Colossians 4:2 “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving”

Ephesians 6:18 “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints”

We are admonished to persevere in prayer. We are also commanded to be on the alert, to be watchful as we pray. The disciples faltered when Jesus said to watch and pray in the garden.

The Bible also tells us to be prepared and look for His second coming. Plan as if we are going to live a long life, but look expectantly for His return. Yet we get discouraged and wonder if God is ever going to act on our behalf. When will He set the record straight?

This past month God has encouraged me. I had the privilege to share my faith with friends and family for whom I’ve been praying over 30 years. I got to present the good news a couple of times and by all indications I was heard. I’m trusting out of those encounters will come fruit that will remain.

Plus I have seen God work in a unique way to meet an unspoken need. This has truly caused me to bow before Him in awe. It reminds me of what I know is true: that God is always active, His plans toward me are always good, and His timing is always perfect.images

Does that mean that I don’t have a lot of prayers that need to be answered? You know the answer. Does that mean that I am not having to trust Him in areas that I wish He would act? No again! Couldn’t we all use a miracle? Yes indeed. I have a hard time reading God’s watch. But my Father gave me a glimpse of His hand on my life – His sovereignty, His grace, His provision, and His faithfulness. I am grateful. It is my prayer every day that I will have a grateful heart.

I see God’s hand working through our new WBL ministry. At the April 4th brunch 100% of the 44 women who attended said they wanted to be discipled. The interest level and the people God is raising up is truly exceptional. We are enthusiastic about what God is doing and can do in our city. Thank you so much for being a part of this prayerfully, relationally and financially.

I do have a few prayer requests. Please pray for Bill Cabaniss banquet on May 8th and our Golf Marathon on May 20th. It is traditionally harder in the late spring to get people to attend our events. The breakfast is one of our primary means to present the gospel and see peoples’ lives changed. And our Golf Marathon is our biggest fundraiser where we are still recruiting players and sponsors.

I cannot say thanks enough for your willingness to be a part of this ministry. Let’s continue to persevere in prayer. When Elijah prayed for rain he had to send his servant back seven times before he saw a little cloud. God may ask us to pray hundreds of times or just rest in Him for the answer. Don’t dismay. He is working and His plan is not off track.

Truly blessed with you,