Since March 1st, our congregation has been supporting the awake! initiative promoted by our denomination’s Board of Mission in Ireland. It operates under the strapline “Prayer: Stirring Passion for Mission”. We have dedicated each Wednesday as a day of prayer with four prayer meetings beginning with the men’s prayer meeting at 7.30am.
Three weeks ago I was encouraging the children to pray for specific needs in our regular children’s talk in the Sunday morning service. Our text was James 4:2 “You do not have because you do not ask God.” We had one specific need to pray for: a new minibus.Our old minibus was on its last legs (if you know what I mean) and in order to continue our work of bringing children to the Kids’ Club and people to church and carrying on a range of activities for young and old, we needed to replace it.
Yesterday we were able to use our “new to us” minibus for the first time. In a remarkable way, God answered the prayers of our children and congregation and provided the money for the minibus in the space of just three weeks. Praise the Lord!
My predecessor in Carnmoney, the late Rev Jim Fullerton, used to tell the congregation that the problem wasn’t raising money; the problem was releasing money. Thank God the money was released and we can now plan a range of summer activities with much better resources available to us. Yes, God does answer prayer! Our problem is often exactly what James says it is: we do not have because we do not ask. And “when you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with the wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” It is as we stay oriented to the glory of God and are strirred with a passion for mission that God answers prayer.