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Not My Will –Friday, March 16th, 2007

“And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, ‘Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will but Yours be done.’ Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him. And being in agony He was praying very fervently; and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.”
~ Luke 22:41-44

Amidst all the planning and preparation for the 40-day tent revival, I still need to maintain my “tent-making” job as an apartment manager and maintenance man. Reality doesn’t stop and the bills still need to be paid. The everyday work must continue. For example, yesterday I was working under a kitchen sink. I was replacing the kitchen faucet because of a leak. This should have been a typical switch-out. Yet for some reason, the lines under the sink were copper and soldered onto the shut-off valves. This makes the transition a bit interesting. Why? Because I have to use the remaining the copper lines and apply them to the new faucet. Not always the easiest thing to do under a cramped little space. And one thing is for sure, it wasn’t what I had in mind. What I wanted to do, was take off the old lines, put on new “flex” lines, and then the job is done, quick, and successful. Well, that didn’t happen. It took me longer than expected. It was harder than planned. And as I was lifting up the basin wrench, it hit me. Not literally, but it made me think about the 40-day tent revival and how it could possibly be just like this kitchen faucet.

The revival might not take on the picture-perfect form that I have in mind. The tent-meetings might be completely different than what we have scheduled. And you know what, that is completely fine by me. I have come to the prayerful conclusion, as Christ said before His death, that it is “not my will but Yours be done.” The pursuit of revival could be a difficult process. It could take a while for some to understand what we are calling for. But I believe this is what the Lord wants me to be pursuing. Even if it doesn’t go the way I would like, I need to trust the Lord is in control. He knows what He is doing.

When I grow tired, and frustrated; when I face adversaries, and am confronted by skeptics, I know the Lord will provide strength I need for that very moment. He might not remove the obstacles, but through the power of prayer, He will provide the guidance and direction in the midst of them. And just like the newly-replaced kitchen faucet, the revival in Dallas will take shape. It might take an extra amount of effort. Yet, we can know, without a shadow of doubt that we are walking in will of God. Therefore, let us unite as one body, and pray that the “church” of Dallas maintains this perspective of “not my will but God’s.” If we begin to grasp this absolute truth, then I firmly believe we will begin to feel the presence of the Lord on a daily basis.
- klm
" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan