In reading through some past notes in my journal I came across a couple things that I felt like maybe I should share in this newsletter. A few weeks ago I was struck by Psalms 114 which reads, “When Israel came out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, Judah became God’s sanctuary, Israel His dominion. The sea looked and fled. The Jordan turned back. The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs. Why was it, O sea, that you fled? Why, O Jordan, did you turn back? Why, O you mountains did you skip like rams and you hills, like lambs? Tremble O earth at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, Who turned the rock into a pool of water and Who turned the hard rock into springs of water.”
Here’s some of what I took from this passage: The things that seem to cut us off from our destiny – circumstances, bondages, etc. can be likened to the sea, the Jordan river, mountains, and hills. Often, what we see as hindrances – even impossibilities – God sees as opportunities to display His greatness. Our pathways to destiny – our “promised land” – leads right through that which seems to hold us back and cut us off. There is a pathway through into destiny and it is marked by His presence. Find His presence; find the pathway. Why did the sea, mountains, hills, etc. react as described in the passage? “Tremble O earth at the Presence of the Lord….” It was His Presence that caused such a response.
I mentioned that I came across a couple things. Here is the second. This goes back a few years but I found in my notes a prayer that I had prayed regarding a specific circumstance that seemed, at the time, to be too difficult to overcome. I remembered that this particular situation had been resolved long ago in what both my wife and I saw as the hand of God. The resolution had come suddenly and swiftly in a manner that each of us could only attribute to the intervention of God. It was as though God had said, “Enough” and it was over. Most likely there are those of you who are facing something that seems overwhelming at this particular time. Whether it be financial, relational, physical, emotional, etc….if it looks like a mountain from your perspective could it be that somewhere in that circumstance there is a pathway to your destiny? Could it be that He would want to turn your “rock” and that “hard rock” mentioned in Psalm 114 – those things that seem immovable and overwhelming to you – into a pool of refreshment as you become more aware of His Presence in the midst of it somehow?
In 2 Chronicles 14 we read of Asa, a Godly king of Judah who was facing an impossible situation. Asa had an army of 580,000 men. However, his adversary, Zerah of Ethiopia, had an army of 1 million. So, Asa was outnumbered nearly 2 to 1. Impossible situation? Here is what Asa prayed. From 2 Chronicles 14:11, “Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one besides Thee to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in Thee and in Thy Name have come against this multitude. (powers, principalities, impossibilities) O Lord Thou are our God; let not man (powers, principalities, impossibilities) prevail against Thee.” Asa realized this was not his battle. As he prayed his perspective shifted so that in the end he said, “let not man prevail against Thee”. He had surrendered the fight to God Himself. Asa no longer “owned” the battle – he had given it (in his heart) to God. The result of this prayer was that “The Lord routed the Ethiopians before Asa and before Judah and the Ethiopians fled”. (vs.12) And, “the Ethiopians were shattered before His army…” vs. 13.
If you’re facing something bigger than you can handle I’d invite you to borrow the prayer of Asa today. Pray as Asa did, surrender the issue to God Himself recognizing the battle is not yours. Release it to the Father and turn your heart to trust, knowing that He is good and His purposes for you are good.
My, I didn’t intend to go that long. If you’re still with me….I was told we had a wonderful meeting on Friday, March 30. I received a number of text messages saying things like, “Great meeting, very good night, etc.” (Vicky and I were in CA that week). We have a number of meetings upcoming in the next few months.
On Friday and Saturday, April 20-21 we have Mark and Deb Hendrickson coming to share. The focus will be primarily principles from Marks’ book “Supernatural Provision”. Both meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and all are welcome to attend. Saturday night we are serving a meal beginning at 5:00 open to any who would like to come for fellowship with Mark and Deb. It would be helpful if you are coming for the meal to let us know so we can plan numbers a little bit. Also, Saturday afternoon at 4:00 with Mark & Deb we are having a gathering of those who have been coming to pray in our prayer cycles or any who are interested in becoming part of this prayer emphasis. Please make note of this time as we come together and share thoughts, ideas and strategies.
Then, Thursday, May 3rd we are hosting a National Day of Prayer event beginning at 7:00 p.m. Again, all are welcome to attend and join us as we pray for our nation and any other focuses the Lord may lead us to.
Our regular schedule remains: Each Tuesday night prayer meeting at 7:00 p.m. Each final Friday of the month “Worship In The Wilderness” at 7:00 p.m. Every other Tuesday prayer cycles from afternoon to evening. For more information regarding the prayer cycles and/or if you want to become involved call Bob Scrabeck or myself. Our numbers are listed below.
A summary of meetings can be found at our website as well. We are considering a number of other possibilities for guests; if you would pray for wisdom and discernment regarding these we’d really appreciate it! Thank You!
Our monthly operating costs are approximately $550. Thank you for considering this ministry in your giving.
Director Wilderness Prayer Center
Tim’s Cell # 507-525-0349
Bob Scrabeck Cell # 507-383-0756