Prayer Update from the Ropers in Germany

Lessons in the Garden – Part 2

Posted: 24 May 2013 12:27 AM PDT

If you have not ready our previous post with this topic, please read that first here.

PREPARATIONAL WORK IS LABOR

As we continue to work in the garden, we have come to realize that we have to take it a day at a time. We literally have to choose one area in the garden and begin to work side by side, slowly going through the soil, digging it up, and begin to take out all of the roots that are within it. This is a lot of work. To be honest, there are times that you simply want to give up because you begin to look around and see how much more really needs to be done. How much easier it would be to simply clear the surface and then plant some new seeds and flowers. And yet, if we really care about our garden, if we really want it to be healthy, then we have to dig deep and spend the time to work in the soil, preparing it for the seed. So what are we learning through this?

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Work being done on the knees

UPROOTING THROUGH PRAYER

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15) John Wesley once said, “Prayer is where the action is.” Prayer is not just something that we do, prayer is something that we are called to. As we consider the city of Hamburg and think upon the amount of people that are here, we quickly realize that we are not able to reach all of them, but one thing that we can do is pray for them. We believe that we serve the Sovereign Lord who is in complete control and is able to do anything and so we lift our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers to Him, for He is able to reach them.

As you can see in the picture, there was a point that I literally got on my knees working through the soil and it was at the moment that the Lord began to work on my heart once again in praying for the people of Hamburg. And so as we engaged in this physical work of digging through the soil, Rebecca and I began to engage in the spiritual battle as well and began to pray for the people of Hamburg. While working through the soil and praying over the people, the Lord began to show us another physical and spiritual truth. In order for things to change in our garden and in this city, there are many things that need to be uprooted. As we worked through the soil, there were all different kinds of roots. Some were small, some were thick, some were interweaved with others, and some were deeply rooted and needed some extra labor. It is not as though this was a completely new lesson, but we are in a new city and so we are seeking to identify what needs to be uprooted in the city of Hamburg.

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Some of the work that we accomplished so far

For those of you who have ever worked in a garden, you know that this will be something that we will constantly be doing. Even though we are going through the soil and seeking to remove these weeds and roots, we know that we cannot get them all. This will be a continuous work, just like prayer. We know that a one-time prayer is not going to take out the deeply rooted sin or tradition in people’s lives. We are going to have to preserver in prayer and be diligent at it. Interested in joining in the work of prayer with us?

As we end this post, we pray that this will encourage you with your current situation as well. Know that God is at work and as you continue to pray, He will continue to work. Do not lose heart. Continue to seek, ask, and knock. Know that He is listening and in His timing He will break through and bring about change. We also ask that you would really begin to engage in prayer for the people of Hamburg. The battle is the Lord’s, but He has called us to engage in this battle via prayer. Please take some time right now to join in with us to pray for the city of Hamburg. Thank you and God bless you!

More lessons to come…

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