Saturday, August 23, 2008

You Help Us by Your Prayers

"On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many" (2 Corinthians 1:10-11).

The unknown heroes of the church are the men, women, and children who devote themselves to prayer. They are the people of faith. They know that they are dependent upon God. Usually we do not know that they are praying, and we do not recognize it when their prayers are answered.

*We see sinners being saved.
*We see the sick being healed.
*We witness the immature developing into godly men and women of wisdom.
*We watch as the former Soviet bloc allows missionaries to reach their people.
*We hear about the explosive growth of independent churches in China.

But we do not see the many devoted disciples of Christ who secretly spend hours each week asking God for his kingdom to come and for his will to be done.

They do not receive praise, but neither do they seek it. They do not appear to accomplish much, but appearances can be deceptive. They are essential to the health and growth of the church of God. If you pray for the kingdom of God, thank you! Your help is indispensable. If you pray for me, a special thank you! Your helpful prayers are greatly appreciated.

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