Partnership in Prayer
It's so easy for us to think about prayer as an afterthought. It's the thing we do after we've exhausted all other options. It's the back-up plan. Even as we desire to help others, we sometimes apologize for not being able to "really" help. All we can do is pray.
We have found ourselves here sometimes too. There are a lot of things that need to come together in the next couple of years for us to be in Africa. There are a lot of expenses that sit between us and finally being on the field. And so we tell people about those things and ask for help, but we sometimes forget to ask God.
How ridiculous is that!? Do I really see it as more helpful to ask other people for specific needs than to ask God? Do I believe God really can help?
The God of the universe has offered us access to his throne anytime we want. All the time, in fact! Then Jesus invites us to ask for all that we need, and he desires to give.
"Ask, and it will be given to you...for everyone who asks receives." (Matthew 7:7-8)
"Praying at all times in the Spirit with all prayer and supplication" (Ephesians 6:18)
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." (Philippians 4:6)
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
"Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored" (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
It's tempting for us to believe that money will meet more of our needs than prayer will. I know this because of the way I talk about how people can partner with our Wycliffe ministry. I am guilty of presenting it as, "If you can't give, then pray." But that's not the right order. Pray first! Pray last! Pray always.
Would you consider partnering with our Wycliffe ministry in prayer? We truly covet your prayers for us as we begin this journey in Bible translation.
But we want this to be a two-sided partnership. Can we please pray for you? We are already praying for many of you and would love to know how we can pray for you more specifically.
Here are some ways you can be praying with us and for us:
We are at 63% of the monthly budget Wycliffe has set for us
Repairs to the camper were a success and we are living in it again
Housing in Dallas is looking promising. We have some friends working on our behalf there and many friends praying (see, it's working)
I am working part-time to help save money to put toward our one-time expenses
We had a great time with family over Thanksgiving
Pray with us:
That details would be finalized for our housing in Dallas
Lucy and I are heading to VA Beach to meet with some churches and friends this weekend. Pray that we have quality meetings with potential partners
That we have hearts that trust God and wait patiently as God grows our partnership team!
Brothers, pray for us.
(1 Thess 5:25)