"OH, that Thou wouldst rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at Thy presence." (Isaiah 64:1)
"I permitted Myself to be sought by those who did not ask for Me; I permitted Myself to be found by those who did not seek Me. I said, 'Here am I, here am I,' to a nation which did not call on My name." (Isaiah 65:1)
The drawing near of God, in a manifest way, always comes upon two groups of people. One group is the "OH" group. The other group is the "Non-OH" group. In Isaiah 64:1, Isaiah is begging for the nearness of God in a manifest way. He is part of the "OH" group. His vocabulary takes a back seat to his heart's passion. He wants God to draw near! Instead of eloquence, he retreats (or ascends!) to passionate pleading! Isaiah is longing for God to express the reality of His nearness by causing the mountains (sin) to quake! God answered his prayer! Isaiah 65 opens with the God of the universe "permitting Himself to be found" which means He drew near!
The catch is that God "permitted" Himself to be found by a multitude of people who were not even looking for hIm,
(65:1) much less crying out in desperate desire with an "OH" to God. Therein lies the beauty! This is exactly the type of prayers we are praying, and call you to pray with us, for this new church plant!
Yes, there are dozens of people praying for God to use us, for the lost to be saved, for missionaries to be sent out, for new churches to emerge...but those who will be affected by God through this new church don't have a clue. Apart from those who are already believers that the Lord will send to be part of this new plant, many of the ones who will be touched by it are probably coasting through life with little thought of God. Until...God shows up in answer to our prayers! There will be a day, Lord willing, when we can sing the song of Isaiah and say, "God has answered our prayers! God has ripped open the heavens and manifest His presence among us! God is permitting people to seek Him who we previously indifferent to Him!"
This, we invite you to pray with us!
Jordan, Nathan, Bryan