Lord, I pray that today your disciples throughout the world will be built up in their faith. May the teaching they receive give them new insights and learnings, and may the worship strengthen and sustain them. I pray that the worship may give them joy and inspire them with hope. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for the parents of small children who have been kidnapped. Give them lots of courage and fortitude to cope with the worry and strain of their situation and bring the children safely home to them quickly. Prompt their communities to support them and to help them through. I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ – AMEN.
I pray today Lord for young people exposed to the enticements of drug addiction. Help them to be properly informed of the dangers to their health and sanity and give them strength to resist the blandishments of friends who would encourage them to begin taking these harmful substances. I ask it in the name of Christ – AMEN
“I tell you: When you pray and ask for something, believe that you have received it, and you will be given whatever you ask for”.
Mk 11:24 GNB
Many people have found their faith put to the test in prayer, taking these words of Jesus and praying urgently for something important. A pioneer missionary in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, William Shaw, illustrates this. The religion of the Africans constituted a challenge to the missionaries, and William Shaw had a duel of wills with a famous rain-maker, Gqindiva, whose help had been sought by chief Pato in time of severe drought. Shaw insisted that rain came from God, not from the rain-maker. The rain-maker replied that Shaw was hindering him from making rain. A serious situation now arose. Some of Shaw’s people believed that his word was stronger than the rain-maker’s; others were obviously sceptical of the power of the missionary’s God. Faced with Elijah’s predicament, he had no alternative but to appeal to God to vindicate the true prophet and expose the false. So he set apart a whole day for fasting and prayer and at certain intervals called the people together to petition God for the mercy of rain. The incident is best concluded in Shaw’s own words: ‘God was pleased in his infinite mercy to answer for himself. Just as the people were beginning to assemble for the evening service (the last for the day), drops of rain began to fall slowly … and at the time of its close, the rain was falling in heavy showers’. The rain-maker was discredited and the people called the downpour of many days ‘God’s Rain’” (H. Davies, Great South African Christians, p37, 8).
Have the courage of William Shaw. And pray believing.
Lord, help me to prove the power of believing prayer.
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