This resolution of Daily United Prayer is based on An Humble Attempt, originally put forward by Jonathan Edwards in 1748. Its design is to encourage God's people in the duty of united extraordinary prayer; setting aside some time every day to pray for the revival of His church and the advancement of Christ's kingdom in our homes, in our churches, in our nation, and in the world.
The above is a picture sent to me by Nicole Henderson of the last entry in her mother Kathryn's prayer journal before she passed away the very next day. Kathryn was on these prayer calls faithfully every day. She passed away very unexpectedly last week just one day after Sallie B passed awayâ€”another faithful praying participant.
I find it very touching that Kathryn kept a journal of these daily prayer meetings. She not only took down notes from the prayer talk but also added her own prayer in written form. As you can see, she makes mention of Sallie B's passing and the joy that she is presently experiencing in heaven. She is praying for more prayer warriors to take the place of those that have gone to gloryâ€”not knowing that she herself would be next to be called to heaven. She even had a note to pray for the Holy Spirit and the manifest Presence of God at the Foundations Conference. Not often do you find the prayer journal of a prayer warrior one day before their death. A very precious thing indeed.
Here is Kathryn's final prayer of 11/27/21:
Father God we glory only in you, the one true God, full of grace and mercy. You fill our hearts with glory. Draw near to us today in our united hour of prayer for we come together as one to seek your face. We do not sorrow as others do, for we know that fleshly death leads to heavenly life. We are so grateful to be together to fellowship with you in reverence. Lord, we lift up Linda's heart and soul for comfort and revival. Lord give us new prayer warriors to continue on as you call up the ones who have prayed faithfully over time. It is in Christ's name we pray. Amen.
Heavenly Father help your children to move forward in faithful prayer for the needs of the world. Lord we are warriors, Christian soldiers on a united vision that you have imparted to us: Advancement of the Kingdom of God. We know that this is not our home anymore and we desire to join you in heaven. Please Father God invite us to join you soon. We love you. Amen.
I was so touched and moved by this final prayer of Kathryn. What a blessing. I wish to share with you Nicole's email and prayer request:
I am in NH and staying with my stepdad in the home that my mother left her warm and loving mark all over (a very difficult thing to be in her home and her not be here).
This morning I woke early with anticipation of having my time with the Lord using her well worn marked up Bible. It looked like a well worn pair of jeans. I know Iâ€™ve shared this before but Iâ€™ll share it again, there was a time when I prayed for her to be a Christian and to love the Lord with all her heart and to love His Word. What an answer to prayer her life was.
I also spent time in her United Prayer journal and the last few days were just amazing to me as she wrote about desiring to go home.
I shared the fact that she wanted to be in heaven more than anything with a few family members on Friday and they all looked at me like I was crazy!
I wish to bring this journal to the funeral tomorrow and share the many times she wrote about this earth not being our home and then share the reason for her hope of eternal life with the Creator and God of all the earth.
I need strength to do this as I am so weak and weary right now. My one brother still wonâ€™t even acknowledge me.
My mom wished for me to have her Bible and prayer journals. As much as I really desire to have them I am going to leave them for now with the hopes that family will read them and perhaps God can use it to change hearts. Meryl shared a story of the same thing happening with her sisters.
The funeral is THIS MONDAY morning at 11:00 a.m. EST. Please be praying for Nicole and for the funeral service. Pray that God will work in the family.
We invite you to join our dedicated and earnest group of praying participants of all ages from around the world that meet every day over Zoom to pray. At the start of each prayer call, a different individual will bring a brief Scriptural meditation. Here's the most recent: