December 24 2018 at 12:23PM
A Season of Prayer
You may feel a special burden for someone in your life that is drifting from God. But before you corner them at the next holiday gathering and try to point them back to Christ, consider pointing Christ to them.
"Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a fever, and they promptly told Jesus about her.
When you pray for others,
• The burden rests on Jesus
• The problem shrinks due to a higher perspective
• The source of your Joy is rediscovered
• The people you love are blessed
Perhaps the greatest benefit of prayer, is seeing Jesus touch the lives of a loved one in an unexpected way.
So He went to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up.
Remember that God sees more than the problems of the moment. His readiness to answer our prayers for others may be linked to their readiness to serve Him.
The fever left her, and she began to serve them.…
And you never know, but God may be using their story, and your prayers, as a part of a MUCH bigger plan!
After sunset, people brought to Jesus all who were sick and [even] demon-possessed, and the whole town gathered at the door.
God wants to answer our prayers for others today, but what's more is this: that He is preparing them to know His Son personally, to serve in His Kingdom eternally, and to be a part of His redemptive plan for their whole town, and for the whole world.
Consider that, and point Christ to your loved ones during this season of prayer.
Scriptures take from Mark 1:30-33
This devotional was taken from the November issue of the Sandy Stories Newsletter. Join Mike and Tawni's support team as they live on mission with God in Thailand by subscribing for free and donating online at worldoutreach.org/587
December 09 2018 at 06:03PM
God called Tawni to Thailand during a mountain top experience. Her training school had planted a church in Chiang Mai and was nearing the end of their trip. The team retreated to Doi Suthep's viewpoint for prayer over the city. As she gazed out over the lush Northern province, a voice began speaking to her heart, "Will you give your life for my people here?"