As I ponder the last 24 hours, and even the last week, I am amazed at how much God is doing in this ministry. As Tim concluded the SEANET Conference in Thailand, news of contacts, invitations and opportunities streamed into my computer faster than I could read or answer them. Some are direct answers to our prayers, others are not.
Could God be bringing together persons and resources that would allow us to have a “training center” in S. E. Asia that is accessible to ‘closed nations’ and yet be cost effective? Is God bringing the right people together who share our vision and passion and through them setting us free from worry about how such a small staff can handle the rising demands? What about the new doors of opportunity; Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and the Philippines? Each one must be prayed for carefully with genuine interest in knowing how God is going to direct our steps.
Paul was careful in his prayer life and in the way he taught others to pray. “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4:2). The phrase “continue steadfastly” means there should be an “intense devotion” in the way we pray, not a causal attitude. To be “watchful” means there is “a continuous readiness and alertness to learn” as we pray. This never allows us to pray as if we know answers to our requests before waiting on God. It means we pray expecting God to teach us something about what we are praying for.
That is how we have learned to pray for events, plans and opportunities in this ministry. When God answers, it becomes clear that His way is perfect and the results are far greater and better than our feeble expectations. Are you watching in your prayers?
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