Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. (Col. 4:2)
In a prayer update from the president of Calvary Bible College, Dr. James Clark mentioned that the average pastor spends 5-7 minutes in prayer a week according to the latest survey. The lack of prayer has a direct connection to the lack of power in our churches. Prayer is the power line connecting God’s people to His unlimited supply of strength and vitality. On the other hand, the great Puritan pastor Johnathan Edwards commented, “When God has something very great to accomplish for his church, it is his will that there should precede it the extraordinary prayers of his people together.”
Does God have something very great for Holden FBC to accomplish for His glory? I believe so, but in order to see that come to fruition is must be preceded and even carried with a devotion to prayer. Not prayer just to check it off the to-do list, but prayer that calls upon God in faith and urgency and desperation and love. The apostle Paul counseled the Colossians, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” Prayer of an alert mind means that it is done with thoughtful, God-pleasing petitions. Of course, we should always be thankful for the access we have to God’s grace through our Lord Jesus Christ. Are we devoted to that kind of praying?
When the first Christians were being formed into a church, the apostles had to prioritize what they would spend their time doing. With hundreds upon hundreds of new Christians to care for, the demands were growing. Therefore, to help ease the burden, deacons were chosen to care for the needs in the church for this purpose, “Then we apostles can spend our time in prayer and teaching the word" (Acts 6:4). Prayer has to be the priority of church leaders, not an optional addition to a busy schedule. Apart from the working of God, all efforts are in vain.
A. C. Dixon has a good word for Holden FBC, “When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do; when we depend upon what man can do, we get what man can do (we could add that when we depend on what government can do, we get what government can do); but when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do.” Let us devote ourselves to prayer so that we get what God can do for His glory in the world.
-The Church Health Team we are putting together to assess where we are and plan for the future
-Use your church directory to pray for the spiritual growth of those in our membership (you can use Colossians 1:9-14 as a model prayer for this). Healthy churches have healthy Christians.
-That God would raise up godly, spiritual leaders to direct our church in the way we should go
-For unity in the Word of God from the Spirit of God to work together for God’s glory in the world
-To select appropriate priorities and make God-honoring plans for our ministry as a church
His kingdom come, His will be done,