Camp Meeting 2013

October 2012 Call to Prayer

by Jim Kerwin on October 10, 2012

Picture of Rev. Don ThurmanBro. Don Thurman

As I write my article on prayer for the IHA Web page, I have just experienced a special financial blessing from the Lord, and I am impressed to challenge all of us in the IHA family with this question: Are we expecting too little from our majestic Lord concerning the ministry of IHA?

As I consider that question, I am reminded of the Ephesian passage that says, “Now unto Him that is  able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). What comes to mind immediately after that is how God granted more to Solomon than he had asked for, as we read in 1 Kings 3:13: “And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honor…”  And the recepient of those added blessings has written, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).

As one of the great holiness teachers of our day has said, “If the message of entire sanctification is correct (and it is), let us proclaim and promote it with all that is within us; if not, let us abandon it.” (Richard S. Taylor)

So let us offer the fervent prayer of a righteous people for the effective ministry of the IHA in the sanctification of believers from every corner of our state and beyond, from every church regardless of name and affiliation, from every race and nationality, from the young and the old. “Without holiness no man will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).  Holiness is for everyone who will believe!

Rev. Don Thurman

A Postscript from Jim Kerwin [click to continue…]

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I've asked Brother Don Thurman to continue writing his IHA Calls to Prayer because the IHA's overall ministry, as well as its next camp meeting, is only as effective as our work before the Throne of Grace.

INTERCESSORY PRAYER

We will give ourselves continually to prayer and the ministry of the Word.
Acts 6:4

Picture of Rev. Don ThurmanBro. Don Thurman

Our text reminds us of the commitment and priority to prayer and the ministry of the Word of our Lord which the early Fathers practiced and must be our practice as we carry on the work of the Lord in our day. The practice of prayer and the ministry of the Word must not be separated, but kept together. And this is especially true as we engage in intercessory prayer. As we pray for others, let us not only lift their needs to the throne of grace from which their needs may be met, but let us hear the Word of the Lord for them as we lift their need to the Lord. And that will not only guide us in what we pray for them but as we have opportunity we can share that Word with them.

May we be faithful in giving ourselves to prayer and the ministry of His Word.

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