Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Here I am at New Wilmington Mission Conference. Such a dynamic gathering of people! So much excitement, vitality, nurture, prayer support, and love. And—the best part is that I can now consider myself a part of the Conference family.
Again and again, this week, I have heard about Resurrection power. We are to proclaim Jesus and His resurrection. That’s also the topic of the chapter for tonight from Praying the New Testament as Psalms. Our authors chose some excellent verses that highlight resurrection, true. However, I was the most moved by one adapted from Philippians 3:10-11.
“All I want is to know Christ and the power of His rising,/to share His sufferings,/to become like Him in His death,/that somehow I may attain resurrection.” 
Again and again this week, I have heard about the persecuted church. And, about the increase in how much and how often Christians around the world are suffering. Christians—or, as I have been reminded several times—Jesus-followers—are greatly in need. Not only in terms of physical needs and finances, but also in terms of prayer. Several times I have heard about small groups of Christians who would just request prayer from Christians in the “West.”
My heart is broken at the suffering. Truly. Yet—the resurrection power of the Cross overcomes. The resurrection power of the Cross is more powerful than anything else. We can become like Christ in His death “that somehow” that resurrection power can become active in our lives.
Dear Lord, gracious God. Bless this conference. Bless all the speakers here, and give them aid and assistance in both preparation and also I praise You for making such an awesome place to come. I would like for You to remind me of Your resurrection power. Please, God. Thanks for being there.
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 Praying the New Testament as Psalms, Desmond O’Donnell, OMI, and Maureen Mohen, RSM, (United States of America: ACTA Publications, 2002.), 169.