Matthew 7:13-14

Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. Because narrow is the gate and straight is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. ~ Matthew 7:13-14

Saturday, January 31, 2009

New Year Prayer

Events are moving so fast that we can't keep up with them. Ministry is incredibly real and vital in our lives. We keep going from place to place as Jesus asked His disciples to do. We stay where we are welcome, eat what is put before us and bless our hosts who receive us into their homes and churches. What more is there to do? How can we really understand the blessing of sharing the Gospel? We are blessed beyond measure as we are "about our Father's business."

We don't seek to "grow" our ministry, we only hope to grow in grace and truth as we are priviledged to work in the harvest. This year we pray for many to come to know Jesus - the way, the truth and the life. We pray that people will see the need for Him and be blessed to lay down their burdens at His feet. We pray that all the nations will come to worship at His feet and seek Him while He may be found. We pray that His Word will go deep into the hearts of those whom He touches and that it will bear fruit - the fruit of healing, of understanding, of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We pray that His love in our lives and in the lives of all people will cover the multitude of our sins against Him and eachother.

He says "don't be weary in well doing for in due season, you will reap." We are reaping - the reward of seeing somebody come to know Him, of watching the veil of ignorance lift, of seeing the broken healed and the restoration of life and hope is incredibly rewarding. To see a life changed and lifted is priceless beyond measure.

What return can we make to the Lord for His goodness to us? We will drink from His saving cup, and call upon His name. May you be blessed in 2009, whether in the high places or the low valleys, remember He is there with you.