Isaiah 56:7 (NIV)
“these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer, Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”
Everyone is aware of the most recent news involving Brussels, Syria, France, and Israel. When we pray, He listens with all types of requests through His Spirit within us. Lately, Jesus has been whispering this huge need for all the people of His World. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be super heroes? Oh, but we can, we are His ambassadors!
How many hours, I wonder, did Jesus spend in prayer? He told us about the time He requested Peter, James, and John to join Him in Gethsemane. He asked them to sit alert while He prayed. They fell asleep, even though they knew Jesus was seeking His Father’s Will. Jesus knew . Our eternal life was given through His grace. Jesus’ pain was ahead to die on the cross for us then. Now, we can either fall asleep, or we can pray, to share the highest cost ever paid for the world and their eternal life with Jesus.
Many of us have appointments, meetings, a regular job, some reason to travel along our journey in life. I go to many doctor appointments because of a rare disease. He has shown me, how through my own selfish thoughts, there is joy just waiting. ” Pray, pray”, He says, “do not fall asleep behind the wheel of your car, your walk on the sidewalk, or your awaiting of an appointment.” Pray to meet someone who He is sending for you to share Him with. Don’t be surprised when this happens. Believe me, He sends them.
He will guide and whisper the need to your spirit. Your selfishness will disappear filled with His Joy. There is a “gift” He asked me to design. The very first part was the use of two dollar bills I had saved. The idea of an envelope inserted with the money started, then the verse to have on the front in a label that was printed at an office store. I buy little stickers of hearts, fish, birds, any thing that is representative of His Love and Creation of us.
James 1:17 “Every good gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, Who does not change like shifting shadows.”
When I pray, He gives me the “one” who He wants me to share it with. When given this gift, I ask them to read it aloud to me. The next question is what a good gift might be, they mention health, peace, happiness, and others. The precious good gift they never say is what I share with them; “You, you are a good gift”, God created you, His precious gift.” with a blush, they look astounded, they cry or smile. Then, pray for this one question; “If you are the good gift, who is the perfect gift?” Some will answer with beautiful places or feelings, others answer with God, and then they answer with the best and perfect gift; “JESUS”.
When they do not answer, this is His great opportunity for me to listen for His Word. He will whisper again to you. He gives me His Word to share His excellent Promise of Salvation for eternity. Many will ask you how, and they will pray and accept Him into their lives. Remember the Spirit has planted the seed. He makes the impossible, possible, toward their eternal life with Him.
This “gift” has been shared with many of my sisters in Christ. They even pray for me when I tell them there is another appointment ahead. Then, then one time, I met a teenage boy. He had accepted Jesus, and then he said the most wonderful words. He had been bullied at school because of his great size. Yet his demeanor was like a teddy bear. He told me this; “Now I will make these to share Jesus who lives within me. I will show them His Love.”
I visited one of my sisters who had fallen ill. She loved chili, and I had made some for her and her husband. She asked me about some of the answers to the group’s prayer for the “gift”. She had not seen this before, because she had missed the times it was shown. A whisper came for me to give it to her.
Then it happened again. The same words of the young teenager echoed in my ears and touched my heart. She said she was going to make this “gift” and follow His Purpose of sharing Jesus in this way. She also said she is calling this a Divine Appointment. She said she has appointments too. We call this the “ripple affect”. He ripples the waves of His gospel fulfilling our oneness in Him.
Ephesians 6:18 (KJV)
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”