I am at a friend’s cabin today on the Fox Lake in Wisconsin. He offered it to me for a few days as I am on vacation attempting something that I have never tried before. I am starting to write a book…on prayer.
It was over a year ago that I felt the Lord leading me in this endeavor, and I hope I heard right. Unless it’s straight from the Bible, I’m usually not one to say, “God said to me…” but sometimes the sense is stronger than others. This communication seemed pretty strong.
So I spent a year – maybe too long – musing and trying to decide how to do this. Tim Challies, a popular blogger and Christian book reviewer said that he gets more new books sent to him on prayer than any other topic, so maybe this is crazy. But, then again, I think I may have a unique way of approaching the topic. I always said that I wouldn’t write a book unless I had something to say, and I guess I began to feel that I had something to say about it, at least in a certain way, so here goes.
This brings me to my request. It’s obvious to me that a thoughtful book on prayer needs a prayer team behind it, and I’m wondering if you would consider being on that team. I realize that I may be speaking to an empty internet because I have taken a month and a half off of blogging, but if you are still out there, and interested in praying for this book, then let me fill you in:
I’m hoping to raise up a team of 50 – 100 people who would pray daily for this project. By praying daily, I’m asking you to simply “mention” it to the Lord ala 1 Thessalonians 1:2. My desire is to finish by December, although maybe I’m overly confident. If you would like to be on the team, then I would ask you to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or I suppose you could comment on the blog and leave your email. I’ll be forming a prayer team email group and will send you a weekly email to remind you to pray and fill you in on how it’s going.
Even if you are not led to join my team, would you pray at least one time that God would use this book to do something wonderful in His Kingdom. Here’s a prayer of Paul’s that has meant something to me as I have begun this journey:
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 (NIV)