Call unto me, and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3)
God is teaching me (slow learner that I am) that prayer really is the “first work” of everything else. He marvelously streamlines things when I seek Him in prayer. Good example: I was responsible for teaching a Trail Life lesson in January so I prayed about what God would have me do and then I was led to buy a bunch of stones for a lesson I wanted to do on making prayer a priority in your life (an illustration of the very principle that I am sharing with you now!). Since I had so many stones laying around after having prepared the Trail Life lesson I was led to use the extra stones as an illustration for a sermon about David and Goliath. At the end of that sermon everyone was invited to help themselves to a stone from a basket in order to represent weapons we can use against gigantic fears. Well, I still had a bunch of stones left after the sermon and the Trail Life lesson.
That same weekend Bill Wirick was called home to Heaven. While meeting with the Wirick family, I found out that Bill’s favorite sermon was “The Old Stone Church,” a message that we redeploy about every three years or so. At the end of that message we pass out stones reminding us that we are not to “throw” condemnations at one another. I was informed that Bill had kept all the stones from those messages over the years. Well, that led me to pass out stones at Bill’s funeral and use them as part of the message.
The next day, Bill’s sister-in-law, Shirley, shared with me that someone had taken a picture of one of the stones and posted it on his or her Facebook page along with the gist of what the funeral message was about. She said it had gone “viral” and was getting a ton of “hits.” One person posted this response: “I’m going to keep this rock in a prominent place to remind me that I too am a sinner and that I should not throw stones.” God is surely getting a lot of mileage out of those stones that were $1 a bag at Dollar Tree.
I believe it’s really because God gets a lot of mileage out of prayer, which is the bedrock, the “first work,” of what He wants to accomplish through us.
In Jesus’ Love,