Dear friends and prayer partners,
The global SU family will come together for the Global Week of Prayer 2-6 November. It will take on different forms depending on our various situations – we will be praying as individuals during our private prayer times, or as communities in SU offices and churches. We will see each other either face-to-face or ‘just’ virtually. But we want to unite as a Community of Faith in prayer, asking God for his Kingdom to come through the global Church and our SU ministries.
You will find some prayer items in this edition of the Prayer News for each of the respective days of the Global Week of Prayer. More materials and prayer opportunities will also be available online.
While I was thinking of our prayer time together, I was reminded of the well-known story of Moses and the Amalekites. After many days of wandering in the wilderness they had tried to rest for a while, but the place was barren and there was no water to drink. God provided for the water, which was a great miracle. However, they did not have a lot of time to recover before the next challenge came along in the form of the Amalekites – who would become the arch enemies of Israel for many years.
I am wondering how Moses and the other leaders felt. Maybe they said: “Oh no, not another challenge. Not another thing we have to deal with, we just got the water issue sorted – well, actually God sorted it for us! But anyway, how are we going to deal with these rough combatants? Our people are not experienced in war. We are tired. Not another fight, please!”
I can imagine that some of our SU leaders are feeling the same way. “How can we feed our staff? How are we going to deal with the financial impact of Covid-19? How do we need to set up our ministries for a post-Corona world? Please, we do not need new regulations from the government. Oh no, not another challenge!”
But we all know what happened next. Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill to pray to God. Joshua and several chosen fighters fought the Amalekites. And miracles happened again – the hands of Moses which were stretched out to God, were more effective than all the weapons of the Amalekites.
What an important lesson this was for the Israelites. They had to learn to trust in God´s miraculous intervention, not in their own fighting strength. The battle was decided by the worshippers and not by the soldiers!
In our modern times, in which activity is valued more than silence and prayer, this story is a humbling lesson. We can fight as much as we want – but if it is not imbedded in prayer and God´s wonderful provision, we will lose.
Let us stand up for each other before God on a regular basis, but also use the Global Week of Prayer as a special time to ask for God´s miraculous intervention.
Warmest greetings and blessings,