I’ve recently been reading A W Tozer’s book ‘The Knowledge of the Holy.’ Tozer stresses the
importance of understanding the nature and character of God.
The more we understand about who God is the greater our desire to worship him and the more confident we become that he will do what he has promised. But as we all know, believing God will fulfill his promises when he doesn’t stick to our script can be a real challenge!
God has a plan and is working it out in his own perfect timing yet amazingly he hears and responds to our prayers. Holding these two things in tension is easy for God because he is God. We, on the other hand, find it more much more difficult. This is why the Holy Spirit speaks to us, helps us and guides us. He lets us in on the good things God has planned to encourage us and stir us to pray and to act.
For some time God has been speaking about the spiritual tide rising around us but also that we needed to start digging out some old wells that had become blocked up – the wells of revival; worship; hopes and dreams; and healing. So over the autumn we will be doing just that. Every month we will be gathering for two nights (Sunday and Wednesday) to pray into and focus on one of these four wells. They will be exciting times not to be missed!
At the same time we will be starting a new preaching series from the book of Isaiah called ‘Streams in the desert.’ Together, we are going to unpack some of God’s promises that bring life in the desert places.
Just listen to Isaiah 30:18-19 in The Message:
“But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right – everything… …Cry for help and you’ll find it’s grace and more grace. The moment he hears, he’ll answer.”
God has an incredible plan, yet somehow within the purposes of God our prayers make a difference. So let’s stir ourselves to seek God together. It’s time to pray!