Youâ€™re an Answer to Prayer
We’reÂ continuingÂ our book club discussion of The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns (this week: chapter 14–Finally, the Good News). If you have a response post this week, add it at the end of this post. Also be sure to head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog. I know you’ll be challenged and blessed.
This chapter starts with a quote from an anonymous thinker:
“Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it.â€
â€œWell, why donâ€™t you ask Him?â€
â€œBecause Iâ€™m afraid He would ask me the same question.â€
The last several Wednesday book club posts have been hard in that itâ€™s so difficult to take in the reality of all that suffering and know what to do, but if we are to truly follow Jesus, weâ€™ll be led right into the middle of it in some form or fashion.
Just a couple months ago, I attempted to spark some vision in our church about who God had called us to be by talking about being a community/family, reaching out to our city, and changing the world. And yes, I believe a church that consistently runs between 35 to 50 people can do all those things, even change the world.
The strategy is nothing new and I told them we are committed to Go, Pray, and Give. All we can do is our part. No need to despair that we canâ€™t do it all, we jump in and go locally and globally. We pray for missionaries we are able to support as well as everything the Holy Spirit shows us to pray. Then we give as often and as generously as we can directly to missions and those who are going.
One thing that I loved in this chapter was Mr. Stearns realization that he was an answer to a struggling widowâ€™s prayer. Iâ€™ve known this before, but I forget.
- When God moves us to serve and show kindness to one another, youâ€™re answering a prayer (even if itâ€™s not that specific personâ€™s)
- When you take up the call to pray for supernatural intervention and provision, youâ€™re releasing the power of God as His heavenly Kingdom comes on the earth
- When you give expectantly and graciously of time, money, and resourcesâ€”no matter how small you think it isâ€”God is weaving together a beautiful tapestry that is answering prayers.
I hope thatâ€™s invigorating to you! As we discipline ourselves to listen and respond, every act of obedience, love, kindness, and faithfulness is furthering the Kingdom of God in unimaginable ways. Prayers are being answered.
He chooses to use you and me. I just want to take a moment to rejoice that in our small and great sacrifices and obedience, God has answered prayers and lives have been radically transformed for eternity.
Have any great testimonies of God using you to answer prayer? Itâ€™s not boasting. We share to encourage one another in good works! Iâ€™d love to hear from you.