THANKFUL FOR WOMEN WHO PRAY
I had a grandmother who prayed for me, along with other women that cared about my future. They may not have prayed specifically how my life would turn out, but they prayed – that is the point. You should stop right now to remember and thank the Lord for such women in your life.
It is good for us to be reminded of those in previous generations who were praying for us. Paul reminded Timothy of where his “sincere faith” started. It “dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well” (2 Timothy 1:5). It is obvious that Paul had asked about his history and discovered what influenced him.
Now that Timothy is with Paul, Silas and Luke, he is going to learn how to appreciate godly women. They entered Philippi and “went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer” (Acts 16:13). In seeking this place, they found “women who had come together. One who heard us was a woman named Lydia…who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul” (16:14). Imagine their influence in prayer!
If we had time and space here, we could trace how Lydia and other women played a significant role in spreading the gospel to Rome and elsewhere. Read Romans 16 where Paul mentions Phoebe, Aquila, Mary, and the sister of Nereus.
We are very conscious that there are sisters in the Lord (one in her nineties) who pray for us and this ministry on a daily basis. We are indebted to God for their faithfulness. Are you thankful for such women in your life and ministry?
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