Recently while in prayer with our Apostolic Hub – online prayer group, someone saw a vision of a little boat with about ten people, and this big tanker needed our help to get going. Whether it is a mission trip to support a new work, or a church planting connection trip to a faraway country, or a member with a personal problem, it can be daunting for those of us who like to get things done by our own strength.
One of the intercessors said, “When we think of it, we feel so small and insignificant.”
That’s true. We are small. But let’s look at it from a scientific point of view. I found through research that even a small twenty-ton tug can easily tow a large tanker. However, it may happen at a very slow pace. The tugs have one job. They must churn enough water to create thrust which moves a ship. Anchored ships are easily moved by sea waves; tugs are way more powerful than that. When a ship is anchored, normally it moves in a circle because of the waves, instead of staying put in one place.
Sometimes when we have prayed for months about something and the ship seems to be going around in circles, we can feel helpless like the one member said. But guess what? All that little tug must do is break the inertia of the vessel and start a movement. Once this starts, it’s an easy job from there.
So, we begin the journey with prayer by different members listening to the Holy Spirit speak. This breaks the inertia of that stagnate “ship,” sitting there with its loads of potential. Then we use the Word of God spoken over the issue, giving it another tug pull. And as we ten or seven people keep pulling, keep tugging, the ship goes underway!
“Bulgaria, here we come. Nearby countries, we’re joining with you, to establish the Kingdom more and more. We’ve studied your history, and we know God’s intent for your people. Uganda, we are bringing the supplies you need—the word of God, wisdom, encouragement, prophecy. You name it, it is on the tanker.”
And we know, as one member pointed out, there is not even a difference in the two parts of the team—the tugboat intercessors or the missionary tanker. They are each as important as the other and play a major role in this harvest.
Steady, steady as we come to a stop. Not too much, not too little. We pray for the proper connections, as any great ship should have. And those of us intercessors back in the States, or Israel, the UK, or Cyprus, sigh with joy. Our ship has come in.
Joyce McLain, author
Aiyana Exceeding Small
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