Ever felt like you were just hanging on by a thread? When I've felt like that I've often wondered if the thread was someone praying for me!
Too often overlooked or underemployed, prayer is often the lifeline we can offer someone in need! I have found our staff is unified, carried, encouraged in our times of prayer together. Shaun and I know that those "supporters" who pray for us regularly are the muscle that allow us to keep on keeping on! As a ministry, we each realize that those who pray for us are fighting the spiritual battles that allow us to be an effective tool for God's kingdom!
I've been having a nudging toward the pursuit of a deeper prayer life in my heart lately! It takes work, battling in prayer, staying focused, carving out the time…at least in my experience…but I do believe that the benefits always outweigh anything that might feel like great effort!
A couple encouragements along those lines (both for me and anyone happening upon this space today!)
The LORD is far from the wicked but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (Prov 15:19)
But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. (Lk 5:16)
The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers
and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him
from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. (Heb 5:7)