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The Prayers of the Righteous | From the Editors

  • September 2015 Issue
From the Editors

When you open any issue of Today in the Word, you’ll see a column “Pray with Us” in the bottom right-hand corner of every devotional page. It’s the smallest column of Today in the Word—only three to four lines in the Word document—but it has played a crucial role in the life of our devotional.

These several lines include the names of the Moody faculty and staff, the names of the departments where they serve, some of their responsibilities, important events at Moody, and—most importantly—a request to pray. We know that you, the readers of Today in the Word, take our prayer requests to heart. We also know that you take these requests to the throne of God.

Many of your letters mention that “Pray with Us” is the first section you go to, as you start your day with Today in the Word. Some of you see the names of your friends or family members in this column and have an opportunity to uphold them in prayer. Here is an excerpt from the letter that Janet from Destin, Florida, wrote to us:

“Little did I know when I started reading Today in the Word in 2003 that almost ten years later, I would see my son’s name in print under ‘Pray with Us.’ Now, after many years of schooling, he is teaching at Moody in Spokane. Moody has always been close to his heart, and now, through Today in the Word, I not only feel closer to my son but closer to God—because of all the wonderful lessons and applications in my daily life. It’s been a journey these last ten years without my husband, yet my morning devotions with your awesome writings have led me along the way. Thank you!”

In the book of Romans the apostle Paul urged his disciples: “Be . . . faithful in prayer” (Rom.12:12). His exhortation to the believers in first-century Rome resonates among all the Christians through the ages and generations. We need it today! The thought of all the people praying for Moody every day gives us joy and humbles us. It’s your faithfulness in prayer that has sustained Today in the Word over the years in the spiritual realm, just as your financial partnership has been our footing in the material area.

Just imagine! Countless prayers from tens of thousands of believers going out to God every day: for our students on all three campuses and their professors, for senior leadership and teams who work behind the scenes, for trustees and field representatives. Your prayers make a difference. Thank you for praying for us and with us!

BY Elena Mafter

Elena Mafter has been working at Moody Bible Institute's Strategic Marketing and Communications department since 1999 and has been part of the Today in the Word team in a variety of roles: editor, proofreader, project coordinator, and contributing columnist. A transplant to the United States, she loves traveling, getting to know other cultures, and learning foreign languages (she's fluent in several!)

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