My son is a wonderful man of God. I’m very proud of him. He is 24 years old and lives a couple of thousand miles away from me in Arlington, Texas. He pastors a small group from his church, which is a collection of small groups that meets at various times and places around the Dallas area. He has been volunteering at a prayer room for over a year, often leading worship.
Not long ago he told me that he had realized something. He had always said that he wasn’t called to be a pastor. He had no desire to lead worship. And, he had no real respect for prayer rooms, believing them to be an overly emotional creation. Now he’s a pastor who leads worship at a prayer room.
Don’t get me wrong. God didn’t drag this young man kicking and screaming into this place in his life. God put the desire in his heart to do the things he’s doing. As a matter of fact, he’s now on staff at that prayer room as an intercessory missionary.
Many people are afraid to really submit themselves to God’s will for their lives because they’re afraid He’s going to require that they do something they really don’t want to do. But, as my pastor often says, God’s a gentleman. He knocks. He calls. He asks.
God knows the desires of your heart. If you don’t want to go to Africa, He won’t call you to Africa. Well, at least not right now. However, don’t be surprised if eventually you develop a desire to serve God by serving His people in Africa. After all, God does have a sense of humor.
By the way, if you’d like to know more about the prayer room in which my son, Shawn Bates, serves, visit their website: http://www.theprayerroomdfw.com.