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Thursday, November 07, 2019

First frost - the cycles of seasons and nations, and far-reaching prayer

melting frostDear Praying Friends and Saints:

An early frost surprised us last week, bringing with it the reminder that seasons come and go like everything else, ourselves included. Changing foliage and bare branches leave us no choice but to embrace the colder days, and one another to stay warm as we go tumbling down like the leaves into the years.

What can be the harshness of incoming winter also seems to be reflected currently in the political wrangling going on in nations around the world. People are struggling for position and permanence when the only solid ground is found in Jesus. 1 John 2:17 clearly says, "And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever."

It is only from our position through grace as heirs of God's eternal kingdom that we can pray correctly. There is some great guidance for prayer in this exhortation in Hosea 10:12-13, "Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord, till He comes and rains righteousness on you."

We can't produce righteousness on our human level, it can only come from above. And inherent in prayer for revival is the expectation of fruit in our time, but the real goal is eternal. We happily continue to have people come join us in prayer, and this is the very thing we all have in common. The desire among believers in the nations is for the outpouring of God's grace and mercy to touch their lands. Of course, we all long to see justice and peace in this world, but far beyond the cycles of seasons and nations, God is populating His kingdom forever.

Our last visitors at the chapel were from South Korea, and as they came up the stairs they didn't yet know that their country's flag was right above their heads. It just landed there when we rearranged things to make room for our winter tent. One couple has lived in London for decades working with people from China, and the other couple are part of a large congregation in Seoul.

Then last weekend, we were invited to mid-Wales to a small gathering of people for an extended time of worship and whatever more the Lord might bring about through that. It was a rich time in His presence, and some powerful and prophetic prayers were made on behalf of Wales and beyond. The turbulence in the temporal sphere came into proper perspective as we focussed on God's heart for a lost world.

God the Father says to His son Jesus in Psalm 2:8, "Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession." What a joy to be able to join in with  prayers such as these! Read the whole Psalm for a glorious perspective and power for your prayers, and may God richly bless you,

Dick & Gladys


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