18 April, 2013
Post By : David Lindner
Today as we continue on in our Pray Through Pentecost series, we continue on in a similar theme as yesterday. While we talked about God’s Kingdom yesterday, we focused on the difference between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of me.
Today, we join with the early church in praying that the Gospel will triumph.
They called on God that the gospel would run and triumph.
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed on and triumph, as it did among you. (2 Thes. 3:1)
When we pray these prayers we are joining with the saints over the last couple thousand years. That is why we are focusing on them. Not for any gimmicky reason, but that we may pray as the early church prayed. Why would we want to do that? Because they were the ones who got this thing called church going in the first place. Considering just how far the Gospel has advanced, I would say their prayers and passion were quite successful. We find ourselves today with so many churches that are the product of their praying.
However, we also find ourselves in a very dangerous place. While the gospel has advanced around the world, the gospel in our country has become more and more about religion and less and less about a passion for Christ. In fact, you could easily use the word apathetic to describe most churches and Christians in our country these days. We have been saved, but because of our entitled way of thinking we now think the Gospel is something we deserve. And we treat it as such.
Have you ever noticed how differently you treat something that you think you have earned or deserved. Contrast that with how you treat something you didn’t earn or didn’t deserve. When we think we deserve something, we act entitled and self-righteous about it. “I work hard, so I deserve a new car. I put up with a lot of work, so I deserve a raise. I put up with a lot at home so I deserve a vacation.”
Really? You deserve? If we feel like we deserve the Gospel, we don’t understand the gospel in the slightest. We don’t deserve the Gospel, we deserve wrath. And if we don’t understand that, the Gospel will not triumph in our world. When we think we deserve something, we keep it all to ourselves. It’s ours. We earned it. When we we get something we didn’t deserve we share it with the world. Have you ever been surprised to get an award or other form of recognition? How many people did you tell about it? I’m guessing you didn’t keep it to yourself, but instead, told the world.
We must understand that what we deserve is wrath, but that while we were still sinners – Christ died for us. Even though we were covered in the filth of our own sin, Christ died for us. We didn’t deserve it. That is the Gospel. And that is the Gospel we pray would run and triumph. Join us toda in praying that the true message of the Gospel would spread like wild fire and conquer the strong holds of evil in the world in which you live. Pray for the Gospel to triumph in your 8 to 15. Pray that the Lord would speed on and Triumph in the same way He did in the early church.
The Three for Morning, Afternoon and Evening.
“Now for Next” Prayer
What do we need to do now as a church to be ready for what God has for us next.
“What’s My Role” Prayer
Pray for God to show us the role we will play individually in accomplishing that mission.
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.