February 3, 2021
Rachel and I would like to express our thanks for your support in prayer for our prodigals and for revival. Being attentive and sensitive to God’s presence in our life will enable us to continue in prayer for one another. “Be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” (Eph. 6:18 NIV).
Being attentive and sensitive to God’s presence in our life will also enable us to make the best personal decisions on a daily basis. The story of Paul as he moves across Europe on his second missionary tour is both intriguing and enlightening. Acts 16:6-10 explains:
Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas. That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us!" So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.
These pioneer preachers were planning to take the gospel to the northern region of Bithynia (northern Turkey), and the Spirit of God led them further west to Troas, and from there on to the city of Philippi in Macedonia (Greece). We may never know the full reason why, but we do know that God had big plans for the Roman colony of Philippi. People were saved by God’s grace and a church was planted to the glory of God. (Read Acts 16, and book of Philippians for further details.)
The story which is often called, “The Macedonian Call,” reminds us that God has specific plans for our lives and we need to be aware of His prompting. As you read His Word and as you pray and seek out His desires for your day, ask Him to lead you to the person or persons who need you to speak into their lives. God will direct your path if you are open to His voice.
Love in Christ,
Bryan and Rachel