days and really enjoy it.  He has blessed us with incredible times as an extended family.  He provided a place to stay when we arrive in Portugal and solid leads on a vehicle and an apartment.  And this isn’t a complete list of all that God has done.

I should also tell you that I am praying with more desperation.  I never dreamed that August 12 would come and I still wouldn’t know for sure whether or not we’re departing for Portugal on September 1.  My chiropractor recently asked me if we were going and I said, “We still don’t know yet.”  He fired back, “What kind of a company do you work for that lets people go this long without telling them for sure whether or not they’re moving halfway around the world?!!”  I hesitated to say that the person I work for is God.

This leads me to another question.  Is God responding to my prayers or am I responding to God’s providence?  The answer is both, but God is the one who initiated this.  When I ask God to provide all that is needed in order for us to go to the field, I’m not trying to talk him into doing something he doesn’t want to do.  God initiated the circumstances that have brought me to this place of desperation and attentiveness.  I’m responding to his providence.  Like Hannah of old, I’m praying fervently, but I’m not trying to talk God into something.  I’m coming on board with what he is already doing.

And so together, we pray diligently and confidently that God will finish what he started.  Thank you, my friends, for walking this road with me.

2 comments
  1. This was a very thought provoking and praiseworthy report. I am still praying and thanking GOD for all that HE is doing and will do. Isn’t it great that we can trust HIM even to the very last minute for meeting our needs. HE has a plan that we don’t always see all of the details.Keep trusting and on the other side we can look back and say “WOW, isn’t GOD good?!?!?!!!!!” YES, HE is good and HE is GOD, always working for our good and HIS glory. Praying, ~K~

  2. Good perspective – I am fervently praying for you and your family as well, at least every day. I popped over to send your family this quote I found on a friend’s blog from Paul Tripp – I thought you would appreciate it in this time of waiting. 🙂

    “Waiting on God isn’t about the suspension of meaning and purpose. It’s part of the meaning and purpose that God has brought into my life. Waiting on God isn’t to be viewed as an obstruction in the way of the plan. Waiting is an essential part of the plan. For the child of God, waiting isn’t simply about what I’ll receive at the end of my wait. No, waiting is much more purposeful, efficient, and practical than that. Waiting is fundamentally about what I’ll become as I wait. God is using the wait to do in and through me exactly what He’s promised. Through the wait He’s changing me. By means of the wait He’s altering the fabric of my thoughts and desires. Through the wait He’s causing me to see and experience new things about Him and His kingdom. And all of this sharpens me, enabling me to be a more useful tool in His redemptive hands” – Paul Tripp

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