Dear Hope family,
In a recent Director of Worship Search Team Meeting we enjoyed the chance to remember Jesus’ encouragement to pray with eager expectation of God’s kind, sovereign, and timely provision. In Luke 11:1-13, Jesus reminds his disciples, who are earnestly wanting to learn how to pray, of the character and disposition of the Father: he gives good gifts to his children and will not meet their requests for sustenance with serpents, scorpions, and stones. Therefore, Jesus implores them and us to ask, seek, and knock.
Two other encouraging reminders emerged from that meeting: one from a preacher of several generations ago and one from Jack Miller who helped shaped some many of the pastors and people in our city.
Thomas Watson writes, “Prayer delights God’s ear; it melts His heart; it opens His hand. Plead with Him earnestly, either He will remove the affliction or remove the impatience.” Isn’t it motivating and encouraging to remember that God loves to hear his children pray? Isn’t it emboldening to recall that God will either remove our afflictions – meet our needs or he will remove our impatience with those afflictions – he will give us grace to bear with the current obstacle or deficit we face?
Jack Miller writes, “Honestly, I find it hard to believe that anyone who wants His glory will be long without some clues as to how to express that glory in a form of service to Him. So – back to the basics . . . Expect that the Lord who has shepherded you so faithfully in the past will do so in the future.” Isn’t it motivating and encouraging to remember that we can expect the Lord’s faithful shepherding for the unknown future based upon his gracious care in the past? Recalling all that God has delivered us from and brought us through sets the tone for our hope for his provision today and in the days to come.
As we search for the right person to come and oversee our worship ministry, please join the search team in asking, seeking, and knocking because the Father loves to give good gifts to his children!
Grace and peace,