Sunday, October 2, 2011

Please Pray with me

The sunset from last night.
I am currently reading a book called “Experiencing God” (youth edition) by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V.  King. It is a book that my entire home church is doing. I just finished Chapter 1 Day 5, and it has been amazing. This book is different because it is not a self-help book. It allows you to study and understand biblical principles in your life. Not be told what to believe but to figure it out by living with God day by day.
On day 3 the book focused on learning to be a servant of God. It asked some questions that really resonated with me.

  1. What differences will there be between the quality of service and the quantity of lasting results when God is working and when you are working?
  2.  What are you doing in your life personally and in your church that you know cannot be accomplished unless God intervenes?
  3. When we finish a task and feel frustrated that lasting spiritual fruit is not visible, could the reason be we are attempting very little only God can do?

After answering these questions I went out to do my evening feed of the sheep. While I was out there I talked to Nissim, the father of the host family. He told me that soon it will start the green season here on the farm. The rain comes and the fields turn green instead of brown. But he said that the past 3 years it has not rained and there was no green season. It rained a little, but at most it was only 10 mm. The first year with no rain, a lot of the sheep died because they were not used to it. Nissim also had a second business of making hay, but with no rain he had to shut it down.

Who controls the rain? God. Is this something I can create? No. It can only be down if God intervenes. This is exactly what question 2 is asking. Well I guess I am about to do something/ask for something that I cannot personally do. I also invite you to help me. I am going to pray nonstop for rain until it comes and it will come. This has been too long for Nissim to go without rain.

“Lord in front of all the people that read my blog and in front of you I pray in Jesus name that you bring rain. Lord, there are many things that are out of my control and the weather is one of them. So, I pray for rain here in Israel, but specifically on Nissim’s farm. He needs this rain for his livelihood. The sheep need this rain to live. Lord apart from you I can do nothing (John 15:5). So I ask that you let it rain, but not for my glory or Nissim’s glory, but for yours Lord. So that all these people on this blog know that you O Lord, are God. Answer me O Lord. In Jesus name, amen.”


  1. Thanks for reminding me what big faith looks like, Patrick. You have always had it and God has always responded to it because He knows you give Him all of the glory. Get your umbrella out, Patrick! I am guessing you and Nissim will be needing it. Following right along....thanks for the posts.

  2. Ill be praying too Patrick. Right now as i read your blog. Thanks again for the update. it is also good to hear your take on Experiencing God as we go through it too.