As I write my article on prayer for the IHA Web page, I have just experienced a special financial blessing from the Lord, and I am impressed to challenge all of us in the IHA family with this question: Are we expecting too little from our majestic Lord concerning the ministry of IHA?
As I consider that question, I am reminded of the Ephesian passage that says, “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 3:20). What comes to mind immediately after that is how God granted more to Solomon than he had asked for, as we read in 1 Kings 3:13: “And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honor…” And the recepient of those added blessings has written, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18).
As one of the great holiness teachers of our day has said, “If the message of entire sanctification is correct (and it is), let us proclaim and promote it with all that is within us; if not, let us abandon it.” (Richard S. Taylor)
So let us offer the fervent prayer of a righteous people for the effective ministry of the IHA in the sanctification of believers from every corner of our state and beyond, from every church regardless of name and affiliation, from every race and nationality, from the young and the old. “Without holiness no man will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Holiness is for everyone who will believe!
Rev. Don Thurman
A Postscript from Jim Kerwin (added with Bro. Don's permission):
I'd like to “tag on” a few prayer items to Don's monthly call to prayer:
- Please remember to continue praying for “Sister McRittgers” as she pursues her language studies and cultural immersion in the 10/40 Window. See Pray for Sister McRitters, a previous blog post, for more information.
- As for me, I have two personal items—the first is a prayer request, and the second is a praise report:
- On Monday 10/15, I leave for two weeks of ministry (mainly to groups of pastors) in Romania. The doors are open for teaching both Baptists and Pentecostals. Whether or not I get to share about sanctification this time (my topics are largely assigned in advance), my prayer is that I would find favor in their eyes and “earn the right” to return and share the full gospel.
- Last week, after a long wait (over three years!), I received the first draft of the Spanish translation of my book, The Rejected Blessing, which deals with how the teaching of entire sanctification was promoted, then overthrown, in the early years of the Pentecostal movement. Here's the praise report: the pastora who helped to translate the book reported that her pastor husband (the other translator), as a result of what he had learned, was teaching sanctification that very weekend! These two are dear friends; I have eaten at their kitchen table in Guatemala more than once. And they are leaders in their denomination. Who knows what the Lord will do with this! Please pray for this sown seed.