11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Ministry of Leadership and Communications
Every year at this time the Prayer Examiner does a study of verse that will be the verse of the year. One that will be the “sign-post” that will be the verse that in work, at home and in community will be the one to live by. Last year it was based on “foundations” “For Abraham was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God…” Hebrews 11:10. In 2012 the goal was to set foundations. From Evangelism and the work of the church there were articles, interviews, studies, and community building that were foundations of God’s message; building relationships in our communities through outreach, which we call mission; and then the foundation of praise and worship music. That foundation allowed for a new Blog site which is called Digital Hymnal.
Time is a foundation-2010
Another verse is from Ecclesiastes 3:1. “There is a time for every purpose under heaven.” For those who had a cornerstone verse that reflected “a time to mourn a time build, to reap, to be born, to die,” 2012 had many of the moments that time would be reflected in the events we went through in our communities. Our verse at The Ministry of Leadership and Communication was Ecclesiastes 3:1. The best thing about cornerstone verses for builders and innovators, leaders and ministers is that the verses remain as part of that character building. While this verse was our cornerstone verse in 2010, we prayed it during the fires in Colorado and California, the storms in New York and New Jersey; we mourned the school children in Newtown and in everything we can find “a purpose under heaven.”
God’s plan -2011
“God has planned something better for us so that only together with us they be made perfect.” Plans on their own and our own are man made. When God brings His plans together in us and we choose His way do the plans bear fruit. This is a foundation of servant leadership. When we ask people to become guides with us to help people with special needs, we look to God’s plan as the author of Hebrews 11:40 describes.
The elements of setting a foundation of prayer is time, planning and laying down foundations and then as that concrete is poured the conditions need to be right and the mix needs to be a measured amount. What is our daily balance? Does our prayer get discussed with the Master? Or do we pray to the wind, or play in the mud? In 2013 we will continue to try to put the right mix together by asking the right questions. After coming off an Advent season a study that we decided to work on is an all out study of the elements of preparing for living everyday as it is our last. What would you want to say to your family, friends, community and co-workers? How would you want to live your life?
Buckets of prayer in the plans
This isn’t a bucket list or a timeline, this is more of a “finishing well” daily exercise. That is where we get our marching orders. We mix time, we ask the master about our plan and His plan, and we begin to lay down the foundations as the conditions are right. This takes study, relationship building and outreach. Then we take the elements of preparation for His coming by studying the passages of hope; peace, love and joy. We apply this to our messages, our mission, and our music. How can we spread the news? Where is our mission? What are the songs that we can encourage people to sing along? These are the breakthrough questions we will ask as evangelists; to our friends and families with special needs; to the media that feeds the culture; we will ask these questions to God and include His plan together in ours, and we build and rebuild our burnt-out and flooded communities. The great architect Louis Sullivan told a press corps in Chicago “God is in the plans.”
Prayer Examiner Cornerstone Verse 2013
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
A natural progression to pray for the hope, a plan for a peace that surpasses our understanding, to pray that we would all begin to love God with all our heart, soul and mind and to love one another as we would want to be loved. This leads to a joy of beginning to live God’s plan, and we would prosper, “not prosperity gospel” stuff we hear so much about. But when God provides and we are part of the mix in His plan, we have life! We have hope and an everlasting life- talk about future!
Dear reader, listener or viewer,
Every column, interview and report will have this as a cornerstone in 2013. This goes for evangelism, special needs ministry, media and culture, prayer, and community building on the Front Range and beyond. Thanks for a great year and please remember that we read all your prayer requests at email@example.com. Happy New Year!