If you were with us for worship this past Sunday, you heard our elder chairman Jason Murphy share about an upcoming prayer focus in our church, scheduled for Oct. 24-25. We are excited about this “Day of Prayer,” and hope that each of you will answer the call to pray.
Admittedly, there’s something a little strange about calling for an emphasis on prayer…three weeks away! Be assured, it’s not because we don’t see the urgency of praying now, but we just needed to time to get people signed up and make sure there were no conflicts on our church calendar. I will assume also that God in His sovereign timing has led us to those dates.
But with that in mind, I wanted to encourage you to begin a focus on prayer immediately. Just because our 24-hour prayer focus doesn’t come for another couple of weeks doesn’t mean you can’t turn your attention to seeking the Lord now, “while He may be found” (Isaiah 55:6).
What does that mean? It means, first, that we start where we are. If you feel like prayer is not one of your strengths, that’s okay. You can come alongside the disciples who asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1) The key to prayer is not that we know all the answers, but that we are ready and willing to come before the Lord honestly, earnestly and expectantly. He will teach us–and we learn, by praying.
If you are like most of us and the busy-ness of life’s business sometimes crowds prayer out of your daily routine, let me suggest that you set aside some special time especially during the next two weeks to “devote yourself” to prayer (Colossians 4:2). You might want to also spend some concerted time in prayer with your family, or with your small group. You may even want to fast and pray one day a week, or more. I have no intention of prescribing what that means to you. I only hope you’ll seriously consider the call to seek the Lord.
What, specifically, are we praying for? Pray for yourself, that Jesus will reign as Lord over every area of your life. Lift your needs before Him, fervently asking, seeking, knocking on heaven’s door (Matthew 7:7). Pray for your family, that the will of the Lord would be done, and for our church and our communities. Pray for our nation, that God would bring revival to His people.
Remember the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
I can’t wait to see what God is going to do in the life of His people through our Day of Prayer, but also in the days leading up to Oct. 24. Will you devote yourselves to prayer? I will.
I’m praying for you, and look forward to seeing you this Sunday.