Rivers and Prayer

The prophet poignantly states, “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5:24)

A river of any size or speed is movement and momentum. God is moving in the world, and we as His people must enter into that movement and what He is doing and desiring to do for the last and least on our planet. I have recently returned from Asia, and my heart is stirred in fresh ways of the realization that God’s people must pray in seeking justice and righteousness in the world. Our God has a global agenda for all nations of the earth. Our efforts, ideas, or plans are futile if not fueled by divine power and provision. Prayer does take on a private pattern but it should also be communal and shared with others. Further, it should be shared with believers who are perhaps not in your own group or church. Prayer unites! In an election year, candidates promise to unite us and not divide us. Perhaps it is effective political rhetoric, but we all know that our city and nation is polarized politically and ideologically. Prayer builds bridges and does a few things:

Prayer unites the church (Acts 2:42-47), Prayer moves the heart of God (Ex. 2:24, 2 Chron. 30:27), Prayer activates workers to the nations (Matt. 9:37-38), Prayer lifts up Christ and draws people to Him (Jn. 12:32), and Prayer begins new ministries and churches (Acts 1:14)

Please pray for the church around the world, mission workers you know, and for ServLife’s ministry. We are very grateful for your prayers.

Joel Vestal
(5/27/2008)

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