13 May, 2014
Post By : David Lindner
On Sunday, we just started a season of prayer as a church. It’s something we call Pray Through Pentecost. This year, Pentecost is on Sunday, June 8th, so we’re going to spend the next few weeks praying together as a church.
This isn’t new to us. It’s also not a new idea in general. After Jesus was resurrected from the dead, he spent 40 days with the disciples, teaching them about himself and building their faith. But, then 40 days after his resurrection, he ascended to heaven. And he told his followers to wait in the upper room until He sent the Holy Spirit. So, the 120 waited. And they waited. For 10 days they waited. That’s a long time to be cooped up in a room with 120 people.
But they didn’t just wait, they prayed. In fact, we read that they joined together in constant prayer (Acts 1:14). They spent the 10 days in prayer, so that when the promised Holy Spirit came, they were ready for it.
Here’s the amazing thing: they knew the Holy Spirit was coming, but they didn’t know what would happen or what it would be like. They knew they would recognize it because they had been told they would know his presence because they had been in the presence of Jesus.
What happened last year?
Since we did this last year, God has done some amazing things. One of those bringing us the Food Pantry. We were all praying for God to show us what we need to be doing now to be ready for what God has for us next. And right in the middle of that time of prayer, God sent us the Food Pantry. And that’s a ministry God has used to reach several for his Kingdom in the period of less than a year that we’ve been blessed to have it.
There were other things that happened as well, such as solidifying the name change, beginning to set the course for the kind of church we are becoming, bringing us staff members and church members and other things.
The thing to take away from last year, was that God loves it when His people are in constant prayer.
What about this year?
Our prayer is going to be much the same this year as it was last year. We are going to be praying for what God wants us to do now to be ready for what He has for us next. We call this our now to next prayer. And it’s something we need to devote ourselves to praying. We don’t want to do anything that isn’t going to be going in the direction God wants us to go.
Read the Blog!
(That’s what this article is by the way, a post on our blog.) Every day we are going to be posting a prayer focus and devotional on the blog to help keep us focused on praying the prayers God wants us to pray.
Eph 3:14-21 Prayers>
We also want to be unified in a specific prayer through this whole season. The prayer that we use to bring unity is one Paul prayed for the church at Ephesus. And that’s going to be our unifying prayer for SixEight Church as well.
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.
Will you stand in the gap?
Ezekiel 22:30 says this:
“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.”
If you want some interesting reading, read Ezekiel. In this chapter, God is speaking through the prophet about how there is no one in Israel doing what God had set out for them to do. There weren’t any who were doing the works of “gold” only works of “dross.” They had begun to do the opposite of what He had commanded them to do. Oppressing the poor and taking advantage of the less fortunate.
When God looked for someone who would “stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land” He found no one.
What about us? What about you? Will you stand in the gap? Will you do the work God requires, and be God’s mouthpiece (in word and work) to the land that so desperately needs Him.
If you will, join with us in this season of prayer. Let us all focus deeply and intensely on seeking God on behalf of SixEight Church. Let’s commit to standing in the gap between the God of heaven and lostness of earth and do whatever it takes to Make much of Jesus. Let’s be a people who glorify God with our lives, with our words, with our prayers. Let’s seek FIRST God’s Kingdom and God’s righteousness.