I’m writing this post as a “note-to-self”, if you will, about how important prayer is in my life and especially in the support-raising process. Prayer is so, so great when I actually sit down and am still. That said, it is so difficult to find the time to spend with God in conversation. I know this isn’t a coincidence and that I need to fight with the power of the Holy Spirit to rest in prayer. Here is some encouragement I’ve found Betty Barnett’s Friend Raising about prayer with promises.
- We are co-laborers with Him, not in our own strength.
- “After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?” Galatians 3:3
- “Asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding… in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power…” Col. 1:9-11
- “Gratefully, technological developments have provided many helpful tools for missionary work, along with organizational structures that greatly facilitate the recruitment, sending, maintenance, and support of mission personnel. But… tools and organizations can never substitute for God’s power which comes alone in answer to prayer… dependence upon God in prayer is the ultimate way for doing spiritual work.” – Daniel Bacon, former US Director of Overseas Missionary Fellowship
- “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need… God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them… Imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Hebrews 4:16, 6:10, 12
The Lord is my sole provider. The Lord is equipping me for his work. I should rejoice through this process– through the difficulties and the hardships. His grace is sufficient for me. He will raise up what I need to do his work.
“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” 1 Thess. 5:24