“Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly…” — Ephesians 1:15-16
Six months after the Berlin Wall was built, the following incident took place. One morning on the free side of the wall, a large pile of garbage was discovered. For the next several days, a similar discovery was made.
Then one day, the people on the communist side of the wall found fresh fruit and canned food with a note attached which read, “Each gives what he has.”
Paul’s gift to the Ephesian Christians was the most lavish gift any Christian could give–prayer. The highest ministry that can be offered on behalf of another is prayer. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 7:25 that Jesus continuing ministry on our behalf is that of intercession–prayer.
Who can pray? Anyone who has put their trust in Christ for salvation and has been cleansed by His blood has access to God (Hebrews 4:16, Romans 5:1-2). Christians have the privilege to join the Lord Jesus Christ in the greatest and highest of ministries–prayer!
In our lives, we have a choice as to what we will give. We can give junk, or we can give joy. We can be a burden to others, or a blessing. Anyone can tear down. You can join a vast multitude in doing that. Few there are that build up. That’s where I choose to stand.
So give–by praying. Minister in the power of God by passionately interceding for those who are in need–for those who are hurting–for those who are lost–for those who are confused–for all who need the love of Christ. Give yourself away in prayer. People need most what we should give first–prayer!
P.S. Pray with me for my friend, Lori Moon. She waits in anticipation for the healing that will come through your gift–prayer.