Please Pray for Me

If the Holy Spirit of Christ should bring my name to your mind, please pray for me, most especially this weekend, as I will be preaching Christ crucified in an open air, public proclamation of the gospel for the first time since we left the mission field.

October 2nd is the 23rd Annual Oxfordfest and one of the members of our congregation signed us up for a spot to put up a booth during this event where many vendors will peddle their wares in Old Town Oxford on Main Street. We have nothing to sell, for freely we have received and freely we give. We’ll set up a table with free tracts, literature, audio sermons on CD, and we hope to answer any questions people might have concerning salvation, the Word of God, our church, etc.

I’m looking forward to taking my turn in the booth, distributing tracts, personal witnessing and individual evangelism, as well as publicly proclaiming Christ crucified unto salvation according to the Word of God. I’m hoping to preach at least four times at four different locations around the mall between 8 am and 5 pm. This will be a tall task because of my ailments. The weakness in my muscles not only makes it difficult to walk, but I often lose my voice. Yet, it is pressed firmly upon my heart that I cannot but speak the words of this Way unto all and any that would hear, so that by the means of the foolishness of preaching, God is pleased to save them that believe (1 Corinthians 1:21).

And if, by His amazing grace and compassionate mercy, Christ’s Spirit sustains me and upholds me to preach and share and witness on Saturday, I still have to teach Youth Sunday school and preach two messages on Sunday. Please pray that, although the Lord may use me on Saturday to be the means for Him to save the one lost sheep, that He would be pleased to continue to use me to be the means for Him to return to the ninety and nine the next day so that He might feed and refresh them as well.

Oh, the tremendous honor of such a benevolent God! Not only does He condescend to save a horrid wretch like me, but He is also pleased to receive glory unto Himself in using one as frail and weak as I so that His strength is displayed perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

Thank you so much.

—Jon J. Cardwell

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

17 Comments

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  2. I’ll be praying for you, brother Jon, and praying for hearts prepared by the Holy Spirit to hear the Gospel.

  3. How wonderful! If only Steve and I could join you. Well, you most certainly can count on us to pray for you. May He strengthen you and be glorified. Lord bless you brother Jon. You truly are a blessing to the body. Christina

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  5. I have prayed for you, brother Jon. God will accomplish through you what He intends to accomplish. Believe that!

  6. I pray that God will draw all His unregenerate elected ones in your area to this festival so that they might be awakened by the preaching His glorious gospel. Thank you brother for your obedience to His great calling.

  7. As always, you are in my prayers brother. GOD will complete the work He started in you.Amen

  8. I thank God for opening many hearts, ears, and minds in preparation for this ministry. May He bless it greatly and bless you with all the strength that flows from His glorious power and might, and may it continue to flow into the days and weeks to come as long as it pleases Him to use you for His Glory. May He pour His grace and abounding riches over you and your brethren and fill all of your mouths and hearts with His truth and love and grace! May God be greatly pleased in all that you do, brother Jon! In Christ we stand and trust as we join in prayer and petition!!

  9. Praying that the Lord will bless your efforts with fruit!
    May He sustain you with His strength.

  10. I join with the others in lifting you up, that God will strengthen you and use this event for His glory. Rest on Isaiah 55:11!

  11. What a wonderful opportunity! I have every confidence that God will use your faithful service to Him to bless the hearers.
    You can count me in to pray too!

  12. We wish could join you, but we will be there in spirit:)

    “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

    “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” Phil. 4:23

    charisse

  13. Pastor Jon,
    You will be in our prayers throughout the day today.
    May the Lord show Himself strongly and may you be blessed as well!

  14. Praying for you brother…may the Lord to what seems go to Him, and may He strengthen you in the work!

  15. thereformedtraveler

    As always, in our prayers brother Jon. May He strengthen you, give much grace for this wonderful honor.

  16. Bro. Jon you are in our prayers my brother. You are an inspiration to me, continue to lift up high the Name above all Names JESUS! There is No King but Christ!

    God Bless,
    Frank

  17. Please pray for my boyfriend and I, we are going through a rough time, and really trying to work things out, please pray that if its Gods will, that he would bring us back together again. I have also been diagnosed with depression is you can pray for that aswell please. God bless

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