|A Powerful Message|
Which leads me to THE PRAYER VIGIL. I've talked about a prayer vigil for several weeks now. Quite frankly, there have been some disappointing times as I've tried to rattle the bushes and make people aware of the need. And then there have been the victorious times where people have offered encouragement or support. Through the highs and lows, I've received an education that helps put frustration into its proper perspective. Have you ever heard the phrase, "I'm a slow learner?" Living proof...I am. Where I'd like everyone to support this vigil or attend, it's just not going to happen. God will direct those that he wants to help in the event's success and those that he wants to show up. No more and no less. I'm only helping deliver that message. So here goes with the details to date.
Location: West Side of the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines, Iowa
Date: May 15th, 2011
Time: 2:00 p.m.
You might be asking yourself, why should this prayer vigil matter to me? Well...it's not just for the safety of our soldiers in their "countdown" days, it's for the deployed families who are struggling with a myriad of emotions. Let me put it way. Last summer when the 2,800 troops deployed there were tears and much more. That lasted for some time. Then a numbness emerged where acceptance of the mission became more real. But now, its back to the emotional stage. Phone calls and door bell rings are taking on a different set of tones. Should I answer that? Does it carry bad news? Let's pray not.
May 15th is also a day where you can individually learn how to pray specifically for our troops....and what to pray for in regards to the end of deployment and family concerns. It's also about taking the messages heard on May 15th and returning to the communities around our state. Some just need direction. I think you'll see that in evidence a week from Sunday.
Next week, I will be placing a link to a 24/7 calendar on the MFV blog where you can register for a one-hour block of time to pray specifically for our troops/families. No matter your situation (short/tall/old/young/disabled) you can pray and hold yourself accountable by reserving a time slot. Our hopes are to extend that through July 4th.....and maybe beyond, if the need is there. Visitors from over 60 countries have come to "My Father's Voice". We want you to pray as well. Your reasons for coming to the blog and praying might be overwhelming in itself.
So you see, the event on the 15th is only one little part of the whole picture. All I know is....the Holy Spirit is moving and he is asking us for PRAYER like we've never seen before. Does Prayer Change Everything? Come next Sunday and find out.