Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.  –  JAMES 1:27

DEVOTION

Though there are a great number of written prayers in the Old Testament, there are only a handful in the New Testament. Two of the most prominent are in Ephesians.

I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. -Ephesians 1:16-19a

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. -Ephesians 3:16-20

Apart from being two of the most profound prayers ever written, thereʼs a basic observation to be made: Paul had consistent prayers that he prayed for other people and wrote down. Letʼs follow his example.

STORY

Congress announced a budget-cut for its feeding program several decades ago. Congressman Tony Hall and his wife became Christians prior to these cuts. Mrs. Hall showed the congressman Isaiah 58 and said, “Well, do we believe this or not? If you want to feed the hungry, fast until something happens.” So Tony announced he would not eat until something was done about hunger. Ten days into his fast, over nine thousand high schools had students participating with him.

Tony’s campaign went viral before the internet existed. As a result of one person’s obedient fast, countries from around the world joined the United States in giving over $500,000,000,000 (not a typo) to feed hungry people.

“I never felt closer to God than during that fast. Fasting so that hungry people can be fed and to know that Jesus is powerful.” –Ambassador Tony Hall

PRAYER FOCUS

This week as you run or bike and work towards your fundraising goal, pray for our missionaries in Thailand and the relationships they are building with refugees along the border.

 

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