Our church plant just celebrated it’s One Year Anniversary! (Praise Jesus!) We celebrated with a cookout, sand volleyball, and football in the park. As I looked around, I saw a true family. People were laughing, hugging, and cared for each other through their words and actions. It seemed surreal. But none of this would be possible if our team had not been in prayer for our church and each other.
Here are 3 things we have prayed for our church:
#1: For God to go ahead of us
This may seem simple but it is not. Too many times as humans, we believe that we can do it on our own. We cannot!!! If we are going against God’s will, we will just end up banging our heads on the wall in frustration! Our poor decisions and choices will return harsh realities. (This is true in our personal lives as well.) We must ask God to go before us and to lead us where He wants us to go. Deuteronomy 31:8 says:
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
#2: For God to send workers
Now, when you begin to plant a church, you are just happy when people walk through your doors. Any people. But a church needs good leaders and workers to be able to be sustainable. You will not be able to minister effectively to non-Christians, new believers or their families if you do not have enough hands that are willing and able. It’s okay if minor things fall to the back burner at a church plant… but not having someone to take care of babies on a Sunday morning in the nursery is a problem. Luke 10:2 reads:
He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
#3: For God to protect the flock
Many on our team began to recognize when God was beginning to work within our church and through our church. Why? We were all hit hard with spiritual warfare. (See previous post.) When we realized that Satan was doing everything in his power to distract us, we buckled down and dropped to our knees for protection. In these times, we cannot become focused on the negative things that are developing around us. They are being used as a distraction device. Our God is not a god of confusion. Remember that. There are several verses in the Bible that talk of God’s protection. Here is one of my favorites: Psalm 91:1
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
Keep praying for your church. He hears you.