The following is an excerpt from “Do Not Grow Weary in Prayer and Fasting,” written faithfully each week for nearly 10 years by Jerry Hale, Spiritual Emphasis Committee Chair for the Growing and Building Campaign.
As I was out running this morning, I couldn’t help but think about the scores of young people reporting to the service academies this week. I couldn’t help but think of my own experience, as well; heading off to the Coast Guard Academy on 12 July 1965.
It was a different world 50 years ago. That morning, I walked out on the tarmac at Detroit Metro and up the stairs of an American Airlines jetliner for my maiden voyage. My dad later told me I didn’t look back. I don’t recall that, but I know without a doubt that to be successful at the academies one can’t look back.
One thing that hasn’t changed over the years is the opportunity for a young person to test their faith in the crucible of the “plebe system.” Mid-week vesper services and Sunday Chapel services are always well attended during these times, and many consider the Lord for the first time in their lives. We should all be praying for these cadets/midshipmen over the summer that many would come to faith in Christ!
I have been reading through Bill Hybels’ thought full book on prayer, Too Busy Not To Pray. On the subject of regular, earnest, and persistent prayer, Hybels writes,
“I’ve heard it said that if you bring a thimble to God, he’ll fill it. If you bring a bucket to God, he’ll fill that. If you bring a 500-gallon barrel to God, he’ll fill that too. Are you expecting God to fill your needs? Are you asking Him to do so—regularly, earnestly and persistently?”
That’s a good question to ask, whether one is a new prospective officer in training trying to make it through the summer or an overworked office manager trying to meet company goals.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).