Prayer! What does that word conjure up in your mind? Is it something that you fear, avoid, or happily embrace? For many, I would say that it is with trepidation that they approach the subject of prayer. How do we pray? Many in the church, and I'm including ours, may not how to pray. Prayer is the fundamental foundation for church renewal. This is something we should think about as we prepare for our reopening in July.
So let me offer a suggestion. Read the scripture passages below and circle thy word(s) that describe the characteristics that should be found in the individual who desires to see his church renewed. After identifying these characteristics, find someone to share with what you have learned. Turn each scripture into a personal prayer, asking then Lord to let this trait be found more evident in your life.
14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land. 2 Ch 7:14
18 Therefore take care how you listen. For whoever has, more will be given to him; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken away from him.” Lk 8:18.
5 Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long. Ps 25:5.
11 The people here were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, since they welcomed the message with eagerness and examined the Scriptures z daily to see if these things were so. Acts 17:11.
34 Summoning the crowd along with His disciples, He said to them, “If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. Mk 8:34.
19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Mt 28:19–20.
13 Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 2 Ti 1:13.
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. Titus 1:6–7.
8 but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled, 9 holding to the faithful message as taught, so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching and to refute those who contradict it. Titus 1:8–9.
As always, Onward and Upward!