“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John 15:16
The Lord has been challenging us to take on the faith for a house of prayer, to come into agreement with this dream of the God’s heart and to make it our own. We’ve been putting feet (and tent pegs, camp stove, sleeping bags, cold mornings, and gas in the car) to this, unto the Lord and towards what may be. For seven weeks I’ve been camping among various communities. It’s been interesting to feel the difference from place to place and to get a sense of the different cultures of each region.
It’s not all been dramatic by any means, but it has been solid. I’ve been on eighteen ministry trips prior to this and this camping / road trip / ministry trip has unfolded in the same ways as those other ministry trips. I am reminded that the Lord never wastes our time or orders something without due diligence and certainly takes it all seriously. I’m trying to do the same.
There are 3.5 weeks until the end of September. My time on Vancouver Island will end with my returning ‘home’ to my dad’s place come the beginning of October. I say ‘home’ in quotations because as of October I will officially be homeless. No longer on a ministry trip and no longer with a home to go back to. But, I am again and still casting myself completely on the Lord and we shall see what shall be. All things come about in good order.
For the remainder of September I’m heading to the south end of the island. I’ve not yet camped down that way, not yet perceived anything of the Lord’s direction specifically for those areas. Tapping into the bottom part of the island is a faithfulness to finish off this plan the Lord and I had together.
I am pretty sure I found an ancient well of the Spirit. There is a strong compelling toward that place, and on my last drive-around of the area, the resonance and quickening in my spirit was an aliveness in my entire being that I’ve not previously encountered that same way. I really don’t have words to describe it, beyond that!
So, the thing now is to finish off the ministry trip. Camp and drive, settle a bit within a few areas I’ve not yet been. And then home. To engage a pause. To let the dust settle and for the sensing from place to place to sift out and through. If the community with that strong resonance of a thin spot, an ancient well of the Spirit, and the compelling of the Lord unto that place, is accurate now, it will be accurate in a few months time, six months from now, and a year beyond that.
In all things of the Lord there is a timing that must be paid attention to. It is one of our core values at Capturing Courage, the nimbleness to wait on the Lord and then the ability to ‘G0!’ when God says go. So, we will enter into a pause, give it a bit of time. Resubmit everything back to the Lord. Enter into a deep listening to our Holy Spirit to inform and confirm and instruct and establish the right and true thoughts required for preparations and the establishing of a House of Prayer.
So, back to this verse, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John 15:16
Jesus is declaring that he is the initiator. We live and abide by his wooing of us, winning us over, and calling us forth (to put it into a loose vernacular). Life is an appointment by the Lord most high unto you and I, a participation with life and the ONE who made heaven and earth and in whom a restoration continues, unabated, upon this earth and in our human lives.
To bear fruit. Fruit that lasts, that abides. That keeps bearing fruit that then keeps bearing fruit. This is the sign of a life settled into God. May this be so for us at Capturing Courage International Ministries, and now for Capturing Courage Canada – A House of Prayer.
Simply put, we do not want anything that is not of the Lord. If this thing is our idea we nix it immediately. But so far, it seems to be something of God. Therefore, forward ho on the next weeks. These next days and regions will give further comparison and contrast to what has already been. It’ll be good.
P.S. I’ve been trying to write more about this process and the thinking of a house of prayer. Needing too, to mention this on our other websites. These are a few other posts: What is in Your Hand? , and Multiplication.