“How will I know this?”

That is what an old man said when told by an angel that his wife of advanced years would bare him a son. Not Abraham this time. We are talking Zachariah, the priest, John the Baptist’s dad. Here he is, chosen by lot, to burn incense on God’s alter and the angel of the Lord appears. I don’t know about you, but if an angel appeared while I was praying, and told me impossible stuff, I wonder if I would ask for more proof.

Faith is stretched when faced with the seemingly impossible. A 73 year old man who twice failed Spanish in high school has said he would learn Urdu. Spoken out of the frustration of not being able to communicate one on one with all of the Pakistanis I met, I said “I would learn Urdu.”

Faith and a stretcher.

Not the ambulance kind, the circumstance kind that stretches your faith in God’s ability. He gave me the desire as I looked into the faces of those seeking the blessing of prayer. How I wanted to encourage them with God’s words. Each of them.

There is so much they need to hear. Words that free them from their religious superstitions and direct them away from any mediator except Christ. That they would all know His love to be greater than their sufferings is my desire.


I saw how easy it became for sinful men to pray upon the ignorance of souls who cry for mercy. Souls that are kept in the dark relying on priests or ministers to save them. Wolves among the sheep should not surprise us. It seems like a reasonable place to be if your a wolf. Thank God for the members of Grace Believers Society who are preaching and teaching the word of God.

Jesus came to set the captive free, and it is a beautiful thing when you get to do as He did. How wonderful to be given the opportunity to voice His words. “Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2)

May my desire be God’s will as my faith is stretched some more as I begin singing the first seven letters of the Urdu alphabet. Alif alif mada aa, bay pay tay tday. Say!

Lord bless your day.