Updated January 2018
Dear Prayer Partner,
Recently, I listened to a very good Bible teacher who emphasized the importance of praying “in Jesus’ name.” The scripture he referenced was John 14:13-14: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” It was a good reminder for me of the importance of praying “in Jesus’ name.” But, what does it mean to pray “in Jesus’ name”?
Saying the words “in Jesus’ name” is certainly not a magical formula that, if tacked on to the end of a prayer, will guarantee that we will get what we want.
As I researched the phrase, I found that there were two aspects to praying in Jesus’ name. First, it means in all the power and authority of Jesus. If, for example, an ambassador speaks in the name of the President of the United States, it means that he is speaking with all the power and authority of the President.
Secondly, it means that we are praying in accordance with the Jesus’ character and will. This aspect of asking in Jesus’ name is clarified in 1 John 5:14-15. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” We also see the concept of praying in accordance to God’s will at the very beginning of the Lord’s prayer when it says, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” The heart attitude of praying in accordance with God’s will, rather than demanding our own way, should permeate every aspect of prayer as well as being verbally stated.
As we bring the prayer requests before God that are mentioned at the bottom of this letter, we can approach God boldly with our prayers because we come with all the authority of Jesus. We also approach God humbly, not seeking our own selfish desires, but seeking to pray in accordance with Jesus’ will and character.
New Prayer Requests and Answers from Last Prayer Newsletter
- A wonderful praise: The Lord sent volunteers to get the Welcome Center completed. The new wing to the school building is now occupied. It is wonderful! We are especially thankful for Volunteer Mobile Missions who agreed to come help us push through to the very end of the project. Such a blessing!
- Please pray for volunteers to come to renovate the old office area into an apartment.
- Please continue to pray for the selection of the Executive Director-Child Care. Despite having placed employment announcements with the Christian colleges, three Christian professional organizations, one Christian professional employment service, and Christian Standard Media as well as having contacted other Christian children’s homes, we have received no resumes from qualified applicants. Please pray that God will continue to guide.
- Please pray for God’s guidance as we seek to help more girls by acquiring an existing facility in another location or building a second girls’ home on our campus.
- Since the last prayer newsletter, God has sent Skylar to join the Caldwell home. He is doing great. We still have four openings in the boys’ houses. Please pray that God will send us the right boys at the right time.
- I asked Kris McCarter how our faithful prayer partners could pray for her house. I will share her response in her own words. “I talked with the girls last New Year’s Eve about how it’s impossible to stay the same in our relationship with Christ. I told them in one year I would ask them if they were closer or further from Christ and ask them to explain why or why not. So indeed, this year I followed up. Two said further; one just never tells the truth about anything; and five said closer. Pray for Lord’s protection, direction, and further growth for the five; pray for the two to surrender their everything to the Lord (their control and selfishness stand in the way); and pray for the one to be honest.
- I also received a prayer request from Kim McCain, houseparent for one of the boys’ houses. She asked that you pray for the softening of three boys’ hearts who have not yet accepted Christ.
Prayer Requests Summarized
I realize that I have been a little wordy with these prayer requests. Below is a quick summary of the six requests:
- Thanksgiving for the volunteers God sent to finish the Welcome Center.
- Volunteers to renovate the old office into an apartment
- The right person to fill the Executive Director-Child Care role.
- A new girls’ home to increase the ministry.
- The right boys to fill our boys’ houses to capacity.
- Spiritual growth of the girls and boys currently in our program.
Thanks for your prayer support. It means a lot!
In Christian Love,
Arvin L. Moden, Administrator