““Now, O LORD, let the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as You have spoken. Let Your name be established and magnified forever, saying, ‘The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel; and the house of David Your servant is established before You.’ For You, O my God, have revealed to Your servant that You will build for him a house; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray before You. Now, O LORD, You are God, and have promised this good thing to Your servant. And now it has pleased You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You; for You, O LORD, have blessed, and it is blessed forever.””
1 Chronicles 17:23-27 NASB
I had great plans. Ten years ago I began to make plans for how I could serve the Lord. God had been more than good to me and it was my hearts desire to serve Him and turn my life over completely for that service. I didn’t know what I was going to do, but I had a burning desire. I wanted to have an impact for the Gospel. I started making plans: trying to get my finances in order, work on some of the health issues, grow more spiritually.
I was like David, a man after God’s own heart, desiring to give my Lord a house. To leave a legacy of service. Then the bottom fell out. Health declined, work became impossible and I felt like God was putting me on a shelf. In the darkness of that moment, I began to cry out to God. Through His guidance, I became an intercessor. The desires I had to honor God my way, were replaced by God’s plan for me. As He did for David, He began to build my house as I sat in a dialysis chair five hours, three days per week for three years.
In the humility of that time, God did all the work, and fostered spiritual growth I could not possibly have attained on my own. He gave me a legacy of prayer. I started small, initially sending a message to my Pastor, Shawn Barr, then I branched out to pray for people I had phone numbers for. I sent messages to encourage them. I personally have always loved being told that someone was praying for me. I moved to Facebook messenger and the ministry began to blossom.
I came to understand that the blessings of God are not for us alone. This morning I wept as I read David’s response to the Lord’s plans. The magnitude of what God was going to do, shook me, as I realized that I am a living legacy of that blessing upon David. We believers are the fulfillment of the house that God would build. He is still building.
You who know the Lord are building a legacy for those who come after you. God is building your house. In light of that, I urge you to pore over the Scriptures, pray without ceasing, and minister to each other with deep and fervent passion. You may be in the situation that am in: there is little I can do physically for the Kingdom, but I am made mighty as I bow in prayer.
Parents, God is building your house. Your desire for God is setting the foundation for those to come after you. Make sure that you provide that framework of prayer, bible reading and fellowship for your children. The evil one has many alternatives just waiting to entice them and draw them away. Become excited that you can go to the God of the Universe. I am thrilled each morning when I get up. I am positively giddy about sitting in my prayer chair and seeing what God has for
me. Let your kids see your joy in the Lord!
Single people, you have a great legacy to offer. You can reach far more people. You do not have the constraints of domesticity to limit what you do. Use that time of singleness to get close to the Savior, to allow Him to build your house. I will never know the impact my tear drenched sessions with Jesus have had in the lives of others. I will never know of all outcomes of countless prayers for people, many of them strangers.
I know that God is building my house. He is building a legacy that will be here after I am gone from this earthly realm. I feel as though God is emptying me out, draining His Holy Spirit investment in my life to plant seeds to someday reap the harvest of so great a salvation.
I had such great visions of reaching many, of standing and delivering the Gospel. Then God decided to do it from the secret place of my living room. Talk about working from home!
Believers! He is building your house. He will use your testimony for His glory. If it be a testimony full of glorious deeds, or endurance through pain, He will use it!
THE PRAYER CHAIR IS OPEN! Send me your requests!