We are in a season of prayer at SixEight Church. We do this every year between Easter and Pentecost Sunday. It’s a good time to pray, because we’ve just gone through the busiest 5-6 month period for the church. So, as we come to the end of that busy time, it’s time to make sure we are seeking God, humbling ourselves before him and making sure that we aren’t getting in the way of what God wants to do in and through us.
As we have invited you to pray with us, as we go through the prayer guide with Clark County Prayer Connect, we have also asked that you pray a “Now to Next” prayer. What do we need to be doing now to be ready for what God has for us next?
It was during this season of prayer in my first few months here that God brought us the food pantry. Since then the food pantry has grown and served thousands and thousands of people. Literally. Yesterday was one of our busiest times. It is clear God brought this to us and He continues to bless it.
What is it God wants us to do this year? It might not look like anything we had imagined. To be honest, we hadn’t really spent much time thinking about doing a food pantry before God led us to. This is why this season of prayer is so important.
We can spend inordinate amounts of time brainstorming and planning, coming up with ideas, but if it is not God’s idea, it’s just busy work. When God wants to do something, when need to be ready to jump into action. We may not know exactly where we are going. We may not know much more than the first step we’re supposed to take. God might simply illuminate a few bricks on the path, just enough for us to see to take another step.
Will you pray for our church? We don’t want to be doing anything God doesn’t want us to do. We don’t want to miss out on doing something God wants us to do. We need to be moving with God.
“What will that look like?” To be honest, I don’t know. I have ideas. I have inklings. I see the awesome and talented group of people God has been assembling at our church and I can make logical conclusions. But, I haven’t seen writing in the clouds or on the wall.
“What do you know, then?” I know that God has a plan for everything and when we seek Him, He will lead us. It may not look like we had imagined. It may require a tremendous leap of faith on our part. It may mean we step into unchartered waters with nothing more than faith.
And I know that when God asks us to take those steps of faith into the sea, we are following a God who has turned the sea into dry land. We are following a God who has walked on the waves and brought Peter out of the boat to walk with Him. Whatever it is that God asks us to do, we don’t need to have it all figured out, we just need to have faith in God and follow Him wherever He leads.