Tuesday, January 4, 2011

2011 - I'm ready to pray some Sun Stand Still "audacious faith" prayers

Happy New Year blog readers! I have great expectations for 2011! Over the past few months I've listened to several podcasts and video sermons from Pastor Steven Furtick. He wrote a book called "Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare To Ask God For the Impossible". The book is based on the scripture Joshua 10:12 when Joshua prayed that the sun would stand still. I haven't read the book yet. I've started started reading it and it's so inspiring!

Why am I telling you sharing this with you? This is not a book review. I've been reflecting on the dreams I have for my life. Some of them I'm sure are God dreams because I wouldn't wish them for myself. Dreams that I've let lay dormant because I didn't see how they were going to happen. They don't make sense for me financially. I've thought "when I meet my future husband we can do this together" or "I'm waiting for that divine appointment". You know the one where some great person in ministry walks up to me and tells me they see this great call on my life and they have an opportunity for me to walk in that call. The point is, I've been waiting and not preparing.

So, I'm focusing on what it is I feel called to do. Teaching, yes. Teaching 1st graders - not so much. Don't get me wrong, I love teaching and I love my students. However, the gift of teaching is a deeper calling for me. I love teaching on worship. I love singing, worshiping, and leadership. My dreams are big. But my God is bigger. The bible says to be ready in season and out of season. It doesn't say wait until your divine appointment comes along. So, 2011 is the year that I pray sun stand still prayers. It's the year that I believe God for things that aren't "logical" to my American mind. It's the year that I begin to prepare for the vision God has given me even though I don't see how it's going to happen in the natural. It's time to write teachings that are stirring in my spirit even though I don't have anyone to teach them too right now. To move toward the God sized vision inside me (teaching others about worship is only a very small part of the dream).

I've been wrecked by the thought of all I could be doing for the Kingdom and yet I'm not. I'm convinced that there is so much more than "American Christianity" which is sometimes limited on faith. We want to know how everything is going to work out. Am I going to be able to keep my comfortable lifestyle and 401 K. Am I preparing for retirement. I'm ready to walk out a God vision that is more concerned on setting captives free, providing a home for orphans, and seeing the miracles in the bible become a reality today than making my life comfortable before I start doing the work of the Lord.

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I'd offer to loan you my book but I'm still reading it. I expect to have lots of notes and highlights in it by the time I'm done.


DebbieP said...
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DebbieP said...

Wow you blow me away Rachel. God will honor your step of faith and I am excited to see what He does as a result!

Rachel said...

Thanks Debbie. The morning after I wrote this I thought, "What have I done! What if nothing changes and all my blog readers see me fail.". Obviously that was the devil trying to shake my faith.
This morning I got an encouraging word from a non-blog reader about how powerful my call to worship is. So awesome to see God honoring my faith and sending me encouragement!

DebbieP said...

God is so faithful! You keep your eyes on Him because He has plans for you chick! I feel Him moving through you when you lead worship.