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For the Common Good

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

Thousands of prayer breakfast gatherings are held in towns and cities across the United States. Perhaps you’ve even attended one. But do you know where the whole thing began? Back in the late 1940s, a man named Abraham Veradi organized a prayer breakfast for the leaders of Seattle. As he saw the positive, continuing results from that outreach, he became concerned about the spiritual welfare of our national leaders in Washington, D.C. In the early 1950s, Veradi moved to D.C. and began to reach out to various members of Congress and others in government. It didn’t look like much at first, but out of it grew what we know today as the National Prayer Breakfast. And from that small beginning, the concept has spread across America and literally around the world. It all began with the vision of one man who saw a need and took it to heart.

What a contrast to the situation we find in today’s passage. In Jeremiah 12:11, the Lord says of His land and His people: “They have made it desolate and, being desolate, it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart” (KJV). How often we see this desolation of spiritual neglect today. It happens when people are not on their knees before God, pleading for Him to intervene and bring healing and health to the land and its people.

Christian, have you seen that kind of need right where you are? It may be among a group of young people or neighbors or business colleagues. Reach out to someone today in Jesus’ name.


Lord, please help me to reach out to someone today and end their “desolation of spiritual neglect.” Amen.

To Ponder

If God is speaking to you about launching a prayer ministry for the spiritual health of those around you, take it to heart, no matter how hard it may seem.

(The Navigators)