“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) (Emphasis on words are mine. Didn’t want you to miss these words!)
Elated and honored. These are just two words to describe how I felt when one of the Bible study leaders at my church asked me to lead a particular study.
I received the invitation in mid-December. To be exact, December 15th. Immediately, I started preparing to teach the small designated, but prominence, section of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Never would I have known that what I was learning about Jesus’ teaching on prayer would be what I needed to strengthen me during a difficult time in my life. To be exact, the date was December 29th when we learned of the size of a benign brain tumor that needed to be surgically removed. In the big scheme of things, God was preparing me for Len’s surgery.
What God revealed to me about prayer was eye-opening. So much so that this baptist sister had to share the insights with her husband! We both were amazed as we walked through the Old Testament to get to the point in the New Testament where Jesus was teaching His followers how to pray. Since studying this passage, looking intently into the scripture, I have a greater appreciation for the privilege of prayer.
What’s more amazing than my specific experience is the fact that God does His part in preparing us for EVERY journey. But sometimes we are not prepared because we don’t FOLLOW His guidance--do what He says…, to TRUST Him. The next time God is nudging you to do something, or NOT to do something, know that He alone knows what is needed to complete the journey, His way. Be a willing participant so that you get what God has for you. For me it is strength for THIS journey.
By the way, the sweet folks at Langdale Place will help me teach this same message during their Sunday morning church service on April 30th. God’s Spirit tells me that the Bible scholars at Langdale will enjoy recalling what they already know about prayer in the Old Testament and then to march that knowledge forward to Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount! Perhaps you’ll consider supporting this ministry. If interested, let me know.