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We live in a world, nation, and culture that is divided, and this moral divide seems to be increasing at an increasing rate. One such division is around the homosexuality issue. There is a large spectrum of belief and positions held with one extreme occupied by the gay activists that protest, publicly criticize the church and blaspheme God. Beyond asking for tolerance of the homosexual lifestyle they rather demand a whole-hearted endorsement that never seems to be enough to satisfy them.
I was reminded of a story I read some time ago about the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, the famous Reformer whose preaching brought truth, mercy, and joy to the city of Geneva.
Anybody that God choses to use to carry out His miraculous mission must take risks and act out of the voice of the Spirit that calls from within the soul. This is the reason that Peter could step out of the boat that was battling fierce winds and waves. The other disciples were terrified to see Jesus walking on the water toward them. The disciples failed to remember that Jesus is never distant and removed from our lives.
Like the prodigal son, my mind wanders recklessly into a far country when I pray. In moments of solitude when I am just getting close to God, my brain shifts into gear and speeds off down the freeway.
God has allowed me to pray in some unusual places and with some wonderfully interesting and lovely people, but I don’t know that I had ever seen mouths drop open in shock during a time of prayer until I told someone that I could not pray for their request. We were trying to share Christ and our prayer needs with each other, so I know that I seemed to be out of line.