Today’s Verse: “Oh that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare His works with rejoicing.” Psalms 107:21-22 (NKJV)
I Give Thanks For: Prayer Partners
“Good morning, Ms. Kathy, I’m just wondering how I can pray for you this coming week?”
That is what I heard at the end of the telephone line so many times. A smile would break across my face. It was a voice I recognized. It was a call that I could count on, every week. My beloved prayer partner was touching base with me once again.
Prayer Partners. When you are in full-time Christian ministry of any kind, you count on prayer partners. They are those very special people who are called by God to pray, for you, for your family, for your ministry. They pray on your behalf before the throne of God. And together you watch God do some amazing things in your ministry. You wait together for answers to prayer. Together you grow closer as friends as you both grow in your prayer walk of faith with God.
Personally, I would be lost without my prayer partners. God has blessed me with many of them over my years of ministry. Each special in their own way. Yet, I know that no matter what my prayer request may be, I know I can count on them to pray!
Earlier this year, I lost, through death, one of my dedicated prayer partners. While I am glad that she was now released from her cancer and pain, and rejoiced that she was in the presence of her Lord and Savior in heaven, I knew I was going to miss her greatly. I miss our conversations about ministry. I miss her friendship. I miss her faithful support through prayer. I remember thinking, “God, who is going to take her place as prayer partner for me?”
Just a few days later I got this message, written on a little torn piece of paper, tucked in an envelope and sent in the snail mail. The note simply said: “Ms. Kathy am I too little to be a prayer partner for you? Cuz I think God wants me to be that for you. Will you please accept me for the job of being a prayer partner to you as you tell others about Jesus? I would be honored if you gave that job to me.”
All the sudden I realized, there were tears rolling down my cheeks. I wept! How precious is that note! How priceless a request!
Who is that new prayer partner? That note came from the same student who has challenged me to do “28 Days of Thanksgiving in the Book of Psalms.” My new prayer partner is one of my students who is just learning to pray, who is learning what answers to prayer look like, who is depending on God to listen and hear their requests, who is experiencing God’s answers to their own prayers. And in the midst of that, this student wants to be Ms. Kathy’s prayer partner.
How cool is that? I just smile at that precious thought. And I realize that I am blessed. Thank you God, for all the special prayer partners that you have sent my way. Each one, from the youngest to the oldest, are special in Your sight. They are special to me because they are a gift from You.
I am truly thankful for prayer partners and the wonderful ministry that they have in and through my life as a missionary teacher. Truly thankful!