Today is the day that we start our 24 prayer. I have to be honest, I have been struggling to keep myself on task. I start to pray and then my very undisciplined mine seems to drift off… I am going to keep at it for sure, it's something that I really want to get good at!
We had about 66 people sign up. I'm so happy that we got that many. Ya know its interesting, I have over 6000 people following me on Facebook. It seems like they all pray for me often, judging by the comments left on my post. I always get “praying for you” or “lifting you up today” (that's Christian code for praying). I am a doubting Thomas I think … I would love to tell you that I believe it when I read it, but truth is, most of the time I don’t. First off, if you do post that and truly do pray for me … I guess I would say, pray that the Lord changes my heart on that… and if you do post "I'm praying for you" or "You're in my prayers" and don’t pray I aint mad at ya. God knows I have said it myself more than a few times…. Either way … I honestly didn't think we would even get this many people to be a part of the 24 hours of prayer…. It's so exciting.
As I have been praying through the list of things this morning and reading I keep coming back to this story of Noah's Ark. I gotta say, I have read through this story about 30 times in the last few weeks. The last blog I did about it was intense for me; really crazy and important for me to get out. Since that time I have noticed a few other things about that story that I just love… they really hit me hard…
1 Noah had to do a lot of work
Genesis 6:22:Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
He had to build the ark. Swing a hammer. Get dirty. I love that. This is more how I like to do things. I want to be good at prayer. I want to be able to wait on the Lord and take everything to Him. At the same time, I want to work. I want to be in the game. I think its important to know that when the Lord asks us to do something, it's going to take a lot of hard work.
The other part I love about it is that He followed the directions. I am not always the best at that. I try and take control and “make it my own” so to speak.
Then the Lord said to Noah ”come into the Ark…” :Genesis 7:1
Now there are a few different translations for this verse. Some say, "Lord said GO" others say, "Come into the ark."
In my experience, the Lord always seems to invite me in. I really believe the Lord gives us an invitation to be a part of what He is doing…"Come into"... He wants to take us on adventures and do wild, crazy things for His glory.
The last thing that has really jumped out at me is this story is. Genesis7:16:
“….And the Lord shut him in.”
God shut them into the Ark to protect them.
I talked about this in my blog called The Ark. In the blueprints that God gave to Noah He didn’t give him a rudder or a compass.
But this verse says it all …God shut them in.
Or… God was protecting them. God was in control. They didn’t need a rudder. God was steering the Ark.
They didn’t need a compass. God was navigating the them through danger and right where they need to go … he was guiding them to land.
I got to say now more than ever I feel this is not just a story that I can apply to the project, but also to my life as a Christian.
God will invite you on an adventure,
He will get you to the end.
As I pray for Uzima and Needle2Square today. I also pray for you. That you won't say no to whatever Adventure the Lord invites you on…