Saturday, February 22, is “prayer day” for the Columbine congregation. Please sign-up for a 30 minute prayer time.
Do you want some ideas on how and what to pray? The sermon (“the dependency of discipleship” from Luke 11:1-4 will provide five major areas (realms, things) to include in our prayers. The rest of this article will give a few ideas concerning what to pray for concerning our community and this congregation.
- God Seekers. God is in search of people who deeply desire Him (John 4:23-24). For every member of this congregation to be like Hezekiah, “who set his heart to seek God, the LORD” (2 Chron. 30:19; 31:21). Ask God to providentially move in lives so that people who are seeking God will find us or that we will find them. This includes families and singles. This consists of all ages: anyone and everyone in this area who is seeking God.
- For those who are in “high positions.” There is plenty of chaos and ungodliness (in numerous forms) taking place in this world. Paul instructed us to pray for people in authority so that the people of God “may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Tim. 2:2).
- For any person under conviction from God’s Word to act on it. That conviction may have come from personal study or public instruction. Pray that the enemy will not snatch the Word from those hearts (Matthew 13:17).
- For the restoration of those who have left the faith. The Father is looking for them to come home (Luke 15:20), and we are praying from them to come to their senses (Luke 15:17) and come home (Luke 15:18, 20). “Your restoration is what we pray for” (2 Cor. 13:9).
- That God will “hedge” people from Satan. The conversation between Satan and the LORD that is recorded in Job 1 indicates that God can put a “hedge” around people (Job 1:9-10). Who do you know that needs a “spiritual hedge” to hinder the attempts of Satan?
- “Open doors” for the gospel (Col. 4:3). Pick out one person whom you regularly see (this is about anyone whose path you frequently cross) and pray from that person to be responsive to the gospel. Let us pray that “the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ” (Philemon 6).
I am out of space, and I did not even get to the congregational leaders or people’s health (3 John 2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul).