Martin Luther is said to have quipped: â€œI have so much to do today, Iâ€™d better start with a couple hours of prayer!â€
Mmmâ€¦ I guess itâ€™s time for confession: I am an activist. I do not have the life of intentional prayer that I really would like to have. Sure, during the day Iâ€™m in an almost constant inner dialogue with God. But intentional prayer is something that I have known for intense periods of time in my life but have not practiced on a daily basis.
Good friends are pray-ers like that. (I think of Harden and Maxine Young, for instance - who, at over seventy, intercede for us and our kids, Philosophia.. and probably 3 dozen other friends and ministries each day. But Iâ€™m not there yet.)
Ann came up with the idea of a prayer vigil right at the beginning of the time leading up to the deadline for the downpayment for â€œHouse Nazarethâ€. I didnâ€™t exactly groan inside - instead my conscience was pricked and I thought: â€œYeah, sheâ€™s probably right! Take it all to God first.â€ (See, Iâ€™m growing!)
Philosophia and â€œHouse Nazarethâ€ must be Godâ€™s project or it will all come to naught.
So, the bottom line is that weâ€™re asking you to pray about our praying: weâ€™re making (not â€œtakingâ€!) the time. We leave today for a retreat center. Please ask God to meet us personally, confirm the path that He has led Philosophia, and give us any new instructions He has for the next 3 months.
One other prayer request: Have you ever been driving through the â€œheartlandâ€? [Think Kansas!] Miles and miles can go by and you donâ€™t see a single sign. You know that youâ€™re on the right road but eagerly look for a little confirmation [”Dodge City - 250 miles”, for instance]. Weâ€™re asking God to give us one of those. The Philosophia board met day before yesterday and Pete Stewart suggested that we ask God for another â€œchunkâ€ (he didnâ€™t define the exact quantity) of the down-payment to come in soon as a â€œroad signâ€. Weâ€™re not insisting that God do this - we know weâ€™re on the right road; it would just beâ€¦ letâ€™s say, â€œreassuringâ€.
Have a wonderful Lordâ€™s Day - Iâ€™ll try to get back to you about the middle of the week if I can get to an internet connection.
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