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ROLIM Devotionals

Pray For Them
by: Pastor Shane Torres
date posted: 10/6/2009 3:34:07 AM

Paul told the Christians in Colossi to “pray … that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”

To the Ephesians Paul wrote “Pray… that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.” (Ephesians 6:19)

To the church in Thessalonica, he wrote: “…pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1)

And he said something even more dramatic to the church in Rome: “I urge you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me.” (Romans 15:30)

Paul was a man who believed that prayer had power to change the hearts of men. He believed that prayer would strengthen him and give him inspiration when he needed it most AND (I find this part exciting) Paul believed that through our prayers we can literally join with preachers and youth ministers and missionaries to make them more successful and more effective in bringing lost souls to Christ.

One of the most frustrating things for me (as a Christian) is the fact that here are so many good missions and ministries out there that deserve financial support. BUT I just don’t have enough money to support them all. That frustrates me. Does that ever frustrate you???  I want missionaries and other ministries to succeed. I want them to reach more and more people for Christ. But I can’t possibly help them ALL financially  And occasionally, that puts me on a real guilt trip.

But what Paul is telling us here is this: As important as money is to keeping missionaries on the field, and supplying for their ministries, and keeping food on their tables and clothes on their children….  As important as money is there is a more important thing you can do for them More important than your money are your prayers for those missionaries,  Your prayers for those ministries Your prayers that God would empower them to spread the message of Christ to every corner of influence that they have.

Because, in that single, simple act you have literally joined them in their struggle.

You may not be able to support every ministry financially as much as you’d like … BUT you CAN pray for them

Praying that all of us will never grow weary in praying and doing good things for the Kingdom of God.

In His Service,

Pastor Shane, Sis. Rose and Kayla

 

 

 
 





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