I love Fort Dodge, Iowa. Being about as large as a community can be and still be considered a “small town” (it’s between 25,000 – 26,000 in population), it is large enough to have many and varied opportunities for things to do, yet small enough that you’re bound to run across people you know, and know you, when you are out in the community, like going grocery shopping. Even though we’ve only been in town for six years, my kids say my wife is somehow connected to half the town and I am to the other half, because of the many and varied connections and networks each of us has.
But Fort Dodge has its share of problems and issues. It’s not unique in that regard. Over the past weeks, I have often thought about our community. If God lived in physical form in the 50501 zip code, what kingdom quality would He first seek to impact? What character issue, for any trait of our community that does not fall in line with kingdom traits is an issue, would He first seek to transform?
It is in meditation upon those two questions where direction from God through His Spirit will come for 2016. And that’s why I will be calling the community of First Baptist of Fort Dodge to corporate prayer for the first quarter of 2016. We need to come together as a corporate body to first seek what God’s will is for us and then begin uniformly and fervently praying that very prayer.
I will not presume what that will be nor how it looks. I have learned that when I do that, I often miss out on what God truly wants to do. I do not want that to happen. So, we will listen first and then bring together what we hear from the Spirit and coalesce that into a prayer because we believe it is what God desires and wills for us to do in 2016.
And then we will pray that very prayer until God tells us to stop. Until He does so, we will pray believing, being single-minded for, as Jesus says in Matthew 21:22, “And all that you ask in prayer believing, you will receive.” And when we pray God’s will because He has revealed it to us by His Spirit, that’s when we truly believe what we are praying and, as 1 John 5:14-15 says, we can have confidence that He hears us (because we are praying His will) and, if we know He hears us, we also know that we will have the requests which we ask of Him.