Items For Praise And Prayer
By Lois J. Stucky
The Apostle Paul reminds us, as he reminded Timothy, that God has ďsaved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and graceĒ (2 Tim. 1:9). How blessed that God has included His saved ones in His grand and glorious purposes that outlast this world! We are saved from wandering aimlessly through life in self-centered living for personal purposes. Our life is not a random, hit-or-miss life of chance. When we yield our lives to God, He saves us and gives us a place in helping to bring to pass His plan of the ages. The world does not sense this. Our lives may seem as ordinary as theirs. But eternity will reveal there were those who lived far more significantly than was obvious to others.
The Apostle Paulís calling was to be a preacher, and an apostle and a teacher (verse 11). Many of us are not gifted of God as Paul was for so lofty a ministry. But we are nevertheless called to some good purpose. God needs a host of us to make our greatest contribution to His plan by our praying. God wants to do great and glorious things in this last hour. He wants to prepare His people to be ready for that magnificent day of Christís return to take the rule unto Himself. The very important things leading up to the climax, He brings to pass through prayer. The enemyís evil plan must be brought down; Godís will and plan must be implemented. A host of praying people is necessary to bring to pass all Godís purposes.
We fit into Godís plan by keeping submitted to His will and by maintaining faith in His working in and through our lives. We must be alert on behalf of our children and grandchildren as well. God has committed to us a responsibility for shepherding them into His plan and purpose in their early years.
Brother Moore spoke often of his gratitude to his mother and of her faith and prayers for him. As a young child, he suffered a serious liver ailment. The doctor gave him up, but his parents did not. Through prayer and very attentive care, he recovered. Later at age eighteen, Brother Moore told us, he became ďorneryĒ and left home. His mother prayed fervently. She told him that she felt God had raised him up from that childhood crisis ďfor some good purpose,Ē and she seemed determined that the devil would not frustrate Godís good purpose. Shortly after leaving home, Brother Moore gave his life to the Lord. Both parents died not long after that. But Brother Moore, whose life ultimately helped many hundreds of thousands through Herald of His Coming, attributed in great part Godís hand of blessing on his life, and his usefulness to the Kingdom of God, to his motherís faith and prayers for him.
It is very easy for children and young people in this day and age to get off track and miss the mark of Godís callingóunless someone has a vision for them and prays and trusts accordingly. Faith and prayer drastically alter the direction of a young life.
You may need to give yourself afresh to the Lord to be an instrument He can use. It may make of you an unsung burden bearer, but you will be beloved of Him.
No one need ask if there is need for his or her faith and prayers. Think of the world of lost sinners! God is not willing that any should perish. Yet many wait to hear the Gospel of Christ for the first time. The many efforts to reach to the ends of the earth by the year 2000 need strongest prayer.
Does the Church need prayer? Our Lord Jesus lets us know through His messages to the churches as recorded in Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, what His expectations are for the Church: fervent love, dedication unto death, lives of purity, faithfulness in keeping His Word, holding fast the faith, being alive in the Spiritóin short, living a life of overcoming sin, self and Satan. Is this what we see in the Church as a whole today? Does the Church need prayer? Do you have faith and willingness to pray for the Church? The glorious Church, ready for her exalted Head, is part of Godís plan. Preaching the Gospel in all the world is part of His plan. Are you fitting in to do your part?
Friends, it is as though we are on the last lap of the race. You know how important the last lap is. All reserves and strong exertion are put into winning. No one is foolish enough to loiter on the last lap if he has any thought of winning. Itís time for all-out effort!
The Lord has need of you! Herald of His Coming has need of you! We are eager to move ahead for the Lord as fully as He enables and provides. There are many opportunities to reach farther with the Gospel. More prayers, more finances, more dedicated workers would enable us to grasp more of these opportunities. We have the good example of some who have gone before us. Will we follow in their train as they followed Christ, who went all the way to Calvary?
Please join us for the following. Thank you.
That letters come daily from Herald readers in various countries, letting us know they are taking action in response to Godís call in the soul-stirring messages!
For the remarkable faithfulness of those who send a monthly gift, and for each one whose giving helps make possible the Herald outreach. Praise God for the friends who write us they are praying for us. The ministry could not exist without praying, giving friends.
For fruitful ministry to Jewish people everywhere.
For continued blessing on every piece of literature going from here.
For those who write us from the Middle East, not many in number, but undoubtedly all taking a stand for the Lord that is not popular and may be strongly opposed. Ask that the Herald will have an especially helpful ministry to these stalwarts.
That a container carrying many thousand Herald papers to Nigeria will arrive quickly and that those handling distribution of these papers in Nigeria will have strength and zeal from above to expedite the task.
That national pastors who draw heavily upon Herald material for sermons, will be able to pass the messages along effectively to their congregations.
That God will inspire friends who have not been helping with gifts, to take part with us in sending Herald literature to the many countries of the world where it is requested. Pray that all of us will be Spirit-directed in our giving so that the needs of Godís work everywhere will be met.