If God is for us, who can be against us? And conversely, if God is against us, who can be for us?
When a problem comes up, do you pick up the phone first and call the experts, or do you pray?
When you’re making a decision, do you list the pros and cons first, or do you pray?
When you’re having a meeting, do you just have it, or do you pray first and throughout that meeting?
Let me tell you a story of a time when we dramatically saw God work after we prayed.
Our school, Trace Academy, rents space from my church. At the beginning of this school year, our facility underwent a fire inspection. This is a regular occurrence. When I was the one in charge of the facility, I had the same inspector every year and we never had any problems. This year, a different inspector came. And apparently, this inspector thought very highly of her authority. She gave the usual laundry list of things to move, fix or improve for fire safety, but then she fixated on the fact that we had four or five preschoolers being cared for in the nursery while their moms were working on campus.
What she determined could have shut us down.
So after panicking for a few moments, we were called to pray. I specifically prayed that God would either change this woman’s heart, or that He would remove her from her position.
Long story short, several weeks later–we had a 30-day deadline–the person now responsible for the facility for our school tried to call this inspector. Time after time she was unable to get in touch with her. Finally, someone else in the fire inspector’s office told us that she was no longer with the department. (!)
Is that a God story or what? They sent a new inspector who gave us a clean bill of health, and we were able to continue business as usual, only with a more clear sense that God is on our side, and that we are doing what He wants us to do. I believe as a direct result of prayer, that fire that could have devastated us was extinguished.
Honestly, no authority on earth could have shut us down if God wanted us to keep going. We believe what we’re doing is from Him, and a power-hungry bureaucrat is not going to be able to shut that down.
David and Goliath
Paul and the Roman guards
Jesus and the grave
What God wants to accomplish and whomever He wants to use can never be defeated.
Thankful today for:
94. the sound of someone else doing the vacuuming
95. date night with my younger boy