September 28, 2016


I took part in the national prayer event for women, Cry Out 2016 simulcast. Thirty of us assembled at my church for the three-hour event and we prayed for the nation, the church, our families and for ourselves as individuals. In small pods of three we shared needs, desires and goals. One segment had us ordaining one another to what we perceived to be our mission. I admit to being a little uncomfortable ordaining someone when I knew so little about them, or their calling. However, my mind was put to rest by the Psalmist, “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psalm 139:15-16 NIV.)

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Steve Corey said...


-----The Lord directed us to pray”…They kingdom come Thy will be done…” in a world of strangers. If we could look within ourselves as deeply as His Spirit searches, we would even change our opinions of our own selves. For each person is made up of more mental parts than we can comprehend more minute than we can detect. Therefore, we are left to live a life of estimates.
-----It then becomes a little less important what someone actually is, and a little more important how we estimate what that person is. One thing which lodged solidly in my thinking from my high school science classes was the fact that any act to measure something changed that something. Maybe the change would be so slight as to be unimportant, but the change would be certain. For example, a thermometer has its own temperature. When it is stuck into a glass of water, its own heat, or lack thereof, disperses into the water and changes the temperature of what it is measuring. People react to the measurements taken of them, also.
-----If all things of us or anything else in this life had to perfectly interlock for relationship to occur, then everything would be chaos. Even measuring one another to find the interlock would ruin the interlock if every minute detail were significant. Nothing would conjoin with anything else to form any structure in our lives. We can not begin to fathom God’s grace and mercy involved in holding together all the errant randomness of which we’re made, blessing our thoughts and emotions towards Him and others in spite of all our errant biases. God takes up many, many times more slack in our righteousness than we actually have going right.
-----So, considering the most literal definition of His kingdom presented, “…righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit…” (Rom 14:17) do we measure one another to find righteousness more than peace? Do we measure mostly to find joy? Since the thermometer we’re going to poke into each other’s hearts will slightly effect each other, should it not be full of the latent heat of peace?
-----By what you described of Cry Out 2016, your thermometer was full of peace. God bless you for that. And God bless all of you women who assembled to pray for our country. We are entering a time which shortly will lead to trials, turbulence, and tribulation which this world has not seen before. No nation or people will be spared from the melting pot God has fired up and waiting for all nations. But the years we have remaining for Christians to gird up their weak knees and begin calling non-believers to open their eyes can be more excruciating, or somewhat less. For several years now I’ve been praying for less. In a way, Cry Out 2016 is even a bit of an answer to my prayers.
-----Regardless of all our intellectual and emotional differences, let us all join hearts and minds in the one aspect of being His kingdom that we have the most ability and opportunity to do -Peace. Let us no longer regard one another from a human point of view (II Cor 5:16,) but let us understand that as new creations, errors mean less than does reconciliation to God and being that way hidden in Him. Then, from trust in Him we can trust also who’s hidden in Him, even though our particular brands of righteousness differ sometimes markedly. Let us all bear in mind that we are men; men are false; God is true (Rom 3:4,) and so keep our thermometers latent with peace.

Love you all,
Steve Corey