Thursday, January 26, 2012

Church Planting requires Persistent Prayer

Every week I spend at least one day doing sermon study in Beaumont. Until we sell our home in Groves I'm keeping an office near the house for study but I still make an intention effort to be around the people we hope to reach through our church plant, Cross Point. You might find me at Sertino's or Rao's part of that day but I also like meeting business owners and workers at various places in the Old Town neighborhood or in Downtown. The first thing I do when I get to Beaumont for the day is pray. I drive up and down the streets of "The Oaks" and pray for the residents-- mainly that God would awaken them to the glory of His gospel.

Presently our church is meeting on Wednesday nights for prayer as well. We begin by praying as a group for our church and for the community (using our five "core values" to guide us). Then we divide up between guys and ladies. This is time to share more personal needs and offer accountability for each other. I cannot emphasize how important it is to bathe everything we do in this planting process with prayer. In 2 Corinthians 1:11 Paul says, "You also must help us by prayer, so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many." We do not call on others to join us in prayer (sharing "prayer requests") so that God might be convinced or browbeaten into doing what we think is right. Whatever God does-- whether we agree or understand-- IS RIGHT. We call others to join us in prayer so that when Christ is exalted through meeting our needs and responding to our requests more people will be aware of His glory and praise Him. The goal of prayer is to bring our will into alignment with the will of God so that Christ would be exalted.

We want Christ exalted through our lives and our infant church. We want Him exalted in our community. We want Him exalted in our marriages. We want Him exalted across the earth. So join us in prayer and pray with anticipation like David who said in Psalm 5:3, "O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch."

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