As our family is traveling through the great cities of Europe, we can’t help but noticing the wonderfully overwhelming celebration of Christmas! This celebration is so complete; there are decorations literally on everything from the biggest shopping mall to the smallest mom and pop store. At the same time, it makes strong declarations to the foundational rock on Christ Jesus, that Europe has sustained for over 2000 years.
Nearly two years ago the Lord gave me the instruction in a vision ~ of the earth being covered with the love of God. He told me, through the Prophet Timothy Snodgrass, “Do not pray about your own situation, but instead pray for America and God’s concern for the world.” I am sure that those of you who are leaders understand my “situation” includes strong ties to the city of San Francisco, and how hard this has been for me to pray for the world ~ while every day I just want to intercede for our beautiful city of San Francisco.
But I know I can’t. Another reason is that, “no flesh (Richard’s ego) should ever glory in His presence”. Especially this week, with the news of our city constantly all over Europe, I realize God‘s instructions are made clear in the third and fourth chapters of Hebrews, when He tells us to rest in Him and not to be like Israel in the provocation in the wilderness.
I have seen such a strong foundation in Jesus throughout Europe. Even though national leaders and the news media present a vision of Europe as being godless, I see the strong and immovable foundations of this continent are extremely firm in their belief and trust in Jesus Christ.
Suddenly it hit me. That’s what God is causing to happen in San Francisco! All of you are His strong foundation. You are “Peter the Rock” that He will build His church on. You who are praying daily are the strong foundation that will make San Francisco a strong Renaissance city. Remember, the word renaissance means: 1. a renewal of life, vigor, interest; 2. rebirth; 3. revival. Another dictionary put it this way: for all of society to be born again.