This is the season when our Southern Baptist Churches are encouraged to invest a week of prayer for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Are we doing that? If we are is it a mere routine or earnest intercession? We may say it is a week of prayer but is actually weak prayer!
Prayer is serious business! Should you ask our missionaries what support they need, they will not speak about money, but request prayer. The money is essential, of course. Yet, while the funds are necessary to keep missionaries on the field, that alone does not assure them of fruitful ministry. No amount of dollars can open a sinner's heart--that is the supernatural work of the Spirit. The old hymn reminds us, "All is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One comes down; Brethren...sisters...pray and holy manna will be showered all around."
Let me encourage you to get on your knees, give as God directs, and go where He sends.
Yours to Reach the World,
Dennis Thurman, AMS