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Answering the Call of God

February 28, 2018

Dear Friends,

It was unbelievable. I just finished punching in my request for an online
quote when my phone rang. I answered and was greeted by a nice woman
from an auto transport company. Seconds later my phone beeped announcing
another call coming in. I let it go to voicemail.

I was looking for a quote to ship my daughter's car from here to Colorado.
I had no idea that I was going to become so popular in doing so. For the
next thirty minutes I began fielding calls, taking emails and text messages.
My phone was buzzing and beeping continually.

I liked the rapid response but I have to confess that it was a bit
overwhelming. I found out that these things are handled by a broker
who represents a number of companies. He or she spins out the request
and it takes on a life of its own. Talk about prayers being answered.

It was nice to have the matter settled in short order. There was no waiting
around to see what they would say. I had the numbers in hand that morning
and was able to make a decision. "It was like it says in the Bible, "Ask
and you shall receive."

Of course many of our prayers don't get answered as quickly as this one
did. When you've got a problem we usually say, "Give it to God." Yet,
most of us know that the answers often come in God's time. Waiting is
often part of the equation. We don't like to wait.

So we tend to use prayer as a last resort. We pray when we've tried
everything else and there's nothing left to do. For some, prayer has even
become just something to say that sounds religious. It's not taken seriously.
That's a mistake. Prayer drives everything.

Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven to earth. If you want
to see change in your life or the world around you, it begins with tapping
into the power and purpose of God. Prayer is the guiding force behind
institutional and personal transformation.

Be careful though. As you spend time with God, you might find that he
will move you to step out and do something. Prayer inevitably leads to
action. God's like that broker I mentioned. He gets the call and puts it
out to you and me. So start the day on your knees and let's be the answer
to someone's prayer today.

God bless! See you in church.  

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