The Power of Prayer

imagesCABYNFECCCDOK serves literally thousands of clients each and every year.  Each and every client enters our care wanting something to change.  For some, it’s the most basic of needs.  They just want a safe place to sleep, a chance to work for a living, a stable place to call home, or a steady source of nutritious food for their family. 

Some simply want to lay their burdens down for a few hours or to be able to freely share them with others, hoping to learn in the process.  Others want to change their behaviors.  They want to learn how to deal with stress or express their anger appropriately.  They want to stop doing something that harms them or someone they love.  Some clients want to learn how to have healthy and appropriate relationships. 

The reasons families, individuals, and couples come to CCDOK are diverse.  They all, however, have something in common.  Each is an urgent matter to the people who come to us.  Each has created stress, caused worry, and been a heavy burden for our clients to carry.  Regardless of the reason they are coming to CCDOK, every single client is hoping to leave our programs changed.   They are seeking our help as they journey through life, hoping to learn and change and grow so that things are better.

It’s a tall order . . . and it’s definitely something we couldn’t do without your help.  We often ask you for your financial support.  We ask you to donate items that our clients can use.  We ask you to share your time and talents with us.  The gifts you give to our agency on a daily basis are amazing — and they help us to help our clients make the change they so desire.  We are appreciative . . . and yet, we want to ask you for one more thing. 

The most important thing.

Could you please pray for our clients?

Whether it’s the infant of one of our Caring Network mothers . . . or the troubled teen who is trying to make life decisions . . . or the elderly person combatting loneliness . . . or the homeless youth living at a campsite with no hope left . . . or the couple battling depression and desperately trying to hold their marriage together . . . your prayer changes things!  Over and over again in the Bible we are simply instructed to ask God for His help — and promised that we will receive it:

”Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will  find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7

And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”  Matthew 21:22

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask  in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be  yours.”  Mark 11:24

Whatever you ask in my name, this I  will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in  my name, I will do it.”  John 14: 13-14

Standing on promises like these, we will ask again . . . could you please offer up prayers for our clients?  You may never meet the people who desperately need your prayers.  If you did meet, they may never ask you to pray for them.  Some might lack the confidence to ask, some might be without hope, and some may not be able to turn to a loving God for help on their own.  Regardless, your prayer can give them the peace, hope, and change they urgently need. 

We will be suggesting a monthly focus for your prayers on our website.  Simply click here — and come back each month to learn the new focus.  We appreciate all you have done to support CCDOK in the past . . . and we ask you to do just a bit more.  The power of prayer is amazing . . . and it will work!

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