Father of all the mercy and grace in our lives. Hope of all nations, cities and states from tiny to hard-to-imagine proportions. Spirit of all comfort and power and inspiration and beauty. Our God who is three-in-one, would You permeate every area of our lives? From the quiet before we wake up to the clamor of our crazy commutes to the easy joy of watching over our children’s hard-fought sleep. Would You make Your warmth and peace and prodding and leading known to us? To those around us? That peace that is desperately needed. That ability to love and listen to our neighbor. That propensity to forgive and seek to understand when all we want is to retreat into familiar and exclusive. Father, Son, Spirit move us. We need You. We love You. We welcome You today.
My wife and I were thrilled to have our daughter home from college and we began to remember the day we opened the Bible and decided to name our two children, Rachel and Rebekah. This memory led me to re-read Genesis 25:21 and God gave me a new thought: “Isaac married at 40 years old and he prayed for Rebekah. He prayed to the Lord every day for 20 years for his wife and not for himself, because she was barren. Then the Lord in his faithfulness granted his prayer.” The one thing that I want to learn, and do, is not to work or earn more material stuff but it's how to pray. Isaac learned to do this, that is why he was successful. In Romans 4:20-22 God had promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations and He would bless his children and all the earth through his descendants. Abraham and Sarah as well as Isaac and Rebekah lived with the inability to produce children until God intervened. This taught me that the enemy will fight you the hardest and the greatest in the area that God wants and intends to bless you the most. The place where God wants to use you will always be the place where you will find the greatest challenge from the enemy.