This week I spoke and led prayer at the Dodge Baptist Association. We had wonderful seasons of prayer. And strewn throughout the hour and a half we also talked about ongoing prayer events, habits, etc. they could do, both corporately and individually back in their churches.
The full list that we talked about is below, but I want to focus briefly on the Cancer Support Group.
Under the Pulpit Ministry
Sunday School Prayer Photos
Sons of Thunder (monthly or more)
Periodic Prayer Meetings (at church)
Make and Open a Prayer Room
40 Days of Prayer Leading up to Revivals
Annual Prayer Conference
National Day of Prayer
Accountability Prayer Partner
Leaders Praying for Your Charges
Ministries’ Prayer Coordinators
Operation Nativity Scene
Corporate 40 Hour Fast
-Church Parking lot
Cancer Support Group
Short Term Missions Prayer Captain
Conference Call Prayer
Deacon’s Prayer Retreat
Praying for Another for the Rest of Your Life
Of course the list is by no means complete, but it is a good start.
Regarding the Cancer Support Group I always tell people to NOT start it if you are not willing to be up late at night talking to folks. But assuming you are willing to talk to folks as much as is needed, START IT! For it will be incredibly rewarding, not just to you, but also to those who participate.
My prayer partner was diagnosed with cancer, a good 9 years ago, and at that time the doctor said he had 1 year to live. My friend called me and I went to his home where we spent 5 hours together, on our knees and in the Word. When I left he said these words, “Bro. Mark, I want to finish spent.”
He has always been an encourager, but from that day on he has been discipling men and reaching out to them in wonderful ways, including now, helping me with about 30 Prayer Conference Calls per week. And, he has remained an incredible encourager!
My friend also has the distinction of being a founding member of a rather robust cancer support group at his church. And from this time he spends with them on Wednesdays has come something that he says, in prayer often, which I had never heard before. It is from poet, educator and Christian, Robert L Lynn.
And I think it bears repeating here:
Cancer is so limited…
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit.
Author: Dr. Robert L. Lynn
When my prayer partner shares this poem he often say, “That’s why we focus on Christ, not cancer.”
Start a Cancer Support Group and be blessed, as well as being a blessing to others.
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Yes, this is the same woman who in book 1 Alexander Rich is falling in love with, even though he doesn’t realize it yet. And, forgive me, but I do not know when he realizes it. Will it be the second or the third book?
I don’t know, so I just jumped ahead and started writing, I mean, and found her writings.
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We know that He spoke the words and the worlds lept into existence, right?
And, Isaiah 66:1 tells us that He uses this earth as His footstool, while the next verse tells us that He is close to the lowly, making Him both infinite and intimate, right?
The understanding that we have of His incredible love for us is so clear that we have no doubt of it, right?
And yet, so often the real reminder that we need when we’re praying is that His timing is trustworthy. Whew!
Now that’s tough, right?
Author and Speaker