If you had to summarize Jesus’ major teachings on prayer into one major thought it would be this, “Persist! God loves you and hears you so, keep believing! Persevere! Don’t give up!” Often we give up praying because we give up on believing. When we remind ourselves of our father in heaven’s love for us, it gives us hope to keep asking, it gives us courage to keep seeking and it gives us perseverance to keep knocking.
Please pray for Venture Missionary families
- Stephen and Katie Kleinjung, who are leaving for Thailand with their son Shepherd this week.
- Jared and Health Van Ravenhorst, who are preparing to go to Thailand in October as Venture Missionaries.
- Brian and Amanda Elliot, Venture Missionaries to Chiang Mai who just had their baby, Piper. Piper was born with intestinal complications but is recovering well. Please pray for continued healing for Piper and comfort and strength for Brian and Amanda.
This week Venture is kicking off development for what could be the most impacting program Venture has ever started. Please pray for clear direction, creativity, wisdom and for God’s will to be done here. We’ll keep you posted in the coming months as development happens.
Try and read this again, for the first time. Go slow and insert your own words for each idea:
Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever and ever. Amen
Matthew 6:9-13 NIV
ANCIENT PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
You are holy, Lord, the only God, and Your deeds are wonderful. You are strong. You are great. You are the Most High. you are Almighty. You, Holy Father are King of heaven and earth. You are Three and One, Lord God, all Good. You are good, all Good, supreme Good, Lord God, living and true. You are love. You are wisdom. You are humility. You are endurance. You are rest. You are peace. You are joy and gladness. You are justice and moderation. you are all our riches, and You suffice for us. You are beauty. You are gentleness. You are our protector. You are our guardian and defender. You are our courage. You are our heaven and our hope. You are our faith, our great consolation. You are our eternal life, Great and Wonderful Lord, God Almighty, Merciful Savior.