Coveting Your Prayers
"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
John Hendryx, the man behind the monergism.com web site and the main man here on the blog, is a man used mightily by the Lord. His ministry on the internet extends beyond all national boundaries and through his many years of painstaking commitment to the Lord and His truth, sustained by God's grace, God has given him quite a voice in the Body of Christ.
Think of a stadium filled with 80,000 people all gathered for a sporting event. That's quite a crowd, right? Well more than 80,000 separate people visit John's monergism.com website each month to read the articles there.
Why do I tell you this? - well, due to the nature of what John does on the internet, we don't actually see his face or hear his voice each day (unlike other ministries); we only read his words. That's not a problem at all, except that it tends to obscure the reality that behind the words on the computer screen, there is a man of God very much in need of God's continued grace.
John and I are close friends, and I trust that this will still be the case after this post (John doesn't know I am writing this!) But as I write these words, I am asking that God in His kindness would raise up many prayer partners for John Hendryx and the monergism ministry. Just as God might lay oversees missionaries on people's hearts to consistently pray and intercede for their and their family's spiritual, physical, emotional and financial well being, as well as the furtherance of their ministry, I pray that He would lay John on many a heart, so that he would be constantly upheld at the throne of grace.
John recently wrote: "Your prayers for us are needed that we would maintain perseverance, have wisdom, continue to promote the right biblical balance and contend of the faith once delivered to the saints. Pray the Lord continue to excise wickedness from our own hearts that we might be instruments in His hands and align with His redemptive purpose. We thank you for your support for this ministry."
Lets take John up on that. Lets not think that this growing voice on the internet does not have its enemies - certainly the enemy of our souls is not too happy that John Hendryx' grace filled, Gospel centered voice is being heard... so lets stand with John in prayer. Perhaps God may also lead a number of folk to stand with the ministry financially. Though finance is hardly ever mentioned, I know that God's provision is constantly needed, even as John looks to the Lord for His supply.
God has used the monergism web site in my own life in a remarkable way. I know many can say the same thing. Lets make sure that we don't take this precious gift for granted. - Pastor John Samson