Dear Windermere Friends,
I am spending time this week praying about our upcoming Ambassador’s Meeting. We invite the friends of Windermere to come and fellowship, learn about our ministry and probably most importantly pray for Windermere. At the Ambassador’s Meeting April 8-9, 2016, we will participate in ‘prayer walking’.
Prayer is vital to Windermere. When it comes to prayer, I sense there are three kinds of people.
- People who insist that prayer cannot do anything.
These people say – this is God’s world and His Will is bound to be done no matter what we say or do. It is like they see the world as a traffic light. Its changes are planned and timed. The driver’s desire has no influence.
- People who insist that prayer can do everything.
These people say – nothing is beyond the power of prayer. Behind every bad situation is the Creator who has power over the laws. Yet, prayer is not some kind of magic formula. God is not a divine vending machine where we put in a dollar and we get a candy bar!
- People who insist that prayer does make a difference.The mature Christian approach is in between the two. This view takes seriously the Biblical views of prayer while at the same time rejects the idea that God can be manipulated. Prayer is not an attempt to force God to do our will; instead it is an effort to be open to His will for us! Prayer is not our effort to change the will of God; rather it is our effort to promote it. Prayer makes a difference when our “want to” becomes the same as His will.
In 2016 Windermere will have visitors who be staying 61,689 nights (as of April 29, 2016). We get a chance to pray for lives to be changed, God to warm hearts and heal troubled souls.
Here is one of my favorite quotes from Henry Blackaby, the author of Experiencing God:
“Jesus was the Son of God. Yet He never took the initiative to dream a dream or launch a new ministry. He lived His life in absolute dependence upon His Father. If Jesus was that dependent on the Father, then you and I should realize how ludicrous it is for us to set out on our own without any direction or guidance from the Father.”
John W. Bailey
Office 573-346-5200 Ext. 2611