That which I will miss Dad most for, is his prayers. You did not spend time in his home without knowing that he prayed to God. When Dad prayed he did so often for others, specifically, by name and for their particular situations and needs. I know he did that for hundreds of brethren in Christ, and for his family too. I know he prayed for me, and I found great joy in that. I will miss his prayers, for: “.. . The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (Jas. 5:16).
We all have work to do in praying. The prayers of Leslie Diestelkamp, and others too, are stilled. We must be praying people too, and for others, specifically, by name, and for their particular situations and needs. We are urged to “come boldly unto the throne of grace to obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16), and to “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). Even so, let us pray. -Roy Diestelkamp
Guardian of Truth XXXIX: No. 23, p. 21
December 7, 1995