2orMore April 2011
By Geneva Vollrath,
President/CEO, Stonecroft Ministries
Prayer. It is our connection and communication with God. It is the source that reveals God's power and wisdom to us. It is vital to our lives and ministry.
The Gospels show us a fascinating glimpse into the prayer life of Jesus. No matter what the demands were on His time and energy, He always took time to pull aside and connect with His Father through prayer. Prayer was a priority for Jesus.
I recently noticed something in the book of Mark which reminds me of the importance of that constant prayer connection with God. Mark 6 records the story of how Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000. People had been listening to Jesus teach all day. There were no nearby grocery stores or fast-food stops to get a bite to eat. But Jesus took the food that was on hand—five loaves and two fish—prayed and asked God to bless it and the multitude was fed. Everyone ate until they were satisfied. What an answer to prayer—and what a miracle!
Yet, it is what happened next that caught my attention. After Jesus sent the crowds home, He went alone to the mountainside—to pray.
Though the day had been a triumph, I'm sure it was exhausting. Jesus needed to reconnect with His Father, the Giver of life and rest. So He pulled aside again to pray.
What a good example for us as we serve in ministry! Prayer is our foundation as we connect women with God, each other, and their communities. Prayer connects us with God's power to do amazing things as we trust in Him. And when we feel spent and exhausted, prayer connects us to the One who refreshes our weary souls and renews our strength.
In every situation of life, I want to be connected with God. So let's follow our Savior's example and "pray continually" (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
This issue of 2orMore is designed to encourage you in prayer. You'll hear from Meryl Bishop, who has been traveling across the country and hosting prayer gatherings. You'll also learn more about Stonecroft's teamwork with the National Day of Prayer Task Force as we encourage our communities to join together in prayer for our nation.
Also, I want to remind you that to serve you, our leaders, better, 2orMore is being transformed into an electronic publication. It includes specific items for outreach groups, such as Prayer Connection and ONEvoice materials, as well as fresh new content.
2orMore is now delivered monthly, directly to you in Stonecroft's e-newsletter.
Enjoy the April 2orMore edition. And thank you for being women of prayer who make a difference in their communities!