Pray in Like Manner!
Our missionaries plod and plead for the Gospel to be heard and received by those whose hearts are corrupted by sin and whose souls are dammed to eternal torments. They plant. They water. They wait. Sometimes in the waiting, like Elisha’s servant, they awaken to behold the enemy’s advances have surrounded them with disgust, determined to destroy. As our missionaries sometimes do, they stare wide-eyed at their foes and muse: “Alas! How shall we do?” Please listen and do not misread what I am about to say: sending them an extra $500, alas, is not what should be done! What’s needed is not a financial endowment but a spiritual enduement—an aged saint with an intercessor’s heart to lift his hands to heaven and plead for the bewildered servant! “Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.”
Do we not yet perceive the necessity for contrite appeals to be made for our ambushed missionaries? Was not Elijah, Elisha’s mentor, but a man of like passions as we are? Yet he prayed…and God answered! (Jas.5:17) Will you not pray in like manner? We need not beg for God’s involvement as if he is unwilling; we need but to ask for God’s ‘reveal-ment’ that His engagement be understood!
Our missionaries do not write in their letters or post on their social media about their dreaded worries! So, we must hear what they are not saying and plead to the Lord on their behalf that they may behold the mountains “full of horses and chariots of fire round about them” and be encouraged by that! (2 Kings 6:15-17) The battle does indeed belong to the Lord! Thank you for your faithful intercessions! Please suffer a little longer in them—“For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” (Heb. 10:37)
Winning Souls Wisely!
GFF General Director