So you are curious about my thoughts on Matthew 6:34? Please don’t get your hopes up too much.
I asked the Lord what He wanted us to study on Saturday and I believe He led me to Matthew 6. I have been considering verse 34 and the full context from 6:25-34 for a week or so now. The group is led by two wonderful ladies who have been reaching out to adult ladies learning English. One of the leaders started the Wroclaw Language School, Ruth. The other is from the states and served here for many years, Rebecca.
I believe I was led to this passage to focus on the word – worry, or more correctly to encourage the ladies not to worry. Take 10 min. to scan the headlines of nearly any news resource and it is bound to spark anxiety. (This may even be the point from the media source, but that is another issue.) Since God made us, He knows our exact needs and tendencies. I will cut to the chase! Looking to the future with a perspective not from the Lord will lead to destruction. I don’t believe Jesus is telling us never to make future plans, but He is telling us we better “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (v33)”.
So my sole resolution is to “seek …”. I know I will fail regularly, but I will also seek to fight with His strength (Colossians 1:29).
Onto the details for the prayer requests.
I don’t have more I can share about the teacher needing prayer other than she is recovering and we are not sure when she will be back to her normal routine. Pray that she recovers fully and quickly to the Lord’s glory.
The other teachers, including Denise, are doing a great job substituting. Please pray for them as none of them really have extra time each week to prepare and teach extra classes. We have also just learned that a teacher due to return from the states will not be coming back for an additional six months. This was a heavy blow. Denise and two other teachers have been substituting for this teacher’s classes.
Thanks for your prayers for the Bible study tomorrow and the one on Saturday. Pray that the Holy Spirit will not be hindered in any way during each meeting and all preparation.
Sunday night will be our first Prayer & Praise for the International Church this year. We have quite a few prospects, but it has proven difficult to mobilize them. Denise and I are also praying about starting an age graded Sunday School each week, probably starting February. Please pray for wisdom, insight and understanding if this is God’s will.
God is blessing our language studies. Though we did not studies for nearly three weeks, we didn’t loose anything and even seem to be improving more quickly. Our prayers are being answered. Also, we have recently had great spiritual conversations with out tutor. Pray they continue.
Thanks for praying.