At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?”
– King Nebuchadnezzar
It’s amazing the sort of transformation that Nebuchadnezzar undergoes in the first four chapters of Daniel. This is the kind of transformation that I pray comes about in New England. But one must ask if “God does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth” and no one can question his judgement, why do we pray?
In his book God’s Greater Glory Bruce Ware seeks to answer this question, and he gives two beautiful answers.
God has devised prayer as a means to draw us into close and intimate relationship with him, the self-sufficient God who posseses all. – pg 186.
This is beautiful. Though God possesses all and needs nothing from us, he seeks our prayers that we might become closer and more intimate with him, the God who possesses all! It’s about posture. When we posture ourselves before God in prayer we show our total dependence on him and his total sufficiency to give us what we ask!
God has devised prayer as a means of enlisting us as participants in the work he has ordained as a part of the outworking of his sovereign rulership over all. – pg 189.
Equally beautiful, God has devised prayer to be a means by which his purposes and plans come to be. This means that when we pray, sometimes our prayers are actually the means by which God accomplishes his kingdom work. We get to participate in his kingdom work by simply praying.
So when Abby and I ask you to pray for us, we are really asking that you would posture yourself before him so that he would be honored and that your prayers would be the means through which his kingdom is expanded! Please look over our needs below and consider subscribing to receive updates.
How you can pray
New England. If you haven’t looked at our Why New England page, take a look. The ground has been hardened and only the Spirit of God can awaken the people there. Pray that more gospel preachers would go. Pray for revival.
Severns Valley. Pray for the church and the ministries that we are leaving. Pray that God would raise up new leadership. Pray especially for my beloved college and young adult ministry that they would remain committed and faithful to the Lord.
Our Families. We are packing up and moving 1,000 miles away from our families. Pray that the Lord would comfort them. Pray that we would find the support in Vermont that they have been to us here.
Eowyn. Pray for our daughter Eowyn. She will be 5 months old when we leave. Pray for her salvation and future.
Christ Memorial Church and NETS. Pray for the church and minstry receiving us. Pray for their new campus. Pray that God would raise up many gospel preaches from among them. Pray for Wes as he continues to pastor CMC and direct NETS.
Abby and I. Pray for our growth and maturity. Pray for our direction in planting. Pray for our travel in August. Pray for continued repentance. Pray that our marriage would be strengthened. Pray as I grow in preaching. Pray for us as we continue to raise support.