Thank you for your prayerful support for the work of Langham Preaching around the world. This week, Ruth Slater, Associate Director for Langham Preaching, shares some thoughts that lead our hearts towards prayer.
When King Nebuchadnezzar commanded Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to worship an idol on pain of death, they replied: ‘…we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it…. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up’ Dan 3:16-18.
‘But even if he does not….’ Their faith is unwavering despite the acknowledgement that God may act differently to how they pray. We also experience these times— the disappointment and pain of God saying ‘no’ to our request or the silence of unanswered prayer. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego couldn’t see the future but they trusted God for it. Can we do the same?
The author of Revelation tells us that our prayers are as incense to the Lamb who was slain for the world. Our prayers, even the difficult ones to voice, are of value because in being spoken they acknowledge the sovereignty and wisdom of God and His trustworthiness, (Rev 5:8-9). Don’t give up hope. He is faithful. He is working in and through us and we can trust Him.
Let’s remember to give thanks…
The Langham Connect team, a global team that began meeting in October 2020 to learn to teach well in the virtual world, continue to deepen their relationships with one another and therefore the class time, both in small groups and together, is richer and more profitable. The excitement of these continental teams is obvious when talking about their work and how as members of a team, they complement one another. Thank God with us that these teams are flourishing when gathered and when scattered.
Please pray for the new and continuing work around the world…
Indonesia: Three virtual Level One seminars for individual preaching clubs happen this week across the islands: 1) In Sorong Papua, the first of six sessions with 12 participants facilitated by Tri Santoso, 2) In Bogor, the first of six sessions with six participants facilitated by Beatris Pangala, and 3) In Manokwari Papua, the second of six sessions with 12 participants facilitated by Gordon Hutabarat. ‘Please pray that the seminars will be implemented smoothly, have good internet connections, and give benefits to the participants.’
Thailand: The seventh of eight virtual sessions on preaching from Old Testament narrative, law, wisdom literature and Psalms takes place this week. Sim Churnai (coordinator) asks that we pray for the growing and active leadership team in Thailand and praise the Lord for the young pastors and other young people becoming new facilitators. They have ably assisted the team with the increased number of seminars and preaching clubs throughout the past year.
India: Please continue to pray for the Tripura virtual seminar meeting this week for the fifth session. Alongla Aier, Johnson Raih, and Kedo Peseyie are the facilitators for the 35 participants.
Jamaica: The second of three in-person sessions of a Level One seminar begins this week in St. Elizabeth parish. Please continue to pray for facilitators Lascelles Newman, Georgia Jervis, Dalkeith Bennett, Joel Bain, and Annett Brown (coordinator) and the 60 participants.
Thank you for your faithfulness in prayer!
The Langham Preaching Team