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How One Labours in Prayer

How One Labours in Prayer

He labours in prayer. Watch carefully. The old man rises while it is still dark. Gathering a worn robe around his thin shoulders, he glides, silent as a shadow, to the kitchen table.

by Ron Hughes

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This is his time to work.

From between the back page and cover of his Bible, he withdraws several pieces of paper and a map, and spreads them strategically before him. When everything is in its place, he picks up the stub of a pencil and begins to review their contents.

His lips move silently as he makes notes beside names. Sometimes a smile tugs at his lips. At other times, a tear slips unheeded from his eye. Occasionally, a deep groan breaks the silence. Dots, checkmarks, and underscores reveal his careful attention to every person, project, and passion on the pages before him.

Once-strong fingers flutter over the map as he remembers fellow-servants of His Lord seeking to make a difference in the strongholds of enemy territory. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear him speaking aloud now — challenging the evil one to remember his ultimate defeat and beseeching the Spirit to move in power in the lives of His people and in the communities where they live.

We didn’t notice the mounting tension in the small frame, but intensity grew from the moment he sat down.

Now suddenly, we are aware of release.

His face leaves the cluttered surface of the table and rises to see beyond the confines of the room. Shoulders relax. His face beams. Upturned hands resting on the table turn palm-up to receive the invisible strength refreshing him after his labours.

They say he is too old to work now. He knows he has never worked harder.

He labours in prayer.

Epaphras, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. (Colossians 4:12 NKJV)


Heavenly Father, thank You for reminding me that spiritual work is done by your Spirit.  Thank you for giving me a part to play through prayer even when the people and situations in which You are working are far away.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.


How one man can seek to make a difference in the strongholds of enemy territory. (Tweet this)


Ron Hughes

Ron is president of FBH International , a multi-language media ministry and maintains an active itinerant speaking ministry in churches and conferences.  Ron is a professional member of The Word Guild and has one published book, “Refresh: 19 ways to boost your spiritual life”, and is working on several other writing projects. Much of his writing is published on the ministry website and has been used in radio broadcasts.

Ron has been married to Debbie since 1976.  They have four children, one of whom is married.  They live on a 100 acre farm in the Niagara region which they share with a few horses, chickens, cats and a dog.


Can You be a Pinch Hit Prayer Warrior?

Pinch Hit Prayer Warrior

by Stephanie Nickel

Can you be a pinch hit prayer warrior?

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We all know them
The pray-ers
Those we can go to
When we are burdened
For ourselves
Or someone else

They’re the 1:00 AM Prayer Warriors
We don’t have to worry about disturbing them
It’s no surprise when we find
They’re already awake
In prayer
Maybe even for us

But what happens
When the pray-ers
Are tired
Or knocked out of the game
By a ball they didn’t see coming

Who can they call on
When they have to sit out
For an inning or two

When we’re called in to be
A pinch hitter
Will we be ready?

Not to do things like the Warriors always have
But to face the challenge

Step up to the plate
And hit a home run
For the player on the bench
And the entire team

Who is now counting on us

Dear Lord . . . May I be willing to step up when those precious Prayer Warriors need to step back. I pray that You will surround them with Your love and peace. And may they rest assured that You will raise up those who will faithfully pinch hit on their behalf. Refresh them. Renew them. And restore them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Can You be a Pinch Hit Prayer Warrior? (tweet this)

Steph Beth Nickel

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Steph Beth is a wife of over 30 years and the mother of three grown children. Steph’s eclectic interests include writing, editing, fitness, and childbirth (she is also a labour doula).
Steph’s was honoured to co-author former Paralympian Deb Willows’ memoir. Living Beyond My Circumstances is scheduled for release at the end of November 2013.
Steph edits for Christian Editing Services under the leadership of Karen Burkett. She is a long-time member of The Word Guild and a recent member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.

Steph blogs at Steph’s Electic Interests. Her new author website, Steph Beth Nickel , is a work-in-progress.