Sister McRittgers

Effectual Fervent Prayer

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The “effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16).

Little can be accomplished in the work of the Kingdom of God without prayer. Much can be accomplished if we are faithful in calling upon our living Lord.

Praise Reports:

  • We praise the Lord for answering prayer for brother Tim Woodard, who is our newest member of the IHA Board and has been greatly afflicted but is now improving.
  • We are also glad to hear that board Member Larry Smith, has also survived a [click to continue…]


Latest Call to Prayer

by Jim Kerwin on April 3, 2013

Pray for One Another

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I am reminded of James 5:16 which reads in part  “…Pray one for another…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  This is one of several places in the Word we are exhorted to pray for one another.  Let us also begin to spend special time as the Lord leads us in times of private and corporate prayer for our week of Camp Meeting this June 9-14.  Let us pray that the message of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14) will be proclaimed with power and anointing of the blessed Holy Spirit.  Pray espcially for our workers:


November 2012 Call to Prayer

by Jim Kerwin on November 3, 2012

Prayer—A Divine Mystery

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[From a clipping in my files, written by an unknown author.  It is a challenge to me to give myself to prayer with a deeper dimension, and I trust it will be a challenge to others as well.]

Has it ever occurred to you that the design of prayer in the divine economy is a fantastic mystery? Why should there be a system or plan of prayer at all? Is not God almighty and self-sufficient? Could He possibly need any help outside of Himself? Self-sufficiency is one of the attributes of God. Does He need anything that man or any other of His creatures can supply?  Could not He who spoke the worlds into existence and Who upholds them by that same word accomplish His purposes without the help of puny man?

Then why did He divise the plan of prayer?  Why and how did He become “dependent” upon the intercession of men? Why can He do nothing [click to continue…]


October 2012 Call to Prayer

by Jim Kerwin on October 10, 2012

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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…]


Special Prayer Request

by Jim Kerwin on August 24, 2012

Pray for Sister McRittgers

Woman in burkaSome of you are aware that one of our own, someone we’ll designate as “Sister McRittgers,” has once again departed for the 10/40 Window. She will be tent-making while she lives with a local Muslim family, working on her language skills and absorbing more of the culture.

How can you pray? Petition for:

  • Traveling mercies while in transit and protection in a foreign country
  • A real joining of hearts with her host family
  • Facility in learning the language and wisdom in perceiving and adapting to the culture
  • Sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit as she seeks to minister to her host family and her new friends.

If you can imagine how much prayer support you would like in a similar circumstance, then you know how much your faithful prayer support will mean to Sister McRittgers.

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