I love to hear Trey pray. It is always “thanks” and hardly ever “requests.” My prayers seem to be always “requests” and seldom “thanks.” As a church, we have been praying for God’s supply regarding our finances. Most recently that God would allow us to pay off a construction project that is still four months from being complete, as well as to have a stellar day in our regular budgeted giving. Well, the Lord did provide! In fact, in true God-form, through the generous people of Mobberly who have been giving recently, God has accomplished more than we could have imagined. We prayed for $250,00 to be given to general offerings and almost $270,00 was given! The $904,000 needed to complete the construction has been totally provided for! And another much-needed 8 passenger golf cart was donated! Plus four people accepted Christ!My temptation in times like this is to skip right past the praise moments and anticipate the next “big” thing (i.e. preparing for the next building later this fall or the missions emphasis soon to follow). However, God showed me a word through one of our staff pastors, Greg Martin, which really spoke to me.
Isaiah 12:3-5 says: “You will joyfully draw water from the springs of salvation, and on that day you will say: ‘Give thanks to the LORD; proclaim His name! Celebrate His deeds among the peoples. Declare that His name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, for He has done glorious things. Let this be known throughout the earth’.”
This past Sunday we did give thanks, celebrated His deeds, and proclaimed His Word and God blessed again. In all four services Sunday we just stopped and clapped for Jesus! So what did God do when we just stopped to praise and did not add some additional request? Well, more people made decisions this week than any other week in the past six months AND giving Sunday was even better than expected again! We worshiped as five were baptized as new believers! In fact 33 people have accepted Christ in the past six weeks! WOW – GOD IS GOOD! He deserves our praise and, as for me, He is going to keep getting my praise!
Next posting, Angie will be sharing her perspective on serving the Lord on our mission trip to Nome, Alaska. We will be there with seven others from our church sharing Jesus with those there for eight days!