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Path2Prayer Newsletter 3/5/2010

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

03/05/10

Greetings!

Introduction:
I have been busy, traveling—to Edmonton, Lacombe and Calgary Alberta Canada, Toronto Canada, Hendersonville North Carolina and other locations; teaching church history, uploading many resources to path2prayer.com, and responding to emails. I know I haven’t done as well lately in responding to many of you, for which I am sorry. Be assured, I have not forgotten you, I have not stopped praying for you, nor have I been idle.

Some Encouraging Promises:
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:19

“The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.” Ps. 23:1

“Blessed is he who considers the poor; the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, he will be blessed on the earth; You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; you will sustain him on his sickbed.” Ps. 41:1-3

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Ps. 84:11

“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” Prov. 11:25

“But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:31,32

Upcoming Travel:
Week of Prayer: Calgary Central Church, Calgary (AB, Canada), March 14-19
Witnessing Class: Lake Union ASI Chapter Meeting in Southwestern, MI, April 16
Prayer and Revival Meetings: Hampstead Church, London, England, May 1-15
Prayer Seminar: Indiana Camp Meeting, June 14-18
Prayer and Revival Seminars: South Pacific (July or August)

New Resources:
Path2prayer.com has many new resources!
Choosing A Text and Preaching by George Muller (http://path2prayer.com/article.php?id=819).
There are also entire pages of resources by great Christians:
Andrew Murray: http://path2prayer.com/article.php?id=773
Hudson Taylor: http://path2prayer.com/article.php?id=793
Theodore Monod: http://path2prayer.com/article.php?id=738#Theodore_Monod
Frances Ridley Havergal: http://path2prayer.com/article.php?id=791
Mary Lyon’s Educational Methods: http://path2prayer.com/article.php?id=782

These are just a few of the hundreds of resources that are to be found at path2prayer.com.

During the course of my travels I have learned about extending prayer in the church, I have been encouraging new ways to pray and observed answers to prayer first hand.

New Ways to Pray:
We call it “Collective Praying” locally, and it refers to a form of group praying where one person facilitates the praying of many mini, one item, prayers, in a sequence of topics starting with adoration, then confessing, then thanking God for the good things He has been doing, and concluding with supplication. It is easy to remember the progression if you think of the book of “ACTS.” Even families are picking up on this since it allows all the members of a family to easily participate regardless of prior experience with prayer. In our larger prayer meetings locally, people divide into groups of five or six and one person leads all the groups from the front. which allows many groups of people to pray together in a concert of prayer. You can find more information on this kind of praying at the Collective Conversational Prayer link.

New Ways of Connecting in Prayer:
While in Edmonton, I met Allen who promotes prayer in a unique way in his church in Toronto: He has written the name and phone number of each member of his church on a separate prayer card, and gives these cards to each member when they leave church. The members are encouraged to call the person listed on the card to find out how he or she can be prayed for. The members bring back the cards to church the next weekend, turn in the cards, and then are given a different card when they leave. This is a great idea and we are using it in our church. Thank you Allen for this good idea!

The Value of Testimonies:
On these trips attendees were encouraged to share how God was answering prayers. They did. The sharing of these testimonies led to more praying, and resulted in more answers to prayer. Please prominently feature testimonies in your midweek services and at church if possible.

Some Testimonies…

In Edmonton:
Glory was not doing well at work and greatly feared losing her job. So we made it a matter of specific prayer. Notice what she wrote: “I prayed and started working. I did better. The whole day my main manager didn’t come. In the evening he returned and started observing me. He came and told me “this is your test order.” I made a mistake again. Then God worked on his mind and he observed me again and found I did well. The whole day I did well and did not get nervous. At the end of the day an amazing thing happened. A customer called my second manager and said in front of me, ‘This girl is very good I am very pleased with her customer service, you should know it and I want you to inform your main Manager.’ Then he thanked me. I was so glad for that. A few hours later another customer came and called the same manager and took him aside and talked. When the manager returned I asked him, ‘Did I make any mistake?’ He told me – ‘No. It was the second compliment about you.’ My tears came out. It’s really amazing; my living God did it for me.” I have since received the following email: “Hi Dan. We are doing wonderfully. How are you? I’m working well. It’s time to thank God for answering our prayer. Thank you for your prayers.”

In Lacombe:
One of the students attending the prayer meetings told us she was doing poorly in calculus and requested that we pray for her. We did. The next day she returned with a smile on her face and a wonderful testimony of answered prayer. She shared how she had almost not come to prayer meeting because she needed to study for a calculus mini exam. But remembering that skipping prayer meetings had never helped in the past—her grades had not improved as a result of skipping prayer meetings in the past—she had come regardless. Hearing other testimonies, she had requested prayer and left believing that God was going to hear her prayer. Here is her instructive testimony:

“During Dan’s first few meetings I realized I needed to pray specifically and not be hesitant to ask according to God’s will.  Also once asking to wait with expectancy, knowing Jesus has heard me! I’d been thinking about how I pray, asking God for help, particularly with Calculus, and although from the many stories I knew God had heard and could answer, I didn’t think He actually would/will—the story is not finished yet.  In the meeting on the first, I saw how I’d been thinking and that it was wrong!  So I chose to take God at His Word, and believe He had heard my prayers (and Christie and Dan’s), and that He would help me do very well on the quiz the next morning so that I would pass the class. After I came back from the evening meeting I felt very awake.  Studying didn’t seem to usually help in calculus.  But I didn’t feel right not studying and expecting God to answer my prayer.  As I studied I asked God to help me by making me tired when I should stop and go to bed, so that I would still get enough sleep.  He did. The next morning I went to the 7:40 class.  Our teacher let us take the quiz at our later 1:15 PM class that day.  Praise God!  So I was able to study during my spare period.  I couldn’t figure out one particular practice question.  When the time came for the quiz I’d only studied for 2 of the 3 chapters.  On the quiz there were 3 questions, one from each chapter, and we were to answer any 2!  Praise God again!  I did the ones I’d studied for.  One of the questions was like the one I’d been trying to answer while studying but couldn’t get.  I felt I did really well for the 1st time, but I had to wait for the next class to find out.  When I finished writing the quiz I kept smiling to myself during the lecture because I knew God had heard and helped.  It was so different than the last quiz, which caused me to feel so bad that I could hardly concentrate the rest of the class. Later that afternoon I tried that same question again and I couldn’t get it.  To me this was evidence that God gave me wisdom and understanding during the quiz.  I also did as was suggested in the meetings: prayed over every question. Friday morning I got my quiz back and I made 2 minor errors, but I WAS GIVEN 100%!  God answers prayer! I am so excited!

Southern Indiana:
While in southern Indiana I had the opportunity to hear prayer stories shared by an older saint. During our time together, he spoke of his wife asking God to get his attention and his business burning to the ground as a result; and of another time when his horses escaped their pasture, but came back in answer to prayer.

Here at home:
I was contacted about praying for a gentleman’s wife who needed a score of 91% for a course. Two days ago a note arrived: She scored 91%! Yes God is answering prayers in wonderful and sometimes dramatic ways. I hope you are still praying!

A Testimony from Hudson Taylor:
Here is a testimony from Hudson Taylor the founder of the China Inland Mission, who worked under very difficult circumstances and far from any banks or cash machines:

“Many seem to think that I am very poor. This certainly is true enough in one sense, but I thank God it is “as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing all things.” And my God shall supply all my need; to Him be all the glory. I would not, if I could, be otherwise than I am—entirely dependent myself upon the Lord, and used as a channel of help to others.

“On Saturday, November 4, our regular home mail arrived. That morning we supplied, as usual, a breakfast to the destitute poor, who came to the number of seventy. Sometimes they do not reach forty, at other times exceeding eighty. They come to us everyday, Lord’s Day excepted, for then we cannot manage to attend to them and get through all our other duties too. Well, on that Saturday morning we paid all expenses, and provided ourselves for the morrow, after which we had not a single dollar left between us. How the Lord was going to provide for Monday we knew not; but over our mantelpiece hung two scrolls in the Chinese character—Ebenezer, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us”; and Jehovah-Jireh, “The Lord will provide”—and He kept us from doubting for a moment. That very day the mail came in, a week sooner than was expected, and Mr. Jones received a bill [a check] for $214. We thanked God and took courage. The bill was taken to a merchant and although there is usually a delay of several days in getting the change, this time he said, “Send down on Monday.” We sent, and though he had not been able to buy all the dollars, he let us have seventy on account; so all was well. Oh, it is sweet to live thus directly dependent upon the Lord, who never fails us!

“On Monday the poor had their breakfast as usual, for we had not told them not to come, being assured that it was the Lord’s work, and that the Lord would provide. We could not help our eyes filling with tears of gratitude when we saw not only our own needs supplied, but the widow and the orphan, the blind and the lame, the friendless and the destitute, together provided for by the bounty of Him who feeds the ravens. “O magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together… Taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Oh fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing”—and if not good, why want it?

“But even $200 cannot last forever, and by New Year’s Day supplies were again getting low. At last, on January 6, 1858, only one solitary cash remained—the twentieth part of a penny—in the joint possession of Mr. Jones and myself; but though tried we looked to God once again to manifest His gracious care. Enough provision was found in the house to supply a meager breakfast; after which, having neither food for the rest of the day, nor money to buy any, we could only betake ourselves to Him who was able to supply all our need with the petition, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

“After prayer and deliberation we thought that perhaps we ought to dispose of something we possessed in order to meet our immediate requirements. But on looking round we saw nothing that we could well spare, and little that the Chinese would purchase for ready money. Credit to any extent we might have had, could we conscientiously have availed ourselves of it, but this we felt to be unscriptural in itself, as well as inconsistent with the position we were in. We had, indeed, one article—an iron stove—which we knew the Chinese would readily purchase; but we much regretted the necessity of parting with it. At length, however, we set out to the founder’s, and after a walk of some distance came to the river, which we had intended to cross by a floating bridge of boats; but here the Lord shut up our path. The bridge had been carried away during the preceding night, and the river was only passable by means of a ferry, the fare for which was two cash each person. As we only possessed one cash, our course clearly was to return and await God’s own interposition on our behalf.

“Upon reaching home, we found that Mrs. Jones had gone with the children to dine at a friend’s house, in accordance with an invitation accepted some days previously. Mr. Jones, though himself included in the invitation, refused now to go and leave me to fast alone. So we set to work and carefully searched the cupboards; and though there was nothing to eat, we found a small packet of cocoa, which, with a little hot water, somewhat revived us. After this we again cried to the Lord in our trouble, and the Lord heard and saved us out of all our distresses. While we were still upon our knees a letter arrived from England containing a remittance.

“This timely supply not only met the immediate and urgent need of the day; for in the assured confidence that God, whose we were and whom we served, would not put to shame those whose whole and only trust was in Himself, my marriage had been previously arranged to take place just fourteen days after this date. And this expectation was not disappointed; for “the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed.” And although during subsequent years our faith was often exercised, and sometimes severely, He ever proved faithful to His promise, and never suffered us to lack any good thing. “And if not good, why want it?”

Some Instructive Words from George Muller:
“Only let it be trust in God, not in man, not in circumstances, not in any of your own exertions, but real trust in God, and you will be helped in your various necessities… Not in circumstances, not in natural prospects, not in former donors, but solely in God. This is just that which brings the blessing. If we say we trust in Him, but in reality do not, then God, taking us at our word, lets us see that we do not really confide in Him; and hence failure arises. On the other hand, if our trust in the Lord is real, help will surely come. ‘According unto thy faith be it unto thee.’ It is a source of deep sorrow to me, that, notwithstanding my having so many times before referred to this point, thereby to encourage believers in the Lord Jesus, to roll all their cares upon God, and to trust in Him at all times, it is yet, by so many, put down to mere natural causes, that I am helped; as if the Living God were no more the Living God, and as if in former ages answers to prayer might have been expected, but that in the nineteenth century they must not be looked for.”

“While we have often been brought low, yea, so low that we have not had even as much as a single penny left, or so as to have the last bread on the table, and not as much money as was needed to buy another loaf, yet never have we had to sit down to a meal without our good Lord having provided nourishing food for us. I am bound to state this, and I do it with pleasure. My Master has been a kind Master to me, and if I had to choose this day again as to the way of living, the Lord giving me grace, I would not choose differently.”

“Sometimes I found children of God tried in mind by the prospect of old age, when they might be unable to work any longer, and therefore were harassed by the fear of having to go into the poorhouse. If in such a case I pointed out to them, how their Heavenly Father has always helped those who put their trust in Him, they might not, perhaps, always say, that times have changed; but yet it was evident enough, that God was not looked upon by them as the LIVING God. My spirit was oft times bowed down by this, and I longed to set something before the children of God, whereby they might see, that He does not forsake, even in our day, those who rely upon Him.”

“The child of God ought not to have a single care about anything. Not even the poor woman who has a drunken husband ought to have a single anxiety about him. Everything should be taken to the Lord, and left there. If we began to carry our own burdens, the Lord would add to them. If we had a pound-weight of care, and carried it ourselves, the Lord would make it ten pounds, and go on increasing the weight till it crushed us, and, overwhelmed by our trouble, we should be obliged at last to cast it upon Him.”

Service Opportunities:
Many mission and not for-profit organizations are in need of our financial support these days, and there is always a need for volunteers. “The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.” Prov. 11:25

A Prayer:

Father, I am glad you are still in charge of this world. Thank you for having a purpose for my friend. Show yourself faithful in every way, providing the resources, work, love, and blessed relationships, and whatever else is need; and most of all, a close and wonderful relationship with you. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

A Final Thought:
“The men who have done mighty things for God have always been mighty in prayer, have well understood the possibilities of prayer, and made most of the possibilities.”—E. M. Bounds

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