I am an avid reader of books. I find that it keeps my mind clear and focused. I think it also helps me compartmentalize important issues. Also, it's part of how I'm designed. I believe I'm a lifelong learner and reading helps make that a reality.
Statistics about people, especially those that came out of the 2010 US Census, still reveal the great spiritual need for peoples of the world who make their home here within our borders. I am aware of the shifting numbers of people all around us, yet California has continued to remain as one of the greatest mission fields in the United States and the world. The 33 million unchurched here must remain a priority for our convention of churches.
Every day we see the faces of our fellow residents in the pages of newspapers and on television screens. The diversity is incredible. The needs are great. I believe there is an urgency like never before
to reach the world in California.
This urgency has been spurred by my re-reading of the classic book, "The Weapon of Prayer" by E.M. Bounds (1835-1913). Certain words touched me deeply and reminded me again of the urgency and importance of prayer for California, our nation and our world. We often talk about prayer yet we have forgotten the history of the results of prayer where lives are changed and communities are transformed.
Bounds' book is powerful. He served as a chaplain in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War and began weekly prayer sessions to strengthen the spiritual state of his local area.
His insights are timeless and his words are as powerful today as they were when I first read them.
It is time again to bend our knees and cry out to our Father. He will fulfill His promise and bring healing and revival. One of the ways we can do that is by praying for the Golden State during the California Mission Offering observance this month. There are several ways you can pray for California missions, with requests on the CMO bulletin insert/prayer guide available to all churches - order free from www.calmissions.com
. Also on that website are prayer requests from your CSBC missionaries.
Also, think of your church, your community, your neighborhood, workplace, school, etc.
Discover the needs there that can be met, and pray, asking God how He will use you to help reach and impact those people with whom you are most closely associated.
I have not given up on our mission of reaching California for Christ. Distractions abound like waves of a tsunami, negativism surrounds us on every side and voices in the quiet moments frustrate us. Yet I confidently continue to move forward with the realization that the "future is as bright as the promises of God."
Keep praying. Keep going and sharing. He does answer!