Pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
It was about six months ago that Glen Vlieg, our friend and brother in Christ, was called home to the Lord. I often think about Glen and smile remembering this sweet, humble man and what a wonderful example he was to us as a godly man of prayer. Glen had some mental and physical limitations, but he loved the Lord and he faithfully prayed about everything without ceasing; Be anxious about nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Often before our Sunday morning church services, You would see Glen kneeling, quietly praying for the preacher, our Church and any shared prayer requests. I sometimes wonder if the saints, like Glen, who have preceded us to glory, are still praying for us? I am sure that when we finally join them in paradise, we will have an even greater appreciation for all the many prayers offered by Glen and others, and always generously answered by the Lord.
As Christians, we too often take for granted the amazing privilege and blessings of prayer. Because of Jesus Christ and His sacrificial death, we have direct access to God. We can come to Him in prayer at anytime and about anything, confidently knowing that He not only hears our prayers, but always answers according to His good and perfect will for us;Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)
Thank you Glen for your many prayers and for being such a good example to us. Thank You Lord for salvation in Christ Jesus and always hearing our prayers;Faithful is He who calls you, and He will bring it to pass. Brethren, pray for us! (1 Thessalonians 5:24,25)