Hey, Bible memory/prayer group: God bless you every one! I find I am praying through the week mostly for our children, to be strengthened in their lives in Jesus, or to come to Jesus fully and freely. I myself have no DNA kids, yet I have those I hope to consider spiritual kids, and I live that yearning for them to belong to Jesus not only daily but also
many times through the day. I see that in praying for them, and in praying for y’all, I am strengthened in my walk with Jesus. Yet only occasionally do I see signs of the Spirit working in them; it is 90% trusting that what is deeply longed-for in my heart is also a big deal to him. So when I read in Acts 26:14 in Paul’s conversion narrative, he is asked by
Jesus, “Why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” I think (maybe I’m wrong in this) that Jesus had sent many before Paul that spoke the truth to him and provided an opportunity for him to come to Jesus as the Hope of Israel that he kept praying for. So even if I don’t see results in any interaction or prayer leading them to fully understand Jesus and accept his death and resurrection as life-giving, I can rest knowing that the same Jesus who called me can call them also. As I take them in prayer over and over, I am coming to understand the character and nature of the Father more and more. Also, as I read these posts I rejoice to see the depth of relationships with Jesus in those posting, and have gleaned a greater understanding of prayer from the ramblings of Tim. So please be encouraged, group: even when I don’t post y’all are never far from me.