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spotlight: out of Africa

This morning when I arrived at work, one of my best friends in the world had sent out a message from where he is serving as a  worker sharing the Gospel in a location that will remain undisclosed.

Lately, he has been having some hard times.

His boss’ home was broken into by a mob of theives while he and his family were inside sleeping.  He has been really sick, perhaps with the flu, for at least a week.  He is really lonely, having little work to do (in terms of planned out projects) and missing his beloved girl, Kelly Beth, like crazy.

On top of that, the man who had had devoted months to teaching the bible and discipling him to follow Jesus was fired from his job for breaking into an apartment and stealing money.

It has been hard and discouraging of late.

That is why this email was of such great encouragement to me – just hearing that J’s spirits have been lifted and encouraged by the Holy Scriptures.

Remember, as you read the email, that J is in a country that requires him to use secure language in his communications, so you will have to fill in a few blanks, but I think you can handle it:

j-and-lee-1What I read this morning that really brought me to my knees…

So after a long line of horrible kings and leaders, Hezekiah comes along as king of Judah.  He gets rid of all the false gods and high places, and follows the Lord and obeys him.  The king of Assyria starts threatening him however, and tells him he’s getting ready to come destroy Hezekiah and his people.  Hezekiah’s response is to humble himself, and pr@y.  Think about the pain and anxiety he must’ve felt – a nation has just come and told him he’s getting ready to kill him and wipe out his people.

2 Kings 19:20 “Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, ‘Thus says the L, the G of Israel:  Your pr@yer to me about Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard.'” I can’t even type those words without chills running down my spine.  The G of the universe, who created everything, sends a direct word to Hezekiah – a man – and literally tells him, “I’ve heard your pr@yer.”  Ok… fast forward to…

Luke 19:46.  J is ticked at what is going on in the temple.  He tells us, “My house shall be a house of pr@yer.” Ok… so what does Paul say about the temple?…

1 Cor 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the HS within you, whom you have from G?  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So glorify G in your body.” Wow.  So we are the living temple.  The temple is to be a house of pr@yer.  G literally told Hezekiah, “I have heard your pr@yer.” Ok…

Matt 7:7-11 “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.  Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”  (thanks Lee)

Not convinced?  How bout James 5:15-16 “And the pr@yer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the L will raise him up.  And if he has commited sins, he will be forgiven.  Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pr@y for one another, that you may be healed.  The pr@yer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” (thanks pops)

By the way, the story in Hezekiah.  It ends in chapter 19 with “And that night the angel of the L went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians.  And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.”  I love how simply put that was.  Perhaps Hezekiah had faith that Father would deliver him.  I doubt he thought he would do it without even requiring Hezekiah to even lift a finger.  I doubt he expected father to answer by literally send an angel to destroy his enemies.

Why do I pr@y in a box so often?  Is there any reason to doubt that Father does not hear our pr@yers?  Is there any reason to not have faith that when we pr@y towards his glory, that he will accomplish it?  Father doesn’t need you, but in his gr@ce he has predestined that we pr@y for that which we seek.  This is a blessing beyond measure.  Don’t let your heart be discouraged, father calls us to humble ourselves and pr@y.  And don’t let what you see with your own eyes become the only channels you see father working through.  He who used an angel to destroy 250,000, and he who told Hezekiah, “I have heard your pr@yer,” WILL answer in ways that seem impossible to our finite view.

To JC our L be the glory,

J

Bro, thanks for teaching me about the necessity of prayer, urgent prayer, and our need to trust in our Lord and God for everything – humbling ourselves before him, swallowing our pride, and trusting him in faith as we come before him in prayer.

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  1. Mello
    November 19, 2008 at 9:04 pm

    i appreciate you lee wilson.
    SO thankful for the encouragement and friend you are to Jason, and me!
    a visit to jackson will take place soon.
    :)

  2. leewilson7170
    November 19, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    that would be welcomed big time.

    big time.

    try to bring that kbc girl with you. the gas fairy will provide the money if she is good enough.

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