Travailing Love

"Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Or shall a nation be brought forth in a moment? For as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children." - Isaiah 66.8

The story is told that a woman went to her pastor with a perplexing problem she was having with her children. "Pastor, my husband and I are good Christians, we are faithful to church, we tithe, we don't live in sin and we love our children very much, but they are rebellious and do not want God. Please tell us, and be honest, we won't be offended, what is the problem?", the pastor responded; "Since you have given me the freedom to be straight with you I will ask you one question. When was the last time your pillow was wet with sleepless tears of prayer for your children?" The woman was taken back; "Never" she said.

That night she began to petition Heaven in prayer alone in her living room after everyone had gone to sleep. Not long after God began to move; as she finished her prayer one night her son came downstairs and asked, "mom, what does it mean to really be saved?" A few days later her other son came to her wanting

..."as soon as Zion travailed she brought forth her children"

Paul travailed until Christ was formed in the Galatians (4.19) and because the Thessalonian church was so dear to him he labored and travailed night and day for them.

Things don't happen hap-hazardly - a nation is not born in a day, a church is not planted without loving travail in prayer and patience of hope.

God impregnates His servants with a heart vision of Christ's thought for people and then we begin to go into labor as a woman does when she is giving birth. There is much pain and effort but the joy of the hope of what will be is incomparable. When the child is born the pain of the birthing is immediately forgotten.

What God puts in the hearts of His servants is unexplainable - unspeakable. If we were to be asked "what will come of your labor?" I don't think we could accurately describe what it will be. We can only say "it'll be as God has said".

When we surrender to Him and His all capturing Cross it leads us to our knees to travail in prayer for what He is travailing for. What is brought forth is much more beautiful than we imagined. It's a Miracle. "Cast not away your confidence, for it has great recompense of reward"

I arrived from Saint Petersburg Russia and from Helsinki Finland on Sunday to Kyiv, Ukraine. Here we have had daily meetings and strategic prayer times for what to do here. We have a team of ten Ukrainians ready to put their hand to the plow.

God loves this nation, we sense a travailing love that is moving us. Please pray for us as we have the privilege to serve the people here with the Gospel of Grace.

Next week on the 29th we have a Ukrainian Leadership seminar in Uzhgorod with a large group
coming from Budapest.

Thank you for being on your knees for us.


Here's a shot a prayer strategy meeting with some of our Kyiv Team.