Common Thread Ministries is honored to have as a friend of the ministry, Bro. David from Nakuru, Kenya. He and his wife have had to deal with much tragedy, making this excerpt from A Threefold Cord very timely.
This was taken this last March when we were preparing for our later, May trip.
July 2, from A Threefold Cord
Zechariah 9:12a Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope.
Promise (from God)
Hebrews 9:24 Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands… but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us
Prayer (to God)
Luke 23:42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into thy kingdom.
Combine the Precept and Promise and Prayer and pray them back to the Lord as one prayer
What a great reminder that our focus is NOT on our circumstances. Who is our Stronghold?
What is a prisoner of hope?
Yes, you and I whose hope is in the Lord, our Christ!
And where is Jesus now?
Yes, in heaven at the Father’s right hand (Hebrews 1:3; 8:1), “where He ever lives to make intercession for us (Hebrews 7:25).”
So now let us pray with the penitent thief, “Lord Jesus, remember me when You enter Your kingdom. When I awake with anxiety I will turn my focus to You (Romans 8:6), for You are my peace (Ephesians 2:14).”
Abortion among believers in the church is an issue that I felt compelled to introduce in my first novel, The Pray-ers. The article referenced above which you can link to by clicking on the picture is an excellent read.
While I’d like to give you some of the excerpts from my book, so that you can see how it is dealt with, I cannot, because I fear that it would impact your enjoyment of this part of the story which, even though a small part of the book, impacts key aspects of the two of the character’s lives.
Below is what I shared with my Kenyan Ministry Group page on WhatsApp this morning:
Wait on God ACTIVELY
Precept (Principle) Psalm 37:7a Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.
Promise (from God) Proverbs 20:22b Wait on the Lord, and He shall save thee.
Prayer (to God) Genesis 49:18 I have waited for Thy salvation, O Lord.
TURNING THE ABOVE DAY’S VERSES INTO A PRAYER
If there was ever a time when I was comfortable calling You my Daddy God, it is here. You have showed me that when I wait on You, when I am patient, my Daddy God does not forget me. Thank You, my Lord and my God, thank You…
NOTE: What do you accomplish WITHOUT waiting on God? Imagine how well you complete something WITHOUT waiting on Him, and now, just for a moment, consider how well it might be completed if you DID wait on Him.
Look at today’s 366 day devo, the focused is waiting on the Lord. But allow me up be transparent with you.
I WANT TO MOVE FORWARD!!! In fact I’m tired of NOT moving forward.
And yet, the Lord CLEARLY has me waiting on Him. I can only surmise that I am not ready and/or circumstances are not ready. Nevertheless, I must wait. And as I wait I think of the words from a Dr. Charles Stanley sermon, “the Lord wants “active waiting” in my life.”
What is active waiting?
Look at the Deuteronomy passage below, one could say that active waiting is waiting obediently
Deuteronomy 10:12 “Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,
“Coincidentally,” I have been awake in the wee hours of the morning here in the USA, talking to the Lord about waiting on Him. Perhaps I can sleep now.
While The Ark Encounter is being advertised on Times Square, our modern day prayer hero received a confirmation from Hael, his guardian angel. They are talking about the wonderful late teacher Dr. Walter Martin and how he never let dogma get in between his loving on people for the sake of the gospel, and then on page 126, this interchange occurs, with Hael speaking:
“And as for the age of the earth, you know that he believed in an old earth, right? Well, when he got to heaven, he learned that the earth is only six-thousand-ish years old.”
On page 45 of The Pray-ers, our itinerant preacher, Alexander Rich is known as a man who never ceases to pray. . .
This character in the book has become one of the favorites. Below you will see a link to the book as well as a previous post that we have re-posted, and example of WHY we should be “prayed-up” which becomes a similar learning point that our Itinerant preacher, Alexander Rich experienced.
The preacher, known both here on earth and in heaven as a man of prayer would never cease to pray. He and God would talk about everything and anything at any time.
I just wrote a post on THE RESULTS of praying without ceasing. You might find this short post encouraging:
Our latest book comes out of the CTM Prayer Classics section. It is from the 1830’s. Here is a post, from today’s devo, that I sent to my Kenyan Ministry partners:
As I read today’s Devo I believes it sets the proper tone for our seeking the Lord, namely, humility.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.
Promise (from God)
Matthew 23:12b He that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
Prayer (to God)
Psalm 38:18 I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin.
Do you remember me telling you about the 82 children that sang for us the first day we were in Kenya last month? Do you remember the body language they used when singing, “We humbly come before You, God”? Do you remember what they did? They bowed low, right? And do you remember how I joked about the way we as adults come “humbly” before God? I thrust my fist up into the air and then said with a loud voice, “We HUMBLY come before You, God.” All of you laughed, and why did you laugh? I think that it was a bit of a laugh of embarrassment wasn’t it? It was embarrassment because you know that at times your attitude and my attitude when coming before God is FAR FROM humble.
So let me ask you a question, which are you more likely to talk to God about, favour or humility, strength or humility, wealth or humility, blessing or humility, revelation or humility, material things or humility?
Would you pray this prayer with me, from the verses above?
“Oh great sovereign Lord (Psalm 103:19), I have been reminded today of the proper view of humility. I have been reminded that my will is not the basis of humility, rather, submitting to You is the focus. And Father, if you lift me up (James 4:10) here on earth, or in heaven, whatever You want to do is fine with me. I recognize Lord that it is not humility when I tell you to lift me up here on earth, in front of other people. You may choose to, or You may not. I am fine with WHATEVER You choose to do. Exalt me Lord (Matthew 23:12b) whenever and where ever You choose to, here on earth or in heaven. Out of, I think, true humility, I leave that choice to You. And then finally Lord, I recognize that when I humble myself before You, that You make plain to me my sins, which I will own, agree with You and not make excuses, and then ask for forgiveness (Psalm 38:18), turning from them. Thank You for the reminder in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that when I seek Your face, NOT Your strong Hand, that You show me my sin, and when You show me my sin, my job is to ask forgiveness, which is the prayer You hear and answer, and then, the separation/barrier caused by my sin (Isaiah 59:2) is gone and in a very real sense, You have just healed the land where I trod. Oh Lord I praise You for continuing to teach me true humility. Thank You Lord.”
No, Dr. Dale does not drive his car into a “Drive Thru Prayer Line” nor does he begin one in Macon GA, but, interestingly enough, there is a picture, in the mind of Hael, that if God ever gives Hael his wish, those around Dr. Dale’s car will begin to pray immediately. Unfortunately I can’t tell you what that scene is without stealing from the book, but as you read it, you’ll see what the Guardian Angel Hael wants to do.
And then there is our Itinerant Preacher, Alexander Rich. In a very real way, he and Sterling (his horse) ride up to Bro. Ted Mark’s home, and Bro. Hubert pulls up his buggy and all three go to town praying. They are, if you’ll allow the stretch, driving-thru to pray-thru a very challenging problem, together.
Blessings my friend, and enjoy. Remember that you can download the e-pub version, which is a .PDF that you can play on any device, and of course you can order the book, or get it on Kindle.