2006 Monthly Letter
Partner in Ministry,
"Hear my prayer, O God. In Your faithfulness answer me."
Ps. 143:1 Ever wondered how God answers prayers? Here
are two recent examples of God's faithfulness in answering
the prayers even those of pastors' and their wives. Both through
the Scriptures used during an UpBuilding Weekend sermon.
away, I always stay in homes but rarely with a pastor. One
exception turned out to be exceptional! Pastor Mike,
his wife Lisa, and Shawn their 20 year old son hosted me.
A shared bath room separated Shawn's room from mine. Unbeknown
to me, Shawn struggles with alcohol addiction. Early Sunday
morning he came home drunk and boisterous. Not wanting to
disturb my sleep, Mike and Lisa hustled him to their bathroom
and bedded him down on a blow-up mattress. Nothing was said
about this episode at breakfast time.
spoke to Mike and Lisa during the sermon Staying Up in
Down Times. Its focus was to "set our hope on God to
do what we can't do." At its end, I invited congregates
to stand as an outward sign of an inward need for specific
prayer. Both stood; Mike behind the lecturn; Lisa at her pew.
Others did, too. Those seated were then asked to gather around
those standing and lay their hands upon them as I led in prayer.
Mike and Lisa specifically set Shawn and what to do with
him on the Lord.
Monday, Mike called and reported what God had done. First,
he informed me about Shawn and their situation. "We were
at our 'wits end' about what to do, having tried many things,
many times. God was faithful in answering our prayers this
weekend. Here's how: We believe He had you stay in our home
and preach what you did for a purpose. He clearly spoke to
us through the sermon. Called us to 'literally take a stand'.
Empowered us through the prayers of people we know love us.
And gave us the courage to confront our problem. Sunday afternoon
we met with Shawn, had a family intervention, and with him
made some definite decisions as to the future. What peace,
confidence, and hope we are now experiencing. God is faithful!
Only He could have orchestrated all of this at this time!
Douglas Langerud has written a song that says
'We know that God may not heal our problem tomorrow, He may
not choose to heal it today; but praise the Lord, our healing
is on its way.' "
following Sunday at a different church but with the
same Scripture and the same Lord, Lori, a pastor's
wife said, "Last night our model Christian first born daughter
stayed out all night. She didn't call 'cause she didn't want
to wake me up (as if I could sleep) and tomorrow at 8:00 am
I go to court with our son on a DWI. Both of these while my
husband is away! Today during the time of prayer, God gave
me three things: a peace I can't explain, the fortitude
to face both these situations without Bob (her husband), and
the assurance that He will work something good in our
family relationships because of them."
you Partners in Ministry for your support AND for your prayers.
God hears and answers them. May He bless you with other specific
answers to ALL your prayers. He is Faithful!
Pray for your pastors and their families!