Dec1SunDecember 1, 2019
One of the things that has really struck me about the Lord's Prayer or as some say the pray Jesus taught His disciples to pray is this profound phrase, "your will be done on earth as it in heaven." Well, what is the will of God in heaven? It is the absence of sin, disease and torment.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Jesus didn't just die to give us life in heaven. He died to bring us new life here on earth. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. We also know that there is healing in the atonement. We can pray with confidence because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. No longer should we doubt what God's will is in a given situation. For me knowing this gives me incredible boldness and confidence when praying for others.
This past month I have been reading the book, The Way of Life by Bill Johnson
Bill writes, “Heaven itself thrives on the presence of God. Our commission is only possible with the increase of the overwhelming atmosphere of the glory of God that increases as we pray our assignment with faith. Those prayers must be followed with the risks necessary to display His will on earth.”
God longs for His kingdom to influence this one. I believe with all my heart that we are called to bring his life giving presence to places of darkness, places of dread and disappointment. We are called to true religion and that is ministry to widows and orphans in need. God has continued to engrave on my heart how important it is to show His Father’s heart to a broken and fatherless generation. It is also the reason that God is continuing to shift Sharon and my focus on to the incredible opportunity to be a blessing and bring life to schools and orphanages in Uganda.
As you may know we have just returned from spending three weeks there and we have been so inspired by world changers there like our African son, Jeslor along with Shaka, Pastor Patrick, Pastor Elijah and his amazing wife Naomie. It amazes me to see the incredible sacrifice, the commitment and passion that they serve with. There is a genuine love and commitment to the next generation. They pray bold prayers like the ability to take more children in, to purchase 3 acres of land for their school to expand, to believe God for provision. They sacrifice building their own home so their church and schools can thrive! They start schools even when they don’t know how the LORD will provide, but He does, He shows up and we capture glimpses of heaven on earth!
The world changer that invited us to Uganda was Pastor Grace and he is an amazing father to so many. Here is a post that he recently shared on Facebook.
For the last 10 years we have been in the place, Entebbe Lunyo the home of My People Ministries. In that scope of time; Christ City Kayabwe came into exisistance now giving hope to many girl and boys. Through this place more 27 churches have been planted in different parts of Uganda - giving hope to million lives of people......!!! Through this place many souls have come to Christ through monthly crusades, conferences and outreaches; alcoholics, bandits, drug-addicts, thugs, thieves, hopeless etc....Through this place we have seen supernatural healings, miracles, signs and wonders, the home of Shalom Healing Rooms... Jealousy developed in the Landlord and all who saw us from scratch to grace.... what came up is to receive ANOTHER LAWYER LETTER OF VACATING THIS PLACE OR THE CHURCH WILL BE BROKEN DOWN WITHIN FEW MONTHS!!!!!
The amazing news is that is God is answering the prayer for new land and provision is already being made for the purchase of their own property. We had the joy to walk and pray over their potential new landing spot.
Sharon and I also had the joy of dedicating two trees in the prayer garden of Pastor Grace’s school / orphanage that is home to over 600 students in Christ City. It was on October 26th Rylan’s birthday that we named one tree after him and prayed for the success of our businesses here in Canada to generously support these ministries. We also named another Jeslor and dedicated it to his vision for Trust Future Uganda. It was an amazing experience!
Bill Johnson closes one chapter in his book by asking the following question, “How much of the prayer “on earth as it in heaven” are we willing to pursue?
It is a question that I am wrestling right now with and my Ugandan brothers and sisters have certainly stretched me in every way to be a giant risk taker for the kingdom of heaven!!