Prayer is Asking God to Help a Friend

My friend had a need I could not meet. I told another friend and he provided for her need.

Jesus told us that prayer is like that. “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit and I have nothing for him to eat . . . if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence (Luke 11:5-8).'”

God Answers Prayer

I pray specific Scripture for missionaries we know. Recently one told me “I want to do what I do because of love.”

For five years I have been praying this: “Let their service be motivated by love. Help them to obey your command to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all you mind and love your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27).

God answers prayer.

 

The Holy War – 3

Once again they petitioned the King, this time pleading for mercy.  The Prince said, “I have power and commandment to from my Father to forgive you, and do forgive accordingly.”

“He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and the garment of praise, that they may be called oaks of righteousness” (from Isaiah 61:3).

*adapted from John Bunyan, The Holy War, p.173.