Two words: awesome.
For many years I’ve felt a need to fight against abortion in America. But the problem has always been: what can I do? I can pray, but what else can I do?
Finally, there is something I can do.
Recently, Life Choices Inc., a pro-life organization, contacted me about helping them bring a free ultrasound clinic to my hometown of Indiana, PA. Bringing a free ultrasound to the area would be such a wonderful step toward saving the unborn. When a woman is confronted with a real image of the real baby in her, having an abortion is that much harder.
I want to bring this clinic to Indiana. They need $60,000 dollars to make it happen. My goal is to raise $5,000 in the effort. Of course I would love to raise much more, but let’s start at $5,000.
Would you please consider helping me in this project? I firmly believe in the power of large numbers of people making small contributions to achieve a massive objective. Thanks for your help.
I’ve embedded a widget below that will allow you to donate directly to the cause. If you want to view the donation page, click here.
Would you also help me spread the word on this project? Thanks!
The best question we can ask ourselves when we’re feeling discontented, despondent, overwhelmed or fearful is “What am I believing about God right now?”
Do I believe God is in control? Do I believe he is being good to me? Do I believe he cares about me? Or do I believe that somehow God’s left the building and forgotten about me? Or he’s temporarily lost control of the universe. Or perhaps he is mad at me and punishing me for some reason. Or giving me too much for me to bear.
We must continually fight to believe that God has made a covenant to never turn away from doing good to us (JE 32.40).
Surely if [God] would not spare his own Son one stroke, one tear, one groan, one sigh, one circumstance of misery, it can never be imagined that ever he should, after this, deny or withhold from his people, for whose sakes all this was suffered, any mercies, any comforts, any privilege, spiritual or temporal, which is good for them. –John Flavel
God never gives his children anything but what’s best for us. And if he withholds something from us, it’s because it would not be good for us.
When I was a kid, I would have told my mom it would be good for her to give me unlimited candy. She would not have been a good mom to give me what I desired though. I would have told her it would be good to let me stay up as late as I wanted and watch whatever I wanted to on TV. But my Mom didn’t give me everything I wanted, even though I was sure it would be the best thing for me. My mom had wisdom; I didn’t. She knew better than I did what would be good for me. So our heavenly Father knows far better than we what is good for us to have and not have.
And we must always remember our greatest good is knowing and being conformed to Christ. If our suffering drives us to deeper pursuit of Jesus and we cling more closely to him, that’s wonderful. If our affliction humbles us and makes us more merciful to others, that is a good thing.
In heaven we’ll look at all God did in our lives that we didn’t understand and it will all make sense to us. Then we’ll praise God for our momentary light afflictions, for we’ll see the eternal weight of glory they produced. In heaven we’ll say, “Jesus, thank you for all you did in me through that trial.”
And if we’ll praise God in heaven for all the good he did through our trials, shouldn’t we praise him in those trials now?
What is the best thing that you can do for you pastor? Compliment him on his “outstanding, almost Charles Spurgeon-like sermon”? Give money to the church? Give your time and skills to the church? Not heckle him? Admire him for his manly beard? While those are all wonderful things, they are not the best thing that you can do for you pastor.
The absolute, most important, best thing that you can do for your pastor is to pray for him.
I was freshly reminded of that fact this morning when I read 2 Corinthians 1:11 –
You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many.
This is Paul talking. The apostle. The dude who wrote a significant portion of the New Testament. The guy who got blindsided by Jesus on Damascus Road. The guy who had the whole “taken up to the third heaven and seeing things too glorious for words” experience. This isn’t a little ol’ Average Pastor With Minimal Gifting. We are talking about THE Apostle Paul who studied under THE Gamaliel. If anyone could feel sure of his ministry success it was Paul. I would expect Paul to say, “I am confident of my success in the Lord, but your prayers would also be helpful.”
But that’s not what Paul says. He says, “You also MUST help us by prayer.” There’s a hint of desperation in his voice. He is pleading for the prayers of the Corinthians. Why? Why does Paul feel such a deep need for the prayers of others?
Because he knows that the depth of his fruitfulness hinges on the prayers of others. He knows that he will not be successful unless he is propelled forward by the prayers of the saints.
That’s why he says that many will give thanks for the blessing granted through the prayers of many. In other words, Paul is expecting people to be grateful to God for his ministry and for the blessings that they have received through his ministry. But how did those blessings come about in the first place? Through the prayers of Paul’s friends! Paul’s ministry was fruitful because others were praying for him.
Your pastor desperately needs your prayers. I desperately need the prayers of the people in my church. The best thing that a person can do for me is pray on my behalf. The more people pray for me, the more fruitful my ministry will be.
So how can you pray for your pastor? Here are a few practical ways:
- Pray that they will have spiritual and emotional endurance. Being a pastor is a wonderful job, but it can also be a very draining job. I need endurance to continue working with joy.
- Pray that they will have rich fellowship with the Lord. The pastor’s power comes from the Lord. I need God to meet me and refresh week after week.
- Pray that your pastor will be protected from temptation. If Satan can take down a shepherd, the sheep are much more vulnerable. I need the Lord to protect me from the temptations of pride, greed, lust, impatience, and a host of other sins.
- Pray that your pastor will preach with power. Apart from the power of the Holy Spirit, a sermon will be nothing more than an eloquent boatload of crap. I need the Holy Spirit to put power behind my words.
There are many more ways to pray for your pastor, but this should get you started.
So please, I’m begging you, pray. Your pastor depends on it.
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I’m not sure what to think of this. This seems like one of those parent living vicariously through his children scenarios, but then again, maybe the kids love it. I certainly wouldn’t want to mess with these kids.