A LETTER FROM THE FEBC PRESIDENT
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31).
Without a doubt, the message of the New Testament is that God took the initiative to love humankind. “While we were yet sinners,” says Paul, “Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Our response to God’s great love for us is two-fold: to love Him with all of our heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
One of the greatest ways to express our love for God and man is to pray.
Sixteenth century theologian, John Calvin, once said, “Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.”
As we pray, we do not do so out of obligation, but rather, we pray because we are literally the extension of Christ’s love for the world. Thank you for your faithfulness to the call of prayer.
Until all have heard,
Edward W. Cannon
President and CEO