One of the blessings of the #pray127 initiative is that it has forced me to focus my prayer request for you each week. In reality, there are only a handful of you praying each week – 27 to be exact – and in a human sense, it might be easy to be discouraged about that.
But God doesn’t need an army of His created beings to accomplish His purposes.
- He used one man to part the Red Sea for a million Israelites.
- He whittled military personnel of 32,000 down to 300 and led Gideon over the Midianites.
- He used the prayers of Elisha to send angels on chariots of fire to strike the Syrians with blindness when they laid siege against Israel.
- He empowered one shepherd boy to defeat an entire army.
And this list goes on.
In this day and age of social media and online influencers, it’s easy to think that we must have an army of “followers” to complete our mission. But the reality is that God has always worked with a remnant – that is, a faithful few. If you’re receiving this email, I consider you one of the “faithful few” who read these requests, stop what you’re doing even if just for a minute, and intercede on our behalf. I cannot tell you what comfort and encouragement that brings me.
Tonight we’re having our special online event we’ve dubbed Fuel the Fight (for the fatherless). The idea was to create a reason for our Champions to gather, even if it’s just online, and be reminded of why the mission of Man Up is critical. Additionally, we’re asking for Champions to consider giving the equivalent of what a tank of fuel would cost. This will help us fuel the fight, or better stated, finance it, in these strange times.
I was reading in 2 Corinthians this morning and it just happened to be chapters 8 and 9, where Paul is writing to the Corinthians about the generosity of the Macedonians. It’s in that section where he gives his famous line, “…for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Will you pray today that God would move on the hearts of those who tune in to be cheerful givers? We’re not asking that everyone give, for that would be in contradiction of God’s Word in this case. We just want those who do give to give cheerfully.
Jeff Ford, CEO
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