A Guest Post By Ron Simkins
In the interest of transparency I will begin with a few disclosures. First, I am the brother of Mary Ann who oversees this ministry. Second, I belong to a church community that has supported this ministry financially for many years. Third, my wife and I have also been financial supporters through the years. Fourth, although people have praised me for quite a few things throughout life, sometimes deservedly and often not so much, no one has ever accused me of being a great prayer warrior. Fifth, to my shame, I have always thought of praying on the phone for people who don’t know you, and who you don’t know, as a bit strange. This in spite of the fact that several brothers and sisters who I know and love take this ministry extremely seriously and lose sleep to make it happen. Sixth, it never occurred to me until recently that the FaithPrayers ministry is an expression of something that is very important to me when I reflect on what followers of Jesus are called to be and do.
You are probably thinking—“Well, duh! Of course, we are called to prayer.” But, although I am working regularly toward a deeper and better prayer life, that is not what I am talking about. I am talking about the fact that praying for others can very well be an extremely important act of both Justice and Mercy. This insight came to me recently as a personal revelation.