“12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NIV)
“2…I Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to Jeremiah, the prophet… 3.So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes.” Daniel 9:2-3 (NIV)
On Sunday, my son and several friends left for Moore, Oklahoma to do disaster relief work there. It is his first mission trip as an adult. This time, he would not be taking a church bus. This time, he would be making the trip on his own. As a mother, I was nervous about this 1000 mile trip across four states. At the same time, however, I felt blessed by his choice to dedicate his time and energy to helping others.
In preparation for the trip, we had the car inspected, tuned up, and new tires installed. We shopped for working gloves, appropriate clothes, and purchased snacks for him to eat and share along the way. We gave him a Subway gift card, and people in our church gave him gas cards and money for expenses. All of these things were important, but the most important thing we did was to pray and to ask others to pray. I know Christians in Moore are praying for this project. Because we have Facebook, Christians in other states are also praying.
A few Sundays ago, I taught a Sunday school lesson about two prophets separated geographically, but bound together by prayer. One man, Daniel, was called by God to serve Him in captivity. The other man, Jeremiah, was called by God to stay in the destroyed city of Jerusalem to preach and prophecy. During his lifetime, he was beaten, arrested, thrown in a cistern, humiliated, ridiculed, and abused. But the beauty of God’s plan is that though the people of Jerusalem did not heed Jeremiah’s warnings, a man in faraway Babylon understood Jeremiah’s message, turned to God, and prayed.
And so, in the wake of a disaster in Moore, young people have decided to go and lend a hand. People in Georgia and Oklahoma pray, and others, who know them and even those who do not know them personally, all across the country, turn to the LORD in prayer. United in prayer and in the beauty of God’s plan, we are strengthened, a town is rebuilt, and God is glorified. Praise God!
Dearest Heavenly Father,
Lord, today we recall Philippians 4:6 (KJV): “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God”. How beautiful it is to be bound together in prayer, to know you are always present in our lives and ready to receive our praise, our thanks, concerns and petitions. Today, we make our requests known to you. We ask you to restore the town of Moore, but most of all we ask you to do a mighty work in the hearts of the people there. We ask you to bless those who have gone there to help and return them safely to us. We thank you for your guidance and protection, and in all these things we seek your glory.
In the name of Jesus,
One of our Christian authors, Rene Gutteridge, lives in the Moore, OK area and in her blog she shares her experience of that day. It was scary and makes it so real. http://www.renegutteridge.blogspot.com