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2009 fdsummit 017“Bring to me what You have spoken of me.”

Genesis 18:19 19 For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him.”

“Bring to me, God, what you have spoken of me.” That is my prayer. I want what Abraham had. Every day for a week, I have prayed it all day long. In the night, I wake praying that prayer. In just a few days, we launch a major initiative for Fathers and Leaders. It will take enormous time, talent, and finances. Anything worth doing will meet resistance on all fronts.

This New Year, as I consider next steps, my heart turns toward my physical and spiritual and relational children. All are important. As a Dad, the children of my wife, Dian, and I are precious. They count a lot in my thinking and praying. As a pastor of some 30 years in the same metro and now assisting in Mexico and across the United States, spiritual children who look to me for guidance and leadership are priceless. As a businessman and manager and community participant, those that look to me for direction are powerfully on my mind. As a personal mentor of men, those that look to me are present in my thoughts. In all of these ways people have been impacted and had direction pushed into their lives through example.

“Bring to me, God, what you have spoken of me.”

Abraham was a commander of lives.  Command pushes.  Command influences.  Command is generally not gentle.  In Genesis 18:19, God tells us that Abraham received so that he could ‘command’ into the lives of his children and his grandchildren and his community.  He was to command righteousness and justice.  He was to command the way of the Lord.  God gave to Abraham what He had spoken of him because He could trust him to live the message into the lives of others.  Abraham was a generational influencer.  God gave him much because of that.

“Bring to me, God, what you have spoken of me.”

Abraham was a harvester of lives.  What he commanded into others brought back to him the promised blessing. Through Isaac and his sons, Jacob and Esau, nations were born.  Through Ishmael and his sons came nations.  Entire people groups were birthed out of Abrahams fathering.  He was known among the peoples of the area and respected and followed as an example.  Not many dared mess with Abraham.

“Bring to me, God, what you have spoken of me.”

Boy, I sure don’t measure up to Abraham.  On the other hand, I need to.  Every father does.  Every businessperson does. Every pastor does.  Every community leader does.  We need to measure up.  Our stature needs to go up not down.  The world is a downward measuring stick.  Someone like Abraham is an upward measuring stick.  We need to measure up.  Our lives should flow over into others that they would change.  Our lives should change our world not just bounce off it.

“Bring to me, God, what you have spoken of me.”

Daily thankfulness for all God has done impresses on me.  There is a reason for His bringing to me what He has promised of me.  There need to be bridges into the lives of others over which the blessing is carried in the ways of God, righteousness, and justice.  Those bridges are built on trust and honesty and walking in the ways of the God of righteousness and justice.  I am thankful and I am sober.

“Bring to me, God, what you have spoken of me.”

 The prayer is dangerous.  You are accountable to do something with what He brings.  This journey is not just about hoarding.  It surely is not about living with the world’s definition of humility.  Humility is power and presence under control and right realization that God is in control not us.  Great humility is only displayed when we have great resource.

“Bring to me, God, what you have spoken of me.”

 Prayer is meant to change us.  This one will change you from the inside out.  Are you prepared to handle God delivering everything He has spoken of you in His word?  Get prepared.  Focus on being prepared.  Quit pretending in faith and make living God’s way in righteousness and justice a priority.  Make sure your life is adequate and your bridges are in place.  Then pray that prayer in faith believing.  Your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, congregants, and others are depending on you doing just that.  Your Father is depending on you doing just that.  He is ready.  There is much for which to be thankful.  There is much more He would like to perform even as He has spoken of you.

“Bring to me, God, what you have spoken of me.”

Have a great New Year in 2013.  Remember what God has done for you.  Expect more.  Remember that what He has done for you He did so that you could pass it on.  Have a great New Year for a couple of weeks.  Have a great New Year every day of your life and the days of the lives of those who follow you.  New Year is a heritage.  Pass it on in prayer.


1 Comment

  1. Phil Larson says:

    Reblogged this on SOLUM Community Transformation Initiative and commented:

    Good words from Jan 3 years ago. They still count.

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