As Christians we have been given the privilege of Prayer. As summer arrives we will have many opportunities to pray for different programs our church will be involved in. One of these is the mission trips that are occurring. It is important that we commit ourselves to pray daily for the success of the efforts of about 40 members that will be involved. 1 Timothy 2:1-4 instructs us to pray for others. As we pray for God's will to be done, our hearts will unite with those involved in missions as we pray boldly, persistently and with humility. Hebrews 4:16 “To come boldly to the Throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Those going will feel our prayers: 

Pray for safety of travel, protection while they are there, working of the Holy Spirit before and during their work. (Ps 46:1). Pray persistently: Col. 4:2. Set a time aside time every day to pray for the missionaries and our members as they work together to accomplish God's will.

Prayer is one of the most important things we do, Samuel Chadwick a great Christian of yesteryear once said "The one concern of the Devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil and mocks our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” We must trust God, that when He hears our prayers, and He does, we can trust His will to answer them and let us know what his will is.  James 5:16b, “The effective, fervent Prayer of a righteous man, avails much.” (NKJV)

If we are positive in our praying, our approach to the Throne of God with humble and contrite hearts in a spirit of gratitude, He will strengthen us. Jeremiah 33:3, “call unto me and I will answer you, and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” If we pray expecting, God will provide.  Our members will be successful in the mission efforts if we will pray. Will you Commit? 

Ken Couch
Deacon

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