I know that blogs can be too voyeuristic and can put personal lives on exhibit too often. But I receive great encouragement from my wife’s prayers. She writes to me most days to let me know that she is praying for me. It’s always an encouragement to receive her notes. She’s my beloved, and her prayers remind me that I am hers. I especially appreciate the prayers she sends me when she prays for my preaching. The Lord has a way of making them to be just the right encouragement. For example, I found great help this morning in this prayer she sent to me:
I’m praying for your sermon preparation and hope you have a fruitful time in the Word and prayer.
I was just looking for a verse to encourage you as you prepare to preach, and found it interesting to look at how “preach” is used in the old and new testaments. In the OT, most often preaching is against a city or rebellion of some sort. In the NT, preaching is often mentioned in the context of preaching the good news, preaching throughout the whole world, preaching to the poor, preaching the kingdom of God, preaching repentance, preaching the gospel, preaching in particular places, preaching Christ (and His unsearchable riches), and preaching to particular people.
So…I pray that you would preach in all these ways, against sin and rebellion toward God, and that you would preach the unsearchable riches of Christ in the gospel, which is good news for all who believe in Him, and which has power to save all those throughout the whole world who repent of their sin and trust in Him. I pray that you would do this boldly and fearlessly, as you should and as the Spirit enables.
That’s my “Shorty”! I am grateful to God that she is my wife. I have no doubt that whatever power exists in my preaching ministry comes from God’s faithful answers to such prayers. My wife has been a faithful partner in the gospel from the first day until now, and I love her for it. I see you in my eyes, Babe.
How does your wife encourage you in life and ministry?