Dear Friends,

King David is often described as "a man after God's own heart." What does it mean to be a woman after God’s own heart? How are we continually giving up our hearts to God as we enter prayer together each month?

We see in 2 Samuel 7:18-22 (ESV) that David prayed with great humility:

“Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, ‘Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? And yet this was a small thing in your eyes, O Lord God. You have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come, and this is instruction for mankind, O Lord God! And what more can David say to you? For you know your servant, O Lord God! Because of your promise, and according to your own heart, you have brought about all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore, you are great, O Lord God. For there is none like you, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears.’”

Not only does David say "Who am I?" but he says "O Lord God" not once but five times. He proclaims the greatness of God who reigns. He worships him. He says, "You are great, there is none like you” (Verse 22).

We live in challenging times, don't we? This month we are praying for women who are living in some of the most difficult situations in East Africa. However, prayer brings us up close to the all-powerful and ever-present God. As we use our voices to lift our prayers to a God who has not forgotten the women in East Africa, he hears our prayers (1 John 5:14; Ephesians 6:18; 2 Chronicles 7:14).

May we come humbly to the feet of Jesus seeking his protection, guidance and peace for our sisters in East Africa. May our hearts align with the heart of God as we recognize that he is the Lord God who reigns forever and there is no one like him.

In Him our hearts rejoice,

Dr. Peggy Banks
Global Ministry Director