It’s been quite a beginning to this year so far and it’s truly been a whirlwind, hence the reason why I have not updated in some time. I am not at liberty to go into a lot details (yet), but suffice to say, we’re in quite a season of change.
Change is not inherently a bad thing. Change can be good, though we always seem to associate it with something bad. Humans don’t like change. We’re creatures of habit. However, we’re thrust into new seasons whether we like it or not. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says that there is “a season” and “a time” for everything. The season of life that my wife and I have been in has been quite difficult and trying at times. The season we believe we’re heading into has a great deal of uncertainty, yet a great deal of excitement as well. The one thing we can stay assured of it this: Jesus is the same and will never change (Hebrews 13:8).
In this new season, I’m seeing more and more that prayer, a practice that has fallen into the cracks of my own life, is the only thing that will carry me through. Prayer is our lifeline to God and without, we cease to actually be followers of Jesus. Sure, we have the Scripture and great Christian music, but the fact is, the Scripture isn’t going to tell us where we’re going to go with our life. Only God can do that (Jeremiah 29:11). Yes, the Scripture is going to tell us just about everything we need to know on a wide range of topics, but it’s not going to tell us what God is going to do in our lives specifically. Wherever we are called to, God is going to remain the same (Malachi 3:6). We aren’t, though! We’ll be tossed in the ship during a storm much like the disciples were, but Jesus will calm the storm and call us upon the water.
We need to realize that practicing a faith without prayer is useless. We need to realize that we cannot build a church without God and we cannot sustain a church without God. We cannot do anything that a Christian is supposed to do without God. Prayer is the basis for our relationship with God. Do you remember what Paul says? Philippians 4:8 says that we shouldn’t be anxious about anything, but to pray about EVERYTHING. Shocker, I know! Pray about where you want to go, or better yet, pray about where God wants you to go. We’re praying right now for the direction God is leading us in as we approach brand new opportunities that we didn’t imagine possible at this point in our lives. So much has happened this year already and we’re excited to see what else is in store; but for now, we will continue to pray and wait on Him. For Jesus said, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26).