A major focus as we "continue the journey" and seek to be faithful to God's calling to bring "the light and hope of Jesus" to our world has to be centered on prayer. Praying and seeing through God's eyes as we walk and drive through our communities is our challenge. So often we are so busy that we forget to lift up the unknown needs of our communities. We also forget to pray for the people who serve within our communities in so many different ways.
So let me encourage us to "pray with hope" this summer as we move about within our world. "PRAY WITH HOPE". Bo Prosser once wrote: "Hope is positive prayer; hope sets us on an optimistic journey and hope opens us up to new possibilities.
Hope is certainly a spiritual practice that must be learned. Too many of us pray with predetermined expectations, telling God what we want and that we want it now. This type of prayer puts us in a position to be disappointed. Praying with our "shopping list" of expectations very quickly leads to a negativity that may turn into despair.
Hope puts us in a posture of patiently waiting for God to act. When we pray with hope, we are confident that God hears our prayers. When we pray with hope, we pray consistently with optimism. Praying hopefully issues from our faith in God and praying hopefully leads us into a deeper love of God. Yes, this can be a bit of a challenge, but in a few days you'll live into a hopefulness that you didn't imagine. Your prayers will move from "Lord I want.." toward "Lord, I hope.." Praying hopefully implies a patience to wait and to let God's will be done "on Earth as it is in Heaven."
Be on the look out for "prayer opportunities" this summer whether as individuals or as we gather together corporately. God is at work and he wants to use us in His service. So commit to "pray with hope" and then join in as God acts in His own wondrous way.
Look over the calendar and find ways to "journey inward" for growth and renewal and then "journey outward" and touch the world with the love of Jesus. It is in our seeing and doing that we make a difference. So find ways to get involved in the coming months.
Your commitment to missions does make a difference. Find ways to show compassionate caring for those who need to know someone cares. Pray about how God can open doors to change lives. Worship, Bible study, missions, prayer, fellowship, service and music are all a part of our summer fabric at KB C that will guide us into the fall as the "journey continues".
Truly, God is at work doing many good things in our church and world. Never forget, we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ on a daily basis.