Today we are focusing our prayers of the Global Church, the collective Body of Christ. I believe today the premise with which we come to prayer would be with a spirit of humility and yieldedness to what the Lord is saying.
Andrew talked to our interns yesterday about the challenges we face as leaders of local churches. People will always misunderstand your ministry style, your motives and your mandate. You cannot prove yourself right in an argument. Only the fruit will tell. He taught that judgement is one of the vices that we need to be aware of.
One of the ways we can stop judging is to PRAY. When you pray for someone perceived as your enemy, the ability or desire to judge diminishes.
The Lord directly spoke to the 7 different churches in different ways regarding different issues. So why do we get caught up in our differences instead of the fact that we are on the same team?
So let’s declare the ‘i am connected to something much bigger than myself’
We get to co-labour with Jesus as He build what He promised to build – His Church.
“The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Everyone who hears this should say, “Come!” If you are thirsty, come! If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It’s free!”
It’s such an incredible partnership with the Spirit to say ‘come’ to the lost. This is what matters.
Let’s celebrate our diversity and continue to pray for The Lord’s local church and its leaders.
Pray for more people to be called into full time ministry to church plant. To rise up in their God-given authority to lead, to pioneer, to risk it all to follow the call of God.
in 2002, Bill Hybels wrote “Courageous Leadership” and included his personal words about this truth; “There is nothing like the local church when it’s working right. Its beauty is indescribable. Its power is breathtaking. Its potential is unlimited. It comforts the grieving and heals the broken in the context of community. It builds bridges to seekers and opens its arms to the forgotten, the downtrodden, and the disillusioned. It breaks the chains of addictions, frees the oppressed, and offers belonging to the marginalized of this world. The potential of the local church is almost more than I can grasp.”
Let us pray today with a love and affection for the Church across the earth.