Our current sermon series, “Teach Us To Pray” has been very popular; especially this past weekend’s message “A Prayer of Difference.” This sermon challenged and encouraged us to think about how God desires to use each of us and how he longs for us to pray for him to do so.
Stop and let that soak in for a moment. God wants to use each of us to do something significant in his kingdom, which controls everything seen and unseen.
Soak it in. God wants to use us.
Jim shared a prayer from Habakkuk 3 this weekend. I can remember the first time I read the passage out of the Message and it inspired me.
God, I’ve heard what our ancestors say about you,
and I’m stopped in my tracks, down on my knees.
Do among us what you did among them.
Work among us as you worked among them.
God is in the business of doing miracles, large and small. When I read this verse, the phrase “when pigs fly” popped into my head. It’s an “I’ll believe it when I see it” kind of attitude we often have when we think about God working in marvelous ways today. The limiting factor is so often our own belief in what we think God can do.
A perfect example is when Jesus stepped into the town of Nazareth during his ministry years. Mark tells us that Jesus could do very little there except heal a few sick people because the people didn’t believe. Luke was a little harsher and stated that Jesus could do nothing there. They were the kind of people that were convinced pigs couldn’t fly. Our hope and anticipation of what God can do limits what he will do.
This prayer is not the prayer of an individual asking God to work in his or her life, it’s a corporate prayer – a prayer for a group. This is a prayer for our church.
Jim shared this weekend about how Richwoods has been blessed with a greater number of people finding and following Christ over the past 19 years – taking Richwoods from a church of several hands full to one of nearly 1300. Many of us have heard the stories of God working, but weren’t there to see them happen.
This prayer of difference is all of ours, for today and for tomorrow. God is not done with us yet, and he desires to do more in and through Richwoods, but I think he is waiting for us to ask him – to ask as a group. I don’t know about you but I want to see pigs fly! I want to see God do a new and marvelous thing in and through Richwoods!
On average Richwoods needs to receive $39.1K in gifts to meet its 2016 operating expenses, 10% of which goes immediately to Missions and helping people in our community who are experiencing financial troubles.
Our budgets are set on a calendar year, submitted by staff and approved by the Elders of Richwoods. Our ability to meet the needs of the people, provide programs, offer ministry opportunities, and so on, are all contingent on the faithful and generous giving of the people who call Richwoods their church home. As a church we do not take annual pledges to set a budget but we work off of our historical giving and attendance patterns to project a conservative budget.
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