Words from the Heart for Saturday September 17th, 2016
For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.
Ephesians 1:15-16 (NIV)
Remembering in Prayer
Your church family is full of people who are desiring to follow the Lord, grow in grace, and love one another. Pray that their faith will grow and love will increase.
It has been said that the Korean conflict is Canada’s forgotten war. But Veteran’s Affairs Canada has not forgotten and has a webpage called Canada Remembers the Korean War. As with the two world wars that preceded Korea, Canadians volunteered for military service far from home. More than 26,000 Canadians served in the Korean War, including sailors from eight destroyers and airmen who took part in many combat and transport missions. Canada’s military contribution was larger, in proportion to its population, than most other UN participants. Many made the ultimate sacrifice, and lie buried in countries far from their homes and loved ones. The names of 516 Canadians who died in service during the conflict, many of them in the prime of life, are inscribed in the Books of Remembrance located in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.
One of the greatest gifts we can give someone is the promise of prayer. Even many who have no personal relationship with Jesus Christ believe in prayer. In fact, in a poll released last year, 9 out of 10 Canadians say they pray regularly. That’s more than say they believe in God. I’m not sure who those who don’t believe in God are praying to, but nonetheless, they pray. This isn’t surprising. God has built eternity into the heart of every human being. And because of that, people pray. And this gives those of us who know Jesus by faith a great opportunity to express the love of Jesus. In his letter to the Christians at Ephesus, the apostle Paul writes this in Ephesians 1:15-16: “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.” Paul was always lifting up these Ephesian believers in prayer. He took the opportunity to thank God for these faithful Christ followers, thanking the Lord for them continually. It is a good word for us too. We all have people who have been a blessing to us. We all know fellow Christians who are standing strong in Christ and who are an example of godliness in a godless world. Pray for them with thanksgiving, asking God to continually bless them for their faithfulness and love.
These have been words from the heart.