I normally send the following to subscribers of my e-newsletter list. However, having come to know so many of you blog readers over recent years, I thought I would post it here in case some of you might feel called to respond. Or perhaps you also need to form a prayer team and this will help encourage you to take those first steps in doing so.
“Christians shouldn’t rely on their own strength but must tap into the mighty power of the Lord. Human strength is impotent in opposing our supernatural enemy, the devil. With the omnipotent God as our power source, even a little strength is sufficient for victory.” (from Pathway to God’s Treasure)
“Principalities, powers, rulers, and spiritual hosts (Eph 6:12) describe the different ranks of Satan’s minions. The devil’s army is extremely organized and prepared for devastating battle. Their demonic influence spans time, from past to present, and space, from heaven to earth.” (from Pathway to God’s Treasure)
“Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.” — William Cowper
Prayer Examples from Exodus
- Success to defeat the Amalekites depended upon Aaron and Hur holding up Moses so that his hands would remain steady (Ex 17:10-13)
- Moses’s father-in-law told Moses that he couldn’t manage the job alone and encouraged him to appoint faithful men to work with him (Ex 18:17-21)
- After Moses prayed and returned to his duties, Joshua remained behind to pray [in the tent of meeting] (Ex 33:11)
[Special thanks to author Gayle Roper who in 2003 provided the above Exodus references.]
In 1997, God called me to leave my general market career and to commit my writing to Him for His purposes. My first CBA (Christian market) novel released in 1999, and over the years, it has been a joy and a blessing to hear from readers how God has touched their hearts through my stories.
In the summer of 2003, as I was about to begin writing what would be an intensely personal story, I felt God prompting me to form a prayer team who would hold me and my writing up in prayer, believers who would ask God to give me the right words and to strengthen me by His might and His word in my personal walk with Him. I sought people who knew Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior who would commit to pray for me weekly for one year.
In the years following, I have repeated this invitation, and each year God has provided a wonderful group of prayer warriors and encouragers. Their prayers have carried me through a number of deep trials (grief and cancer treatment included). I am so very thankful for them. But lest you think the bulletins are always filled with huge crises, let me confess that they are more likely to consist of appeals for faster writing and fresh ideas. Not exciting but so needed.
Now another prayer year is drawing to a close, and it’s time to form a new team of prayer warriors. Could one of them be you?
If you are a Christian who believes in the power of prayer, would you please ask God if He would have you come alongside me for one year, to stand in the gap for me and my family, for my writing and my speaking, for my travels, for my publishers, etc.? Prayer partners are added to a private mailing list and are sent bi-weekly bulletins with my prayer needs listed.
Please don’t feel obliged to respond in the affirmative just because you are reading this post. God calls each of us to different ministries in the body of Christ, and He will decide who is called to this particular one. I know He will bless you wherever you serve Him.
But if you believe God is calling you to this one-year confidential prayer commitment, please email me using the contact form on this site.
May the LORD bless you and protect you.
May the LORD smile on you and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you his favor and give you his peace.