Friday, July 13, 2012
The Vision (7/12/12): Prayer Support
“For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” (Ephesians 2:18)
When I was editing John Owen’s Gospel Church Government last year, one of the passages that really struck me concerned prayer as part of the fellowship that churches and individual Christians enjoy. Owen makes the following point:
They have a blessed fellowship in prayer continually. This fellowship is more evident in that the prayers of all are for all. There is not a single particular church or a single member of any of them that does not have the prayer support of all the churches in the world and all the members of them every day. Though this fellowship is invisible to the eyes of flesh, it is glorious to the eye of faith. It is a part of the glory of Christ the mediator in heaven. This fellowship in prayer gives to all churches a communion far more glorious than any outward rite or plan of men’s devising (p. 101).
Upon reading this passage, I particularly remember being deeply humbled and encouraged as I considered the fact that though the prayers of the saints and the intercession of Christ, I had “the prayer support of all the churches in the world and all the members of them every day.” The Lord knows our needs. An army of his saints are constantly praying for the concerns of his people and for the expansion of his kingdom. We have prayer support.
Grace and peace, Pastor Jeff Riddle