I used to think that the only way to do ministry was by going door to doo, or town to town, sort of like the disciples did during the earlier part of the Church.
Of course, I would neglect to remember that Paul made great use of the written word to communicate his message, and that many ministries have been grown by way of T.V. and radio over the years.
So even though, to me and to many of my mentors, personal contact has been the preferred way to do ministry, situations have caused this notion of “in person only” ministry to become more flexible over the years, at least to me.
As you probably know, part of the new way of ministry today involves the use of interactive websites. Many communions and congregations have a website. As part of their online ministry, a prayer submission page is usually provided. Millions of people submit prayer request on these prayer request pages. Some have brought this into question, while others have embraced it.
The opponents of prayer request pages wonder, ‘do this prayer request pages even work?’ Personally, I think they do. The podcast above deals with this issue of submitting prayer request on the internet. Listen to it and see what you think.
Psalms 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
9 His saving help is near for those who fear him, his glory will dwell in our land.
10 Faithful Love and Loyalty join together, Saving Justice and Peace embrace.
11 Loyalty will spring up from the earth, and Justice will lean down from heaven.
12 Yahweh will himself give prosperity, and our soil will yield its harvest.
13 Justice will walk before him, treading out a path.
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Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5
1 Then from the heart of the tempest Yahweh gave Job his answer. He said:
12 Have you ever in your life given orders to the morning or sent the dawn to its post,
13 to grasp the earth by its edges and shake the wicked out of it?
14 She turns it as red as a clay seal, she tints it as though it were a dress,
15 stealing the light from evil-doers and breaking the arm raised to strike.
16 Have you been right down to the sources of the sea and walked about at the bottom of the Abyss?
17 Have you been shown the gates of Death, have you seen the janitors of the Shadow dark as death?
18 Have you an inkling of the extent of the earth? Tell me all about it if you have!
19 Which is the way to the home of the Light, and where does darkness live? –
20 You could then show them the way to their proper places, you could put them on the path home again!
21 If you do know, you must have been born when they were, you must be very old by now!
3 Job replied to Yahweh:
4 My words have been frivolous: what can I reply? I had better lay my hand over my mouth.
5 I have spoken once, I shall not speak again; I have spoken twice, I have nothing more to say.
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According to the constitution of Iran its citizens are given freedom for religious practice. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani attempted to exercise his freedom of religion when school officials tried to enforced a government policy that required that all children study the Quran in school. As a result of his protest, the secret police demanded that pastor Youcef Nadarkhani appear before a political tribunal. He was arrested and was later charged with apostasy and evangelism of Muslims.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was tried on September 21, 2010 and was condemned to dead on November 13 for apostasy. Currently our brother in Christ is in jail were the authorities have tried every trick in the book, to include torture, medication, etc, in order to convert him back to Islam.
Since they were not able to convert him back to Islam, the authorities retaliated by arresting brother Youcef Nadarkhani’s wife, by putting her on trial without an attorney present, and sentenced our sister in Christ to life in prison. By the mercy of God, she was later released from prison after winning an appeal.
The authorities have not executed our brother Youcef Nadarkhani yet. While we are thankful that he is still alive, we know that he is still suffering tremendously at the hands of those who have unjustly put him in prison.
Let us pray that the Holy Spirit of God will descend upon our brother pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, and that his heart will be filled with an immeasurable courage and strength. That as he endures this unjust punishment from his torturers, his unwavering love for Christ will serve as a powerful evangelism tool like no other. Let us also pray for his family and for their safety. Finally Lord, we pray for the release of our brother. That as we join together in prayer, the shackles that blind those who have unjustly persecuted him will be removed from their hearts, and that compassion may move them to release our brother so he can be reunited with his family. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on our brother and on his family. In Christ we pray. Amen.