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.
I have been blessed mightily at both Spring Canyon and White Sulphur Springs, most recently at WSS. Similar to last year I had the opportunity to participate in a small way in the ACCTS Annual Staff Conference held at WSS. ACCTS is a remarkable organization begun by Cleo Buxton over 40 years ago. Made up of primarily OCF members, ACCTS ministers to the military in 140 or so countries. I am a part of the China Team (along with Cal Dunlap, Carson Tavenner, Rick Ryles and others) and we met one day to pray and discuss ongoing ministry opportunities. I was also greatly blessed to bring young Jian Rui (Jerry) Li to the meeting. Jerry is a VFMA grad from China who is a freshman at Gettysburg College and represents the future leadership of China. This young man’s presence at the ACCTS Staff Conference highlights the significance of our Conference Centers to the spread of the Gospel throughout the world!
Driving back home, I was reminded that last year after the ACCTS Conference we drove to New London for CGA Homecoming. It was during that weekend (actually one year ago today) that our friend Betsy Teuton passed from this life into Glory! We remember her today and her husband, Hank, now studying in a Master’s program at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Hank writes that Betsy prayed for him each and every day (and recorded each one in her prayer journal) of their married life. Wouldn’t it be great to have someone praying for us each and every day. Actually, we all do! Hebrews reminds us:
Jesus the Great High Priest:
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Romans adds to it:
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.”
Romans 7: 26-27
What an amazing concept, both the Son and the Spirit intercede for each of us before the Father! With that assurance, we can “approach the throne of grace with confidence” knowing that our prayers are being heard.