The more I read Paul’s writings, the more I am struck by how much he believes in—more than that, how much he utterly depends upon other people’s prayers.
Paul is aware of two significant truths. First, he in his weakness and sinfulness is utterly inadequate for the enormous, glorious task he has been given by God to do. But secondly, when people pray, God responds, and through these prayers he can fulfill his calling.
This weekend, both the Hinsdale and the Palos elders will be gathering (in two locations) to plan for the upcoming year and to consider carefully where God is directing Trinity. More and more I am aware of how insufficient we are for the task we elders have been given. And yet, God has given us prayer. Through the help of your prayer, I believe God can empower us to do what he calls us to do.
So, for this weekend, and throughout the year, I join with Paul in saying, "Brothers and sisters, pray for us."
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