July’s Newsletter Article: A Plea For Prayer!

Acts 1:14 ESV

All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Acts 2:42 ESV

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Joel 1:14 ESV

Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.

In these three simple verses, it should be obvious that the act of corporate prayer is not only being regularly done by Christ’s disciples, but expressly called for by a prophet (among many). If there was ever a spiritual discipline which needs our immediate attention, it would be gathering as the body of Christ to pray!

I say this not only because it is our duty to ask for the Lord’s help in our country’s current state of unrest, but also to beseech the Almighty to make the Great Commission possible in this church and beyond. How many folks in Green Bay are actually saved? How many of them go regularly to church? How many genuinely call upon the Lord? As Christians, complacency is not a luxury we can indulge in as the world drags our family and friends towards eternal ruin. If you also haven’t noticed, the United States of America is looking a whole lot less united than it should. People are so lost in believing that if we just get the right candidate for the job, if they just write the best possible legislation, if we just apologize enough for (fill in your cause de jour), everything will turn out. I’m a cause and effect kinda guy, and in my estimation, if this approach was a successful, things would have changed ages ago. We need God’s intervention – not man’s supposed wisdom – and this requires us to gather and raise our intercessions and supplications to heaven. God is sovereign not governments.

Which leads me to my proposition: a corporate prayer service at Christ Alone on Sunday evenings at 6pm. I was thinking about starting this mid-July, the 19th, to be specific. Sunday’s service will differ from the Tuesday crowd by offering prayers out loud. Mind you, you don’t have to pray out loud if you attend, but we will make this verbal option available. Additionally, its length will be limited to half an hour in the beginning. You cannot believe how fast that goes when a number of folks are simply praying three to five minutes at a time!

The last great revivals which swept through our nation began close to two hundred years ago (1858) when our country was less than a tenth of its current population. They were preceeded by the first and second Great Awakenings. In every situation where whole communities were miraculous transformed, God’s chosen gathered for fervent, passionate prayer! Sometimes they even prayed through the night. The Holy Spirit had gripped them in an intense desire for the Lord’s kingdom to be made real right in their midst. These revivals helped to bring Christ to folks not only as personal Savior, but especially as Savior of the world. Who among you wouldn’t want that right now?

Why this holy conflagration stopped was easy: spiritual enthusiam cooled as soon as people became negligent in their prayer together. Ask yourself how important the transformational change you seek for the church and the world is to you. Then ask yourself what you are willing to do for it. We need prayer warriors today!

May our God of endless possibility and grace bless our time together beginning the 19th of July, and all to His glory! May He also powerfully devote our hearts to this task as He did for the disciples.

In His love,

John