Love for the Sea

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Out of our own zeal we could build a 24-7 prayer room. We could try to at least. Call it a house of prayer. But. Is that what was in Jesus's heart when He turned over the tables in the temple and said "My Father's house shall be called a house of prayer for all people"? What was burning in His heart when He said "My Father's House"? What did He see and long for?

That's what we want. Not our own ideas. Not our way. What was and is in His heart?

We could easily build a ship. Others have done it. We could follow their plan and model. But the Spirit is leading us to something more, something not built by human hands.

Today as I was praying the Spirit led me to Psalm 42.

"As a deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When will I come and see the face of God? My tears have been my food day and night, While they say to me all day long, "Where is your God?"

May this house of prayer be built upon longing and desperation for the presence of God. A love for the endless immensity of our Father. We will have no trouble building a ship after that.

— AH


Jon Lawler