A challenging story from a wonderful speaker brings today’s word-of-the-week…
Mark Batterson, best-selling author and pastor at National Community Church in Washington D.C. was guest speaker at our church this weekend. He talked about prayer. He asked, “If you’re praying for something, do you trust God to answer or are you waiting for Him to make the first move?”
He told a story. A new campus location was about to open, and they needed a drummer. So everyone prayed, but no drummer appeared. They began to wonder if perhaps this location wasn’t meant to have a worship band.
Then someone observed that the campus didn’t own a drum set. Another person asked, “Why buy drums before we have a drummer?”
Mark said at that point he suggested a different perspective. “We’re asking God for a drummer. Perhaps we need the courage, or the faith, to step out and buy a drum set and trust Him do what He chooses with it.”
The worship leaders were waiting for God to make the first move.
How often do we do that? How often do we essentially offer God a deal: we’ll be happy to step forward as soon as you (God) do your part.
It’s called faith because I don’t get to know step #2 before I take step #1.
Go ahead and pray for just the right drummer. But buy the drums.
It’s Monday! What’s the first step you need to take while you pray?
Have a great week!