Devotional

The Gift of Prayer

It is God’s will that leads us where we go, and pleasing Him is our goal. Nothing can match the power of prayer before an awesome God.  We believe the most important part of our preparation for upcoming ministry in Honduras is prayer.  We are so thankful for our prayer warriors, and we pray for you too.  Prayer not only strengthens our relationship with God, but when we pray with other believers, prayer also strengthens the bonds between fellow Christians.

This week our family received a card from a sweet group of girls in Natchez, MS. How good it is to hear others say, “I am praying for you.”  (To the 5th and 6th grade GA’s at First Baptist Natchez — Thank you all so much!)

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This card once again had me thinking of what an honor it is to pray for one another.  Prayer is such a gift in so many ways.

Often my prayers become too narrow praying only for myself and loved ones.  Other times, my prayers focus on my wants or those who are “really” sick or are in obvious need.  But that makes me think about this Bible verse: “As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you.” (1 Samuel 12:23)  We should pray for everyone: ourselves, family, friends, friends of friends, and even our enemies.

We do not know how much the blessing and saving of others depends upon our praying for them. We may not know the details and specific needs of others, but God knows. It is not that God cannot accomplish things without us, but He has chosen us to often participate in His work through prayer.  It is a way of trusting God; especially when there is no tangible action we can take to help others.

You may wonder why praying for our family, BMDMI and other missionaries is so important to us. God is calling Christians to join His battle plan for this world — to join in intercessory prayer. There is a Bible story of a battle between the Israelites and the Amalekites. On a hilltop, Moses was overlooking the conflict. While he held up his hands Israel prevailed; but when his hands grew weary and sank down, the battle went against Israel. When Moses could no longer hold his hands up on his own, Aaron and Hur lifted up Moses arms and allowed Joshua to win the battle.  Because Moses was willing to obey the Lord, God in turn provided Moses with other believers to help him in his task.  He is not looking for perfect prayer warriors; just willing hearts who want to see His will come to pass on the earth.

You may also wonder why our upcoming ministry and the Honduran people need your prayers.  The Bible says, “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9) As we pray, God expands our hearts so that we have more of His heart. As we pray for missionaries and the countries they serve, we begin to care about people and countries we never cared for before.

As we pray, we become excited as God answers impossible prayers. The enemy will always be looking for ways to attack our family on our way to spread God’s word in the world. Your prayers help protect us and strengthen our family along to the way.  We ask that you consider joining our family in prayer for those we seek to serve in Honduras and our family’s journey to get there. As we pray together, I know we will see miracles that will encourage you in your own walk with the Lord.

Jesus said, “Everyone who asks will receive, everyone who searches will find, and the door will be opened for everyone who knocks.” (Luke 11:10) Those words mean keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking. In God’s time, your persistence in prayer will reap a spiritual harvest not only in your life but to those BMDMI ministers too around the world!  We look forward to sharing the blessing of answered prayers with you along our journey.

To see our specific prayer needs, please see our updated blog at: https://missioni68.wordpress.com/prayer/

Also, our prayer cards are available.  If you would like one, please contact us.

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