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Calling All Prayer Warriors

Ephesians 6:18–20

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

img_0063-2Calling all Prayer Warriors!

This morning I feel compelled (obligated, duty-bound) to call on all who will to pray for the church and for your pastors and leaders. According to Scripture: 1 Peter 5:8-98 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith,

The devil is out there and wants nothing more than to devour the Church! Part of standing firm is to stay in prayer together. Pray that the devil not be given even a foothold in our lives and in the church. As Scripture says; Ephesians 4:25-2825 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.

I urge you than to pray for the following and more as the Spirit leads:

  1. Pray for your pastors and leaders to stand firm in their faith with Jesus in days like these.
  2. Pray for a spirit of harmony in our local church and in the church universal – it is not necessary for us to always agree – we can even see some things differently – but we must be in harmony with the Word of God and with the essential purposes of the church. In order to reach the unchurched the church needs to present a harmonious tune in the Spirit! No one will want to join a church that is making terrible noise (we aren’t as a whole but could go there if we don’t stand firm in our faith)!
  3. Pray against a spirit of bickering (internal strife). The battle is not against each other folks – it is against powers and principalities of evil. We should not shoot our own wounded – but rather love each other in spite of our shortcomings.
  4. Pray against a spirit of pickiness. Some have been in negative mode for such a long season that it seems almost natural to look at what is wrong rather than what is right with the church or pastor. We should not let issues go unaddressed for sure but should handle them in love and not in attack mode!
  5. Pray for the next few months. We have much to accomplish for the Lord. The 2020 General Conference in May could radically change our denomination – yet – we are called to be faithful no matter what happens to the denomination we are part of. We are part of Christ before we are part of any man made institution.
  6. Pray for the church’s daily devotion to Christ!
  7. Pray for our church leadership to be in daily prayer – seeking the Lord’s face and grace. Pray that God would work in us – through us – and in spite of us.
  8. Pray for the Holy Spirit to come down on us in a powerful way!

Thank you for your faithful prayers for the church called First Church or the church you attend.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

P.S.: I also ask that you pray for Law Enforcement and our Military today (and every day).

January 9, 2020 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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