Nine days ago (Sunday June 13, 2010), my wife and I sensed the Holy Spirit impressing upon our hearts to pray big. This sense was to pray specifically for God to provide for our student loan debt by the end of this year (2010), so that we would enter into 2011 not tied down to student loan debt.
We strongly believe we are called to preach the gospel to all nations. In fact, every single Christian is called to that very purpose (Matthew 28:18-20). For us, we believe that our role in bringing glory to Christ through completing His Great Commission is to go overseas as cross-cultural missionaries to unreached people groups.
As we look at our budget and student loan spreadsheets, this is something that will be impossible for us to do through natural processes (such as making payments based out of our current salaries and expense budget). One of the things we’re trying to do is to learn from lessons the Lord has taught us through other times He has provided and worked in a way that was clearly supernatural.
(I want to define “natural” and “supernatural” in the sense that I mean. I think C. John Collins does a great job in his book Science and Faith, so I’m going to copy his definitions.
“Natural: God made the universe from nothing and endowed the things that exist with “natural properties”; He keeps those things in existence, maintaining both the properties and their power to interact with other things, in a web of cause-and-effect.
Supernatural: God is also free to “inject” special operations of His power into this web at any time: for example, He may add objects by creation; He may cause events directly; He may enable something or someone to do what its own natural properties would never have made it able to do; or He may impose organization on some collection of natural objects-whatever suits His purposes.” (Collins, p. 168)
We are thankful for the ways that our Heavenly Father affirms those who pray by faith and trust that the Lord is able to do far more than we can ask or hope or imagine (Ephesians 3). During this time, some encouraging verses we have come across are:
Isaiah 49:23 “…those who wait for Me (God) will not be put to shame.”
Psalm 64:9 “(after God shows Himself mighty) Then all mankind fears; they tell what God has brought about and ponder what He has done.”
It is truly in God that we trust, not in our own decisions or thoughts or the power of our own faith, because our faith is only given power because of the One in whom we have faith, the Almighty God. We are thankful that even when we are faithless, as I’m sure we will be at times throughout the year, yet God remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). We pray that God would help us in our unbelief (Mark 9:24).
We are thankful that God answers prayers that are according to His will. Thanks to the gift of Christ’s righteousness, our prayers have great power (James 5:16).
We pray this for the glory of our Creator and Heavenly Father to the ends of the Earth, through the power of Christ.