Presence and Availability Lead to Purpose and Direction

And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant hears.” (1st Samuel  3:10)                                                                                                                                     Also I heard the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send and who will go for us?” Then I said,” Here am I. Send me.”    (Isaiah 6:8)

When we said yes to being part of the core team of a church plant, we did not yet know where that would lead us. We had 32 cities that were potentially our new home and none of them made any sense. All of them would take us farther from our families and any worldly security we may have known. Our prayer was that God would break our hearts for the people of the city where He was sending us. We prayed that God would open doors for us; that He would give us the vision to see those open doors, and, finally, that God would give us the courage to walk through those open doors.

He answered every single one of those prayers! Praying scripture based prayers like the verses above are a powerful way to connect with God. May we be a body that is bold enough to stand before God and ask Him to speak to us.  May we be attentive enough to hear Him speak even in a still small voice and see Him in His creation. May we stand and proclaim like Isaiah, “Here I am, send me!”. Then may we be obedient enough to go where He sends us, confident in knowing any victory He has promised has already been won!

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