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Prayer is the Key

We have been having a blessed time visiting many of our supporting churches.  It is always a great joy to be able to update them on what God is doing.  One of the greatest blessings that we have experienced is that we have been told by many of their faithful prayers for us.

I am afraid that many churches have seen the need to support missionaries financially, to get them to the field but haven’t seen the greater need of prayer.  Money can get a missionary to the field.  It can buy plane tickets, provide housing, build church buildings, buy Bibles, etc.  But money can never replace what God must do.  We can’t save, only He can.  We can’t do the work, only He can.  Missionaries need your prayers.  We are so quick (me included) to criticize a missionary when he leaves the field, but the question must be asked, “Did I pray for him?”  Did I ask God to protect him and his family?  He has been fighting a spiritual warfare,  and money won’t give the victory, only the power of God.  Most missionaries go to the field with a good heart, ready to serve God.  They are excited, passionate, and thrilled to be there, but then things get hard.  Many problems and struggles come that millions of dollars couldn’t solve.

I know when I was a kid, I could tell you almost everybody who played in the NBA.  Can our children tell us where missionaries are all over the world?   Can you name 10 missionaries that your church supports?

Thanks for those who pray faithfully.  If we would pray as much as we criticize, maybe there wouldn’t be near the number of casualties.

One Response to “Prayer is the Key”

  1. Katie Says:

    Wow! That was great to hear! I needed the reminder for me AND for my boys!

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