Prayer

When Paul was raising funds for Jewish Christians who were facing financial hardship, he wrote the following prayer request:

I appeal to you, brothers, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf, that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints.

Romans 15:30-31

Matthew Henry has some great comments on these two verses:

(1.) The dangers which he was exposed to: That I may be delivered from those that do not believe in Judea. The unbelieving Jews were the most violent enemies Paul had and most enraged against him, and some prospect he had of trouble from them in this journey; and therefore they must pray that God would deliver him. We may, and must, pray against persecution. This prayer was answered in several remarkable deliverances of Paul, recorded Acts 21, 22, 23, and 24. (2.) His services: Pray that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints. Why, was there any danger that it would not be accepted? Can money be otherwise than acceptable to the poor? Yes, there was some ground of suspicion in this case; for Paul was the apostle of the Gentiles, and as the unbelieving Jews looked spitefully at him, which was their wickedness, so those that believed were shy of him upon that account, which was their weakness. He does not say, “Let them choose whether they will accept it or no; if they will not, it shall be better bestowed;” but, “Pray that it may be accepted.” As God must be sought unto for the restraining of the ill will of our enemies, so also for the preserving and increasing of the good will of our friends; for God has the hearts both of the one and of the other in his hands.

Matthew Henry

While my prayer request is certainly different, it is somewhat along the same lines as his “service for Jerusalem.” I will greatly appreciate if you would pray that God would use The Cause of Christ – Fundraising for the Spread of His Gospel, especially that reputable ministries will accept this free, simple, and easy way to raise funds for their own ministry or a reputable ministry of their choice, which is without any cost or effort on their part.

Ultimately, as Matthew Henry wrote: “God must be sought . . . for the preserving and increasing of the good will of our friends; for God has the hearts both of the one and of the other in his hands.” Indeed, “The plans of the heart belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the LORD” (Pr. 16:1), and, “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory [the result] belongs to the LORD” (Pr. 21:31).

In case you would like to be more specific in your prayer…

That ministries would “Come and Help” other ministries with the spread of God’s gospel and the relief of His saints.

That those with a large social media following would make use of this free fundraiser for a ministry of their choice.

Without any exaggeration, the opportunities to do so are innumerable. Here are 11 reasons to start doing so.