Marie’s daily verse: 

Genesis 17:7 NKJV

And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.

DAILY DEVOTION, October 8, , 2021

I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me (Romans 15:30),

Paul requests that the church pray for him. He is in a struggle. He has faced persecution and physical harm. He urges the church to pray for him.  If the Apostle Paul needed prayer in his ministry, I need it much more! I am confident that Paul wanted them to pray for his protection and also wanted prayer to be faithful to Jesus. He doesn’t just ask for prayer in an off-handed manner. He is not saying that he needs prayer occasionally. Instead, he urges the church to pray for him. He needs to be upheld by the prayers of the church, as do I.

All pastors need prayer. The struggle to promote the Gospel of Jesus can, at times, be challenging. Many pastors abandon their pastoral calling after a few years. I have been at it for over 60 years, and I know the prayers of God’s people have sustained me. Do I still need prayer? You bet I do! I thank all of you who have prayed for me over the years. I want to be faithful to the end, and I need your prayers.

Father, I do thank you for the prayers of God’s people. I know I cannot do the job you have called me to do apart from the prayers of the saints. As I ask others to pray for me, so may I be faithful in praying for others. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen. 

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