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Embrace Prayer

In today’s Daily Guideposts 2021, the writer, Amy Eddings, wrote about a time when she prayed relentlessly for guidance and courage – and felt her prayers were going unanswered. Have you ever felt that you were praying relentlessly for something and your request(s) seemed to be falling on deaf ears?

I remember last year when Australia was on fire and so many animals were dying and losing their habitats. I prayed along with the rest of our world for rain… but the fires raged on.

I have recently been praying incessantly for our Pastor Nominating Committee at our church. If you have followed my blog for awhile, you have read my sermon notes on Sunday from our Madison Valley Presbyterian Church. You know our pastor of 32 years died a year ago and we have a wonderful temporary pulpit fill who came out of retirement to help us. Rev. Hundley needs to be able to re-retire. So, we are searching for a solo pastor and I am praying hard. I believe in the power of prayer – and I believe in God’s perfect timing. Don’t you?

So, will you add my prayer request to your prayer list?
“Lord, help the Madison Valley Presbyterian Church
Pastor Nominating Committee
find the person God already has in mind for us.
Help them find the right new pastor
to lead the congregation into renewed spiritual growth in 2021.”

My husband, Bob, has been praying incessantly, too.
He is on our church’s leadership board
and as such is the “elder” in charge of Buildings and Grounds.
Our church owns an old church that is about 10 miles out of Ennis
in a tiny little village called McAllister.
The church was built in the 1880’s.
MVPC uses it once a year to maintain its
tax-free status as a “place of worship.”
It is in a serene country setting on a little over an acre of land.
It has electricity, but no water or septic system.
The church is for sale. We’re praying for the right buyer.

McAllister Church

Please add this to your prayer list, too, will you?
“Lord, send the right buyer to Rikki at Berkshire-Hathaway in Ennis, MT
– a person who will treasure this historic building
and use it for wholesome purposes.”

Gerry Mooney Photography
McAllister Church

and pray with a right spirit,
God hears, God cares, God answers.

Philippians 4:6,7: Pray about everything

“Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything,
by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving,
present your request to God.”

1 John 5:14: God always hears

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God:
that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”


and keep you safe and healthy.
That’s my prayer for you today.

Thanks for visiting JanBeek.
Have a blessed Monday.
See ya tomorrow.

This is my favorite prayer… and I pray it fervently.
It spells out my purpose in life … to be an instrument of God’s peace…

Sing along … and be blessed!


Comments on: "Embrace Prayer" (13)

  1. Praying fervently with you and Bob.🙏

    • Thank you so much, {{{Fran}}}. Bob wants me to share with you how much he appreciated your music last Sunday. Soooo beautiful!! <3

  2. I’m praying these prayers along with others. What a beautiful church, Jan. My grandfather pastored for 60 years (he’d be 111 if alive today). That church reminds me of every church in which he led. God delivers definitely in his timing. And I’ve prayed fervently over time, at times, wondering,…yet having full faith he always provides the way, the answer, the results that give all glory right back to him. Isn’t he amazing? Happy New Year xoxo 💚🙏🏻

    • Thank you so much for your prayers and for sharing about your grandfather. What a wonderful legacy!

      • You’re very welcome, Jan. And thank you for the kind comment. I have such wonderful memories and he did leave quite a legacy. ❤️

  3. Agreeing with you in prayer. God is able. Hugs!

  4. Anonymous said:

    I am praying with you and Bob 🙏🏻. God has a reason for everything and I do believe his timing is perfect. Hopefully God will provide the perfect pastor for your church ❤️

    • Thank you… just received this over a year later. It was in a folder to be approved. Go figure! Anyway, thanks for your kind words. We did find a wonderful pastor! <3

  5. I’m praying you find the right person for your church! And soon! Love you, Mom 🥰

  6. I hope you get th right buyer

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