“Brethren, pray for us.” (1 Thess. 5:25) Just like Paul asked his friends to pray, we at Entrust ask you to commit to praying for us during 2018. Rapidly evolving politics around the world present great challenges and sometimes even greater opportunities. We praise God for new staff coming onboard and we seek still more team members to join us. We continue to write, develop and refine locally-relevant ministry training systems, often while facing gigantic obstacles. None of this happens without prayer cover. “Brethren, pray for us.”
We’ve all heard about how men struggle with porn. Books, sermons, seminars, help groups of all kinds address this real-life struggle/addiction/problem in our society. It is real, we need to be aware and we need to pray against this sin and for those enticed by it.
However, it’s not just the guys. Women are equally vulnerable to this temptation. We often soft-pedal women’s involvement here. It’s just a romance novel. It’s a beautiful movie. It’s a way to vicariously experience what I’m not experiencing (for whatever reason) in my own life. From a grocery store paperback to one of the Shades of Gray films and beyond, women no less than men are drawn into thoughts, fantasies and behaviors which are not within God’s plan.
Take a moment to consider. What are you watching, reading, listening to, thinking about, which is pulling you out of God’s best for you? Be honest. Reflect on Ephesians 2. Talk to God. Confess. Seek his forgiveness. Ask him to help you stay where he calls you – in your heart, mind, soul and body.
What’s troubling your heart today? It seems our whole world is growing more polarized on every front, from ethics to the environment, from racial to relational issues, from raw milk to soy milk to almond milk. Our knee jerk reaction? Worry, argue, protest, boycott or maybe just disengage.
By far the most effective reaction is to pray. Really! Prayer is direct access to the final authority, the creator of all, the one who establishes rulers and kingdoms, who determines times and seasons, who judges righteously. Take all your concerns to God first. Then go ahead and dialogue respectfully, write letters, get involved in serving. Actions preceded by and conducted in prayer are always best.
Please pray for:
- Our Serving To Equip People (STEP) program, pairing people exploring God’s calling on their lives with seasoned cross-cultural workers, in one- to two-year ministry assignments. Pray for the recruitment efforts of the STEP team.
Pray Colossians 1:9-12 for:
- CEO David Goodman visiting staff in Europe and taking part in the men’s training summit, Jan. 8-21
- men’s ministry training summit in Budapest, Hungary, Jan. 10-13
- women’s ministry training in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jan. 13-15
To download and print the Prayer Bridge, go to: www.entrust4.org/201701PB
Praying can seem mechanical or routine at times. Let Entrust’s pastoral care provider, Roger Gulick, encourage you today. Read more at www.entrust4.org/SeptENC
Every time you hear the name Trump or Hillary (why is it we tend to call him by his last name, her by her first) try this: take a breath and pray. None of us can escape the news, the rhetoric, the arguments. And all of us can pray. God alone knows what is best. Talk to HIM in prayer every time you hear or read those names. Agreed?