Thursday, May 05, 2005

Prayer and Teaching

Today is our National Day of Prayer (in the United States).

In honor of this annual call to petition, I ask this question:

How dependent are we on God for our ministries?

In other words, do we invite God into our lesson preparation? Do we depend on His wisdom and guidance? Do we rely on Him to work in our students? Do we rest in the fact that outcomes belong to Him--they are not in our hands?

Take time today to thank God for the gifts, talents, and abilities He's given you. Thank Him for your health, your mind, your ability to read and write, your training (these, too, ultimately came from His hand), and your ability to understand His word.

Invite Him to work in the hearts and lives of your students or group members. Ask Him to grant you the wisdom, humility,love, and knowledge you need to be an effective vessel. Ask him for strength and perseverence. Ask Him to reveal more of Himself to you and to increase your passion for Him.

And then, if you're brave enough, ask Him to make you more reliant on Him (a dangerous prayer).

He will.

And when He does, let me know how it works out.

'Til next time,

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