Written by Jim Johnson
Do you ever find yourself sitting and staring, not at anything, but at everything? I’m blessed with this human dilemma! Life is a bunch of newsreels flashing in my mind sometimes. Whenever I have time to sit and reflect (sometimes in a worried state), contemplating what I need to pray for, who I need to pray for, how I need to pray for, when do I pray for, why do I pray for; well you get the gist of what I’m talking about.
It’s not always this way but sometimes we can’t help but get overwhelmed with thoughts of how many responsibilities we have just to provide for our family's needs let alone the needs of our community.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:26
In this passage the apostle Paul is talking to the believers in Christ, the ones who’ve been set free from the bondage of this world and all of its circumstances that would take our eyes off the true prize— the hope of our salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus. He’s telling us point blank, "Don’t be discouraged when life gets hard! That’s when God does his best work through the Holy Spirit who abides in us. God is not confused!!"
And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. Romans 8:27
So as God examines our hearts with the intercession of the Holy Spirit on our behalf, He does it ACCORDING TO HIS WILL! You, the believer, should take great comfort in this truth!
All this said to ask you to prayerfully consider what God would have you do through the Community Outreach Ministry to reach those who don’t know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, those who don’t have the comfort that we enjoy. Even when we don't know what to ask for, God does, and He helps us with His Holy Spirit, according to His will.
Pray for our leaders, the pastors, the elders, the small groups, and the teams of volunteers to reveal the WHO! Who am I supposed to reach, who am I supposed to help, who do I know who needs to know the truth of the hope that is within us. How can we all be the hands and feet to the lost?
Dear Father God, help us, Lord! Reveal to us, Father, what it is or who it is that You’ve already made provision for. Use us, Lord, to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the best of our abilities and please, please, please don’t let the world or circumstances, doubts and fears, the enemy, keep us from doing those things that you have called us, Your disciples, Your people, to do each and every day to spread Your Love, Your Hope, Your Grace, Your Mercy!
In Jesus' Name,