UpBuilding Men, Women, and Children in Practical Christianity

January 2003 Monthly Letter

Dear Partner In Ministry,

“Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when He ceased, one of His disciples said to Him, 'Lord, teach us to pray.” Luke 11:1

While I was at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Paula, California, the Lord inspired me to compose a GOODNESS prayer for both individuals and couples to pray with or for their loved ones.

It is modeled after Jesus’ prayer for His disciples in John 17. Since it is His words, it is therefore His will for us.

I encourage you to consider making a 30 day prayer covenant with another person and praying it with or for each other during that time. You will note that there are two versions of it, one side for individuals and the other for those married.

Jesus said, “If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7

Again, He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, He will give it to you in My name. Hitherto you have asked nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, that your joy (GOODNESS) may be full.” John 16:23b-24

I am now using this prayer in the UpBuilding Weekend sessions. It is having profound effects upon those praying it with a partner, family member, or mate.

To help participants get started, I suggest each person pray in alternating fashion the indented bold italicized script under each letter of “GOODNESS” with one another, either out loud or silently according to the preference of each individual. (God hears our silent heart’s expressions as well as our audible words.)

For many, this is the first time they have prayed with another person. For others, the first time they have prayed outloud! A frequent written comment by those attending the session for Couples is: “This is the first time in our 20+ years of marriage that we have prayed together! Thank you for helping us get started.”

So, please try it for yourself. See what happens! I would be pleased to learn what GOODNESS in your life results from it. Let me know.

Thank you for your inspired prayers for me and for UpBuilding Ministries. I appreciate your partnership and faithful support. We, like other ministries and churches experienced a downsizing in financial giving in 2002. Yet, God is always true to His Word: “He will supply all of your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 And He has faithfully done so — through you!


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