Nine out of 10 and the Big Dream


Pastor Mike Hagoski, his son, my son and daughter, in front of the Big Dream. The building’s length is greater than its width.

Here’s the difference that prayer makes: When I first went to work as a missionary in Guatemala, I worked HARD. But nine out of 10 things went wrong; only one went right. I assumed this was the norm for a pioneer work.

After years of toiling thus, God changed the make-up of my day. He got me praying more — more time, greater intensity. I was frustrated with spinning my wheels. I realized that working so much was yielding so little. So I kind of gave up on my workings and asked God to work instead.

The result? Nine out of 10 things worked, only one went wrong.

Then I got my Big Dream — to buy a large church building that also housed the school. That never would have happened under the old scheme of me working — even if I labored intensely for a couple more decades. No, this came about suddenly, powerfully — you could say, effortlessly. Why? Because more effort now went into prayer, less into wearing myself out with human activity.

Don’t get me wrong now. I’m not talking about lazy pastor sipping soda in a hammock. I’m by nature a workaholic, and there was always plenty of work for me to do. I am saying that I wasn’t skimping prayer in favor of a needless workload. Prayer became my priority, not just an accessory to ministry.

So, do you want nine out of 10 successes or failures? Do you want your Big Dream? Then let your knees hit the ground and pray.

10 responses to “Nine out of 10 and the Big Dream

  1. Thank you Pastor, i met you here in Guatemala and had the chance of metting your church as well, i am a witness of the success God gave you and the people that would get to know God through the work you did here

  2. Great post Mike! So true it can be easy to try to do it in our own strength, which is exasperating. When I labor in prayer, I labor far less in life.

  3. Help us Lord to remember we only need your help.

  4. A tremendous truth and something we all need to be reminded of.

  5. It is amazing how much easier life is when we let God do the driving.

  6. My big dream is pursuing gratitude for what I’ve got everyday.

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