Comfort Food: (noun) simple, home-style food that brings comforting thoughts of home or childhood.
There is a place in downtown Charlotte, called Mert’s that offers such fare. Collard greens, fried chicken, okra, cornbread and such. In terminal A of the Atlanta airport, I can find great “comfort food” at Paschal’s. There is usually a line, but it is worth the wait if I find myself in a lengthy layover. Cecilia ministers some comfort when she puts a roast in the oven with potatoes, just the way my mama used to do it. I like that idea — comfort food.
The Bible speaks of “comfort” 71 times in the NIV. Here are a couple of examples:
“But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus” -2 Corinthians 7:6
“Jesus, who is called Justus, also sends greetings. These are the only Jews among my co-workers for the kingdom of God, and they have proved a comfort to me.” -Colossians 4:11
My comfort food in this ministry — the one who proves to be a “comfort to me” — is, simply put, YOU, all of you who pray for me. When I run through airports or traverse along interstates, I am comforted by the thought that two or three times a week, a group of almost 55 people receive prayer requests via Jewell Massey, JPM’s prayer coordinator, and work gets done. Intercession is work. And because you work, I can work better. Consider these ONE MONTH numbers that have happened because of your hard work:
- 2,816 miles traveled by air and truck
- 18 Gospel messages preached
- 4,152 crowd
- 78 salvation responses
- $2,391 raised for missions
- 16 nights away from home and “out of bed”
- Multiple miracles
- Record income for ministry
- 25-year one month record for Kingdom financial investment
- 1 satisfied preacher
I have Jewell on my speed dial, along with eight family members and three friends. The ministry of prayer for JPM is not an afterthought or a going-through-the-motions activity. It is at the forefront of what I do. Most of you, I know, and some of you, I may barely know. But you know that God KNOWS the work that you do.
This week, I had a 53 minute phone conversation, driving through Atlanta, with an evangelist. He asked, “How do you fill your calendar?” I talked about a book, an encounter I had, and about you. I mostly talked about you — the prayer team. I told him about answers to prayer:
- My jaw that was healed
- My shoulder that was healed
- The closeness that God is bringing to me, through your prayers.
- The computers that came, days after the request came
- The truck that God provided, just days after it hit your radar
- The financial miracles that The Lord is working out
- The miraculous flight that appeared, after all hope was gone
- The calendar that seems to miraculously fill
This is the smartest thing that I do in ministry — feeding requests to intercessors. Thank you for working for the Lord. It has a made a difference…a COMFORTing difference.Interested in becoming part of JPM’s prayer team? There are only 2 requirements: 1. Have a way to receive communication – address, email (preferred), Facebook, carrier pigeon, etc. 2. Pray regularly for JPM and souls. Contact Jewell at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. (This blog post archived from a Prayer Team devotion on February 27, 2012)