A community characterised by persistent prayer

by EU GradsFund

What defines evangelicals today? We seem to be great ministry activists, with sophisticated plans, but to what extent could we be called people of prayer?

The vision of the EU Graduates’ Fund is to flood God’s church with lay and vocational Christian leaders. EU staff are dedicated to this task in their training and coaching of EU student leaders. And yet we know, “Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

Raising up mature disciples of Jesus who serve in God’s global church for the rest of their lives is not something that can be achieved merely through human ingenuity. It is a spiritual work that requires God’s kind provision. When confronted by crowds who were harassed and helpless, Jesus told his disciples to “ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:38). Amidst the dire needs of our world today, humble petition remains a mandate for God’s people.

When confronted by crowds who were harassed and helpless, Jesus told his disciples to “ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field” (Matthew 9:38). Amidst the dire needs of our world today, humble petition remains a mandate for God’s people.

Prayer is a counter-cultural act. In a fast-paced, media-soaked, and productivity-focused culture, many view prayer as a waste of time. Even in Christian ministry, it can be easy to obsess over metrics, strategic plans, and effective communications. Yet the tasks which the apostles devoted themselves to more than any other were “prayer and the ministry of the word” (Acts 6:4).

In prayer we express our utter dependence on God. We invite His surpassingly-powerful work to occur through clay jars such as ourselves (2 Cor. 4:7). And our eyes are opened to the fact that he is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20).

Our hope is that persistent prayer will be a defining characteristic of the EU GradsFund community. Will you partner with us in prayer to the Lord of the harvest?

Almighty God, Lord of the harvest, we pray that you would send more gospel workers into your world.
We ask that you would use the humble efforts of EU staff and students to develop mature disciples who will
serve your church for the rest of their lives.
You are able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, so we pray you would grow our trust in your mighty power.
To you be the glory, now and forever.
Amen.

James Flood

EU Senior Staffworker

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