Today’s Prayer Target
May 29, 2017
Today is Memorial Day. In the U.S., we have many freedoms for which to be thankful. Countless people have fought and died through the years to maintain that freedom for the rest of us. But the greatest freedom of all was given to us by our Lord and Savior, who willingly died to take away our sins. That freedom surpasses all others and should instill in us great joy!
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From the President
May 2017 Prayer Target
“Rejoice always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:16-18).
Paul tells the believers in Thessalonica to pray continually. He links this with additional instructions to be joyful always and to give thanks in all circumstances. The believers in Thessalonica faced painful persecution, and yet Paul instructs them to be joyful and to give thanks. How could this be possible? Paul knew the value of continual prayer in his life and wanted the believers in Thessalonica to have that same experience in their lives.
Prayer leads us directly into God’s presence. Continual prayer is an ongoing conversation with God, inviting God into every moment. We are able to present our petitions and requests, and respond to God’s invitation to join Him in the work He is doing in the world. When this continual conversation with God is at the center of our lives, joy and thanksgiving are certain to follow. All three — joy, prayer, and giving thanks — operate together in our lives as believers.
Let’s join together in praying for believers around the world who face persecution when they share the Gospel, that the joy of the Lord will strengthen them. And let’s continue to pray for our unsaved listeners that they would respond to the Good News and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Until all have heard,
Edward W. Cannon
President & CEO