Rock Standing Fall 2022

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself” Matthew 6:33-34

Sometimes random words from scripture enter my daily journey with the Lord. As I was preparing to write this note to all of you, I was concerned about a few worldly things going on in my life and the words “do not be anxious” came to mind. I know these words well and often reference them in my prayers. I often pray from Philippians 4:6 which has these words, but I was reminded in my search for these words that it is also referenced in Matthew 6. I was comforted by the passage from Matthew, and the entire chapter 6 from Matthew warmed my heart. This chapter includes Jesus’ instruction about prayer. The Lord’s Prayer. This, for a few years now, has become a daily habit for me and God directed me to the best place to ease my anxious mind and remind me of the solace I fi nd in his word, through prayer. This series of thoughts and connections was God directing me to a special place in the scripture as an answered prayer.

Most of us, I think, struggle with worry from time-to-time and we have become so good at worrying that our minds and our hearts need scripture study and prayer as a place of relief. God is so direct in Matthew 6:33, “seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness”, and then whatever you are concerned about will be removed by the grace of the cross of Christ. My friends, H.I.M. is inundated every day with needs from around the world. Requests for medical help, feeding programs, disaster relief, ministry support and human capital. This is the role we play in partnership with global pastors who will share with us their most intense needs and hopes. At H.I.M. we share burdens across the planet with those who need sustenance to survive. Will you be an answer to an impoverished mother’s prayer for her children? I pray for that. To God Be the Glory.