Resource Guide for the week of October 23

There is a fascinating verse in Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians where he invites their prayerful support for his evangelistic work. In 2 Corinthians 1.11 he literally says: “You also helping together over and above us in prayer.” What could such a phrase mean to Paul? I believe that he is thinking of the fortresses that were such common structures in the ancient world. Evangelism involves storming strongholds like that in people’s lives. But a frontal assault is often useless. What is needed is a way to soar over and above the walls that hold loved ones in bondage. This will require hard work, sustained work, and team work. Such work is unseen and unsung. But it is crucial if the fortress is to be taken. Prayer is like that. It assails the inner recesses of a person’s will in a way all our talking cannot...

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