As we go into this season of thanksgiving and the celebration of the birth of our creator, I’m reminded of our need for prayer. In 2 Thessalonians, Paul made it plain we should boldly ask for prayer. Paul said:
Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Paul openly said “…pray for us…” in his letter to the Thessalonians. This was not in a small group of friends, but an open letter he knew would be read by many, most with whom he had no personal relationship. Paul demonstrated asking for prayer isn’t a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of wisdom. He knew he was in a spiritual battle and needed all the prayer he could get.
We are not claiming to be doing the work of an apostle. But as the only regularly-scheduled biblically-based provider of tours at the Grand Canyon, the Lord has set a significant task before us. Our task is to reach as many of the almost six million people who visit the Grand Canyon each year as possible with a message of truth and hope. We cannot do this in our own power.
In Romans 15:30, Paul wrote: “Now I urge you, brethren, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to strive together with me in your prayers to God for me.” He urged them to join in his struggle by joining him in prayer. Paul understood He was engaging in spiritual warfare. We are in the same battle. The evil one has spread a great lie about creation, and that lie is, in many ways, centered on the Grand Canyon. The million-of-years “story” told about the canyon is the foundation of the time scale required for evolution. It is the “magic wand” waved to allow microbe-to-man evolution to be conceivable in the uninformed mind.
Paul’s message was, “I can’t do it alone! I need your prayers!” Canyon Ministries can’t do it alone either. Charles Spurgeon said, “The strongest man in Israel will be the better for the prayers of the weakest saint in Zion.”
Yes, we have physical needs. We need an additional bus, the funds to train guides and to support the Christian Leaders Trip. We are so thankful to all who have supported us over the last 20 years. As important as those physical items are, we covet your prayers even more as we plan for the New Year, hoping to double the number of people we served this year. Of course, if so led, your financial support will help us continue our growth and reach many with the message of the Grand Canyon.