Needy for Your Prayers
There are times when it’s the hardest thing in the world to admit we’re needy and to ask for help. Even as I prepare for Verity conference, my gut instinct is to plow through, making sure every task gets done. Without the prompting of the Spirit, I’m not even sure I’d stop to pray. Or when I do, it is easy to see prayer as just one more thing on the “to do” list. But beneath my “checklist mode” lurks a subtle lie. It’s the lie that with certain things – like making sure our speaker has a hotel or the lunches are ordered – I’ve got this covered all by myself.
It’s when I drop the ball and things unravel a bit that the truth comes to light: I can’t do anything apart from Christ. It shouldn’t come as a surprise. Jesus said it just about as plainly as he could: “Apart from me you can do nothing” (Jn. 15:5). Nothing? Yes, absolutely nothing. He is, after all, the one who holds all things together, including me. Now, I may manage to click some buttons without praying, but in the context of John 15, Jesus is specifically talking about bearing fruit. And that’s exactly what we want him to produce this weekend – fruit that will last.
Therefore, I have stopped my “checklist mode” just for the moment to ask you to pray. We need you to partner with us in prayer as we prepare for this event. Susan Jahn’s is going to be speaking about how Jesus is our great provision (the irony of her topic compared to my illusion of self-sufficiency is not lost on me!). And he is willing to provide all that we need this weekend. Moreover, he wants us to ask him to provide what we need, so that we can join him in this work.
Here are three ways you can pray:
Pray for the Bible teachers and teaching
As I mentioned, Susan is going to be teaching about the ways in which Jesus is our provision. In addition, there will be five workshops, each with a different topic, but all designed to train women to use the Bible well in their respective ministry contexts. Please ask the Lord to draw near to each teacher as she prepares. Like me, they must have the Spirit remind them of the need for their Father’s help. They must have fellowship with the Lord this week, faith in the gospel’s transforming power, clarity of mind, confidence in Christ, humility, and love for the women who come.
Pray for our host of volunteers
It’s astonishing how many people it takes to put on a conference like this one. We have people in charge of hospitality, worship, catering, logistics, cleaning . . . the list goes on and on. We even have volunteers to help coordinate our volunteers! Please pray that each person would know that the work they are doing is ultimately for Christ himself, and that it is pleasing to him. Ask the Lord to give them strength, health and love for the women they serve. Finally, pray that the Spirit would produce his good fruit as they serve.
Pray for the women who come
Though it is a mystery, we know from Scripture that each woman who comes is ultimately there because of God brought her there. He loves these women and wants to encourage them and use their labor to complete the work of building his church and bringing the good news to those who don’t yet know Christ. Please pray that he would meet each woman personally and teach her in the ways he wants her to grow. In addition, ask him for safe travels, health, and care for families at home.
Thank you once again for your prayers for Verity Conference. There’s still time to register if you want to come! And we’d love to hear the stories of how God led you to pray and how he answered. We are needy; he is our great provision. When we ask, he answers.