Brave Gideon had 300 men, the Mideonites had a host.
But Gideon had the Lord with him, and so he had the most.
Gideon had the Lord! Gideon had the Lord!
He won the fight with the Mideonites, for Gideon had the Lord!
If you grew up in Sunday School like I did, perhaps you know the words to this song and were humming along as you read them. As I share this morning, not only do I remember this old tune, but for our family this Wednesday, the story of Gideon takes on deeper meaning.
In the eight year history of Maxpoint Ministries, founded by my husband Frank Banfill, we’ve never had a global call to prayer for our family and our ministry. The time is now. We desperately are asking that you lift our ministry and our family up before Father, specifically this Wednesday, January 23rd. (Of course, if you want to pray for us in between, then by all means, do!)
Gideon’s army was facing a mighty battle; one that looked insurmountable to the human eye. But nothing is insurmountable when you have the Lord, and we know that. So just as brave Gideon saw a mighty miracle take place as God used him and 300 men, we are asking God to give us an army of 300 people who will commit to pray specifically for our ministry and our family (Frank, Beth, Amber, and Jacob) on Wednesday. We would ask that you pray for three things: WISDOM, CLEAR DIRECTION FROM GOD, and for PROVISION.
Please pray as the Lord leads, but here are some of the Scriptures that we will be praying this Wednesday:
“Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times,having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
--II Corinthians 9:8
“I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.”
“If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault and it will be given to him.”
If you will commit to pray for us, please comment on this blog, on my facebook page, tweet “praying” to @frankbanfill, or send me an email. If you prefer to text me, then by all means, do so! Just let me know in some way of your commitment to pray for us. We are asking God for that army of 300, just like Gideon’s army.
If you’re reading this, then at some point, our lives have become intertwined. Maybe we have gone on mission trips together, attend church together or have in the past. Some of you reading this went to college or high school with me. And yes, I can definitely think of some who are reading this now who actually attended elementary school with me! Perhaps our lives are connected because of our 16 year old daughter’s numerous mission trip outreaches and public speaking successes. Maybe we’ve been able to minister to you through sharing how God’s grace has been demonstrated in the life of our 14-year old son who has overcome so many challenges (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfpKq-1rH4A). Maybe our lives have been laced together through sharing my cancer story and God's healing (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCN2MGSzym4).
Perhaps you’re reading this post because someone has passed the link on to you over the course of time or maybe you just stumbled across it “by chance”. I truly believe that there are no “chances” with God, and if you are reading this, then God has a reason for it. I am asking that you pray for our family and our ministry. We are asking God for an army of 300, just like Gideon had, and I am asking you to let me know that you will be praying.
Will you enlist, if just for a day, this Wednesday, January 23rd?
*Pray for Frank, Beth, Amber, and Jacob Banfill
*Pray for Maxpoint Ministries
*Pray for WISDOM
*Pray for CLEAR DIRECTION FROM GOD
*Pray for PROVISION
Thank you in advance for being a part of the army!