Pray, Pray, Pray!

My husband and I had the opportunity to share a meal with some members of our congregation recently. We had a lovely time, especially when our hostess shared her prayer binder with me. This prayer warrior has been praying with prayer partners every morning for the past 30 years.

Yes, you heard me right. Every morning for the past 3 decades, she has begun every day praying with two friends.

As she shared the scripture prayers that they pray every morning, there were tears as I realized that she prays faithfully for my husband.

This month, Dave and I are celebrating twenty years of ministry together. We have experienced both joys and struggles through the years, but there are a few things that have remained constant; God’s faithfulness, the prayers of his people on our behalf and our desire to serve him. I can only attribute our continued desire for ministry to God’s faithfulness and prayer. There is no other explanation.

Ministry is worth it, but I’m not sure that I can adequately express how painful it has been at times. We have been misunderstood, criticized, judged unfairly, betrayed, and mocked. I wish that I could say that we have always responded well. We haven’t. Especially me. It is one thing to be treated poorly. It’s another when you see the man you love disrespected.

Those are the times when the prayers of others have meant so much. To know that we are faithfully prayed for has meant the difference for us as we serve when it has been extremely difficult to do so.

If you ever wonder if your prayers make a difference, they do.

Therefore, confess your sins to one another [your false steps, your offenses], and pray for one another, that you may be healed and restored. The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]. ~James 5:16, AMP

Celebrating twenty years in ministry!

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