A Structured Plan for Effective Prayer Enid Sanford, Staff Writer
Throughout the Bible, we are admonished to pray—for God’s will to be done, for one another as believers, for the next generation, for the church, for those who are not yet part of the family of God, and for our own needs.
Here at Rio Grande, we covet the prayers of God’s people because we know we cannot serve Him adequately in our own strength or with our own knowledge and abilities.
But there are so many staff members and students and projects! How do you, our friends, know whom to pray for, and how can it be done in a systematic, rather than a hit-and-miss, fashion?
Yes, when it comes to praying for missions and ministries, sometimes we need a little help. And that is where the monthly Rio Grande Prayer Calendar comes in. Since 1990 we have been publishing this little paper which includes a prayer request for each day of the month. We list requests for our staff, students, alumni, and campus events.
Besides the requests—which must be concise because of space constraints—we also include a passage of Scripture for each day. If you are looking for a Bible reading plan, ours will take you through the Old Testament one year and the New Testament the following year.
We are so thankful for the wonderful group of people who use our Prayer Calendar. They are our prayer partners who faithfully follow the individuals and events mentioned and lift them up to the Father. We know that they will be greatly rewarded one day for the part they have played in this ministry through their prayers.
It always warms our hearts to hear from those who are using this publication or to receive a request from a new person who wants to be added to the mailing list.
I know one dear lady who not only prays for the requests listed in the current issue, but who also keeps all the copies and goes back through them again later. Another prayer partner wrote to ask for a copy of the Scripture reading schedule to give to a friend of hers. Also, from time to time, others contact us with a question about a person they have prayed for, wondering where they are now or how God answered their particular request. And it is always rewarding to hear from those who were prayed for, reporting how God moved in answer to prayer.
These are exciting days at RGBM, with important building projects taking place this winter and other advancements being made in the ministry. We realize afresh how much we are dependent on prayer for God’s direction in each area. Prayer is our mighty resource, as we are reminded in James 5:16: “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
To receive the Prayer Calendar so that you may pray for RGBM in a more effective and systematic way, please send your name and address to email@example.com. Thank you and God bless you as you pray!