Prayer and Planning

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream” (CS Lewis)

This Saturday (9am -12pm) our Ministry Teams will gather to focus on the future, dream together, pray together, strategize together, and develop their plans for the next 12 months. Everyone is welcome!

One of the great Scriptural examples of planning comes from the book of Nehemiah.  

God’s people had been taken away into exile.  The Babylonian captors had given way to the Persian Empire.  In exile, Nehemiah had heard the report: “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace.  The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire” (Neh 1:3). The city of Jerusalem laid in ruins. The wall of Jerusalem was in shambles!  

When Nehemiah, the cupbearer to the Persian King Artexerxes I, heard this report, he prayed.  After his prayer, he was providentially authorized to return to Jerusalem, serve as its governor, and rebuild the wall.  

He cared deeply for the city of God’s people.  He had a vision of what the wall would be. He assessed the damage. He secured the resources. He established leaders and distributed the assignments among them.  The goal necessitated a plan.

Nehemiah’s plans came from a love and devotion for God and for His purposes.  He took that love and devotion into prayer and then into intentional planning for the future.  As we gather this weekend, let’s take our love and devotion for God, His people, and His purposes into prayer and into planning.