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Thanks from the Coyles

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Dear WMF Friends,

Thank you so much for your support of the Bible School Ministry here in Ukraine. Your prayers are integral, and we depend on them as we look to the Lord for His grace and power to work in and among us here.

Our Bible School students are on Christmas break now, and we request prayer for them as they spend time with their families and close ones. Would you pray especially for protection, assurance and comfort of His presence, guidance in family relationships, opportunities to share the Lord, and for His blessing in their lives? They are an awesome group, and we know you would love them!

We hope that each of you has a joy-filled and peaceful Christmas as we celebrate our Savior.

Love in Christ,
Andy and Monica Coyle

God’s Wisdom in Answering Prayer

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My sister-in-law, Tammy, decided to give out plastic cups one Halloween instead of candy.  One of her kindergarten students came to her door and Tammy placed the cup in her bucket.  “Is there candy to go with that?”  she asked.  Tammy replied “No”.  The student sighed and said, “Well, it’s better than nothing.”  I laughed and then I realized that when God answers prayers, sometimes, my response might as well be “Well it’s better than nothing.”  Shame on me for ever doubting God’s wisdom.

Wanting Our Vote and Needing Our Prayers

When I was younger, I loved getting to go into the voting booth with my mom and/or dad. There was something so cool about that private cubicle; something so mysterious about that large sheet of paper that held names I’d only heard of; something so empowering about those little dark circles next a few choice names that my parents let me see. No longer do I get to sneak into the voting booth with Mom or Dad; and unfortunately, here in western North Dakota, I don’t even get to stride into a voting booth with my big adult self. Instead, I voted on an absentee ballot on my ordinary kitchen table; the same place that I eat pizza and laugh at my family.

I could say a lot about the election tomorrow. I could comment on how you’re probably ready for the 2012 election to be over with. I could probably encourage you to use the blessed freedom we’ve been granted here in America.But I’m not.

All I’m going to say tonight – all I am going to encourage you to do tonight – is to pray. Because really, truly, how often do we do that? We know that we should pray for those who are in authority over us. We know that authority has been given to us by God. We know in our hearts that praying for our government leaders – whether we like them or not – is important to do. But do we actually do it? I know I don’t. What do you think would happen if we actually did?

“And what would happen if we prayed for those raised up to lead the way? Then maybe kids in school could pray and unborn children see light of day.”

“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority . . . ” – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Yes, vote. But after tomorrow, don’t let all the hype about presidents, congressmen, and governors cease. Whoever is elected – whether you like them or not – come before the Lord daily on their behalf. These men and women want our votes . . . but they need our prayers.

Praying for Your Pastor – Day 31

Ask God to heal any hurts that your pastor has suffered in the ministry. Pray that he will
serve the Lord with gladness, and encourage the congregation to worship God with a joyful, surrendered spirit.

To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.  Isaiah 61:3

Taken from Revive Our Hearts

Praying for Your Pastor’s Wife – Day 31

Pray that your pastor’s wife will be humble and authentic in her faith, not given to pride
or hypocrisy. Pray that she will have pure motives and give God glory for every gain or
victory.

He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?  Micah 6:8

But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  Gal 6:14

If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God or whether I speak from Myself.  “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.  John 7:17-18

Taken from Revive Our Hearts

Praying for Your Pastor’s Wife – Day 30

Pray that the Word will be her counselor, and that she will serve the Lord with gladness,
and encourage others to worship with a joyful, surrendered spirit.

To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.  Isaiah 61:3

Your testimonies also are my delight;
They are my counselors.  Psalm 119:24

Taken from Revive Our Hearts

Praying for Your Pastor – Day 30

Ask God to provide for the financial needs of your pastor and his family. Pray that he will
be a wise steward of both personal finances and church funds.

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.  Phil 4:19

Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”  Heb 13:5

But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.  1 Tim 6:11

I have been young and now I am old,
Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken
Or his descendants begging bread.  Ps 37:25

Taken from Revive Our Hearts

Praying for Your Pastor’s Wife – Day 29

Pray that your pastor’s wife will be a woman of faith and passionate love for God, not
giving in to worries, fears, or an uptight and anxious spirit.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.  1 John 4:18

Trust in the LORD with all your heart 
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, 
And He will make your paths straight.  Prov 3:5-6

Taken from Revive Our Hearts