We are nearly halfway through the calendar year and have much to celebrate. God has been good to us on multiple levels and there is significant health in our church family by God’s grace.
That is why we want to call the church to a season of prayer together. Wait, don’t we only pray when things are in trouble? Not at all. We certainly do ask God for help during difficulties but there is glory for God on the back end of prayerful dependence in both the best and worst of seasons.
It seems we are entering into a new season as a church family that began this spring. Most have returned to Sunday morning after navigating the pandemic. Easter this year proved a pivotal Sunday. The room was full again, people were clapping, and we celebrated Jesus like it was Resurrection Sunday AD 33. Then we launched into our second Church Life reDefined series and tackled topics such as the importance of our worship gathering, church membership, generosity, and unity. God used those weeks of study and worship to shape our thinking in healthier ways.
Now, as we look forward, more good things are ahead for us. It is a good time to pray. It always is. This has been the attitude of the church since her inception. Shortly after Christ’s ascension into heaven, the disciples gathered together in prayerful dependence. Acts 1:14 says…
All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
Then, after the Holy Spirit fell on the believers at Pentecost and the church was born, the same mindset was present. Acts 2:42 says…
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Prayer was in the marrow of the church in some of her earliest and best seasons. Should we not say the same?
Ephesians 3:20-21 above is a call to God-focused prayer. Prayer is to him and all about him. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us… Our God is able to exceed our biggest prayers and he often does. He does far more abundantly than our biggest imagination. To him we pray.
Further, to him be glory. Our big prayers to our big God are primarily for the fame of his name. Prayer is an opportunity to partner with God in his work with the ultimate goal of his glory. We are in a great season to look at all that is going on for us as a church and bring it before God in prayerful dependence.
Our pastoral intern, Jeremiah, has put together a very helpful guide for us that begins this Sunday. You can access it [HERE] and hard copies will also be available in the foyer during the next two Sundays. In the past, our seasons of prayer have focused for one week in length. This new guide will take us through an entire month. We will look backward and forward. We will express our gratitude to God. We will seek him for matters near and dear to our hearts.
On behalf of the staff and elders, I invite you to incorporate this opportunity into the start of your summer both individually and with those in your church family. Embed it in your family worship, Community Groups, and Discipleship Groups. Place it on your fridge or in your Bible. Be sure to participate as we launch this season together during Family Gathering at 6:00p on June 6 in the Gym.
Now to him be glory in the church as we depend on him and seek him in prayer. Let’s pray!