In his wonderful book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire Jim Cymbala writes:
If we call upon the Lord, He has promised in His Word to answer, to bring the unsaved to Himself, to pour our His Spirit among us. If we don’t call upon the Lord, He has promised nothing – nothing at all. It’s as simple as that. No matter what I preach or what we claim to believe in our heads, the future will depend upon our times of prayer. This is the engine that will drive the church.
Prayer is the engine that will drive the church.
- · That’s why our staff at Grace begins and ends each weekday praying together.
- · It’s why our elders gather at 6:30 each Tuesday morning to pray.
- · It’s why we are committed to expanding our prayer ministries so that Grace will be a house of prayer.
The future depends upon our times of prayer. Prayer is the engine that will drive the church.
Today our nation is called to a National Day of Prayer. That’s a great reminder that we are all called to pray (and as some of our adult classes have been discovering, we are too busy not to pray)!
Take time today to pray for our nation. You might visit National Day of Prayer to find resources to help guide your prayers.
Take time every day to continue to pray for our nation and the world, our city and our neighborhoods and for Grace Presbyterian Church.
Specifically I ask people to pray 5 things for Grace:
Provision: we put our trust in God who richly provides us with everything (1 Timothy 6: 12). Ask God to provide the resources needed for the ministries of Grace.
Protection: the psalmist reminds us that the LORD is our strength and our shield (Psalm 28: 7). Ask for God to guard our hearts, minds and bodies.
Vision: in the Old Testament God led His people in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire (Exodus: 13: 21). Pray that as God continues to lead us we will have eyes to see and ears to hear.
Courage: God told Joshua to be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1: 9). Pray that we will follow where God leads with that same boldness and courage.
Unity; The Apostle Paul prayed that the church in Colosse might be encouraged in heart and united in love (Colossians 2: 2). Jesus prayed that we might be brought to complete unity (John 17: 23). Pray for the unity of God’s church.
Prayer is the engine that will drive God’s church. On this National Day of Prayer (and in the days to come) - let us pray!