I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your prayers!
Just tonight we traveled nearly an hour to visit our old church and an elderly gentleman came and said to me, "just to let you know that we have not forgotten you, even though you live far away from us now and we hardly ever see you, my wife and I still pray for you and the family every single day!" I was really choked up at God's grace to provide these faithful friends. They never phone or have our the latest news, or visit us....this gentleman is nearly blind and cannot 'do much' anymore but every day he and his wife pray for us! What a mighty work they are quietly doing!
Two thoughts...we can never underestimate the ministry of prayer and how God uses it!
And secondly ....what part do we take in this faithful every single day type prayer for the same people over and over again? I recon it is this type of habitual, faithful, passionate prayer that grows true 'lovers of souls'! That whisks away despair and grumpiness and frustrations.
As an older generation of praying people move heavenward, we ought to be becoming the new prayer warriors, we ought to be praying for new prayer warriors, and we ought to be adopting new people to pray for as the Lord lays them on our heart! And we ought also to be training our children the importance of praying faithfully for these dear ones every single day!