Thankful Prayers… “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Ephesians 1:15-16
God expects prayer for missionaries, however make it more personal by placing their picture in a prominent place in your home. When you walk by them or at a designated time, intercede on their behalf to Almighty God. It is those with great faith who foster a flaming fire of faith within your soul. Thanking the Lord for His faithful followers bolsters your faith to be more like those with whom you are exceedingly grateful.
Your children need to hear you pray, thanking God for the faith of your forefathers and other living family members who love Jesus. It is this attitude of respect for committed Christians that builds commitment into your sons and daughters. Gratitude to God for those who are serious about their Savior Jesus, builds a generation of God followers.
Furthermore thank the Lord for their love, for as their faith grows love is not far behind. “We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing” (2 Thessalonians 1:3). Those with great faith love great!
Indeed pray for those with great faith and love to finish well. This is the testimony of those we admire the most, “All these people were still living by faith when they died…” (Hebrews 11:13a). Mature Christians still need encouragement and accountability to remain faithful. Your prayers for them compel them to move forward with Christ.
Who do I know who is solid in their faith, who I can thank God for often in prayer? Who is a missionary couple my family can pray for weekly?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
April 4, 2020
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 4, 2020 You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak. I thought about the former days, the years of long ago; I remembered my songs in the night. Psalm 77:4-6 Over the past few weeks, I imagine many of us have experienced sleepless evenings, [...]
April 3, 2020
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 3, 2020 The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. Proverbs 4:18 Prayerful perseverance is the path of the righteous. It is the route the righteous take during recessionary times. Economic downturns can [...]
April 2, 2020
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 2, 2020 Hasten, O God, to save me; come quickly, Lord, to help me. Psalm 70:1 This time of year, many Christians around the world observe the season of Lent, a 40-day period of intentional preparation for Easter, journeying with our Lord into the wilderness of repentance [...]