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God’s Help or a New Pitcher?
by Rob Inrig
Over the course of the year, it’s common for a pastor to hear various ideas about what people wish to see in the church – what ministries should be engaged, what initiatives should be started, what sermons should be preached.
Without question, this past year has been one of initiation and change. It’s also been a time where God has brought us into a deeper place, sometimes through challenges and loss, sometimes through the exercise of stepping out faith, and sometimes through blessings and joys.
Through it all, this community of faith has loved well, served well, and grown well. Impressive about this is the ongoing heart that looks out from these walls to serve the community with expressions of Christ’s love. More impressive than that, is the growing desire to be a people of prayer who seek God to determine His calling. It is in our seeking of Him that we will be a church where people see us as those who are deeply in love with Jesus and whose lives, messy as they often can be, are being transformed by the power of God’s Spirit.
Speaking of prayer, I love the prayer of 9 year old Loreen who had a suggestion most church growth experts missed,
“Dear Pastor, I think a lot more people would come to your church if you moved it to Disneyland.”
She may have a point, though I am hesitant to let our staff get too much traction with this idea. And then there’s the compelling, prayer request of 10 year old Alexander,
“Dear Pastor, Please say a prayer for our Little League team. We need God's help or a new pitcher.”
Among other things I love about these prayers is that there is nothing too small and nothing too big that we can’t bring to God.
As followers of Jesus, we need reminders that our requests of God aren’t limited by the size of our request, they are limited by our willingness to request. May you and I take a fresh thankful look at what God has been doing and allow that to renew our hearts with faith, joy and risk.