Dominican Republic August 2

August 2

All team prayer.  What have you seen in this area of the DR to offer thanks about?  What from your perspective are the needs?  What are the needs of our team?

1 Tim 2:1-2 
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.

CS Lewis wrote a reply to a request for prayer from his brother Warren in Shanghai. He wrote to him at the end of 1931:  When you ask me to pray for you—I don’t know if you are serious, but the answer is yes, I do. It may not do you any good, but it does me a lot, for I cannot ask for any change to be made in you without finding that the very same needs to be made in me; which pulls me up also by putting us all in the same boat, checks any tendency to priggishness.

Reflection Reading:

John 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

Romans 8:26-29 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.  And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

“You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you,” said the Lion.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Silver Chair

 

Application

Listen: what part, concept, or segment stands out?

Understand: How God helps us in our weaknesses.

There was a passionate missionary to China who couldn’t speak fluent Chinese.   When she was trying to explain Jesus and the gift of the Holy Spirit.  She said in Chinese “Jesus is a God who drives his boat on the mountains.”  A Chinese woman heard her (even though it was a preaching mistake) and went home to convince her husband that they must accept this God who unlike men who drive boats on the ocean Jesus can drive his boat upon the mountains.  They accepted Christ and were a light to the future underground church in China.  Her son and grandson became preachers and her grandson, Isaac Liu is church planting in Frankfurt, Germany.  Obviously this Chinese grandmother grew in her knowledge of God despite the original mistake of the woman.  What lack, mistake, or weakness can you offer to God today?

Do THIS: take action.  Pray for your nearest teammate asking God to give them courage as they serve here in the DR.

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