One of the great joys of being in the public ministry is receiving support and encouragement from others. Personal notes and emails of appreciation along with ongoing prayers for the work being done are like diamonds that glisten in the sun. They are priceless. Sometimes the Lord uses these words at a perfect time. When trials and difficulty parch the soul, words of encouragement bring much needed nourishment to revitalize the commitment, effort, and passion it takes to carry out ministry. It’s both humbling and gratifying to know that there are a number of fellow Christians who are prompted by the Lord to provide the necessary resources to carry out what the Lord has laid upon the heart to do.
And you can’t imagine the encouragement we receive when gifts of financial support are provided through the mail or on-line. It’s amazing how gifts come at just the right time. I believe the Lord uses these times to complete our trust in him and sometimes close doors in order to open new ones.
After fifteen years in the ministry, I have come to keenly appreciate what the Lord inspired the Apostle Paul to write to the church in Philippi.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil: 1:3-6)
We can use these words of Scripture to offer the following prayer:
“O Lord, we offer you up our praise and thanksgiving for all Your people that you have prompted to partner with us and financially support our ministry. Doing Your work requires resources and we give you thanks for providing all that we need to carry out the work you have given us to do. We also give you thanks for the many people throughout the world who are regularly praying for our ministry. We trust that the work you have begun through will be carried out on to completion and we thank you for all those who are partnering with us to help make this possible. In your gracious name we pray, Amen.”