BY PAUL KUZMA
director of the Center for Spiritual Renewal East in
“Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
When I came into my current ministry role as director of Foursquare’s Center for Spiritual Renewal East, the Lord laid a vision on my heart: I have a dream of a ministry culture where “Help!” no longer feels like a “four letter word” for Foursquare pastors. In Isaiah 41 the word “help” is used four times. Three of those times refer to God helping us (vv. 10,13,14). One of those times refers to people helping people (v. 6). My predecessor, Chuck Shoemake, has been a mentor and spiritual father to me for many decades. Chuck worked tirelessly to help our pastors find the help they needed. With the deeply appreciated support of our Foursquare leadership, Robby Booth (director of Foursquare’s Center for Spiritual Renewal—West in California) and I do the same. It’s the Lord’s heart that for those of us crying out to Him, “Help!” would become a regular part of our vocabulary. Adding this word to our prayer lives regularly is essential to emotionally healthy discipleship.
PRAYER + REFLECTION
Take a moment right now to quiet your soul in stillness and silence to consider one area of your life where you need help.
As you think of that one area, simply speak the word “help” to Jesus.
Free yourself of the temptation to add to that word, and let the Holy Spirit make you aware of His growing presence inside you.
COMMUNITY PARTNERS // INTERVARSITY AND YOUNG LIFE
We have the privilege of partnering with both InterVarsity and Young Life. Young Life is led by Joel Heslop and is currently in Shepherd University, Wildwood Middle, and Harpers Ferry Middle. Joel and their team’s goal is to help students get connected to Jesus, one another, and the local church. Jesse and Beth serve as state directors for InterVarsity based out of West Virginia University. They are on a number of campuses in the great state of WV including Shepherd.
PRAYER + REFLECTION
Pray for the volunteer teams and donations for Young Life and continued favor to open more schools.
Pray for leaders, support, and donations for InterVaristy, as well favor to open a Club in every college in West Virginia.
Pray for Joel (Young Life) and Jesse and Beth (InterVarsity), that God would continue to give them wisdom, vision, and ability to carry out the Kingdom Assignment in their lives.