I'll try to keep this short: God is responding to our prayers.
Two nights ago, on the National Day of Prayer, Neighborhood Church of Redding held a Concert of Prayer (If you don't know what that is, see my last post). Pastor Bill described it best that night to the roughly 400 who gathered --
"You, showing up here tonight to worship in prayer and song, you are the concert."
So we sang to our God, and we prayed to our God -- for the world, for the nation, for the city, for our church, for our families and for our unbelieving friends and neighbors -- and already, already He is answering...
Later on, that same night, I received this email from someone who attended:
"After a great night of praise and prayer, we returned home and had a message on the machine that my dad called. I called him back expecting another conversation about mom’s passing and was flooded with questions about God and amazingly I was able to explain the Gospel to him and he accepted the gift of salvation right there on the phone. We prayed and I shed tears of joy, so thankful for God allowing me to be a part of His plan for us. This is an immediate answer to our prayers tonight! I thank God and each of you who have prayed with and for me and have encouraged and taught me, my joy is indescribable! Man what a night!"
Wow. The day afterwards, I personally had two breakthroughs in conversations with individuals I've been talking with for months. And I firmly believe I'm only seeing the tip of the iceberg. 'Greater things are yet to come...' Do you believe that?
Surrounded By Grace,