2015 has begun! All of us are getting back to our regular schedules at school, work, and home… I believe that 2015 is going to be a pivotal year in the history of First Church, and I am looking forward to both the challenges and the opportunities that we will encounter during the year. We need to be prepared for both realities and I believe that the best way to be prepared is to bathe the year in prayer. I am, therefore, calling you to a season of prayer from now until Easter. I am asking you to spend time with God, seeking God’s will for our church. Each month will have a specific emphasis for our time with God.
Join me in January to pray about the condition of our world and its people. Where and how does God see our world and its communities struggling? If Jesus were to show up on earth today, what issues would He confront? Pray about these issues until you perceive that your heart is united with God’s desires for these issues.
Join me in February praying about the ministries of our church. Where is God working and blessing? What is Jesus hoping to accomplish through each of these ministries… our preschool, our child care, worship, discipleship, membership care, missions, evangelism, women’s ministries, men’s ministries, Sunday classes, small groups, youth, children, and adult ministries in Carrollton and beyond?
Join me in March in asking God how we as individuals are to participate in our ministries through First Church. Simply said, “God, in what ways are you calling me to participate in 2015 in your work through our church?”
I am asking you to conclude each season of praying by: 1) writing a few notes about what you perceive God has taught you, and 2) coming to the church and spending time in prayer on the last day of each month to seek God’s blessing on your season of prayer. On January 31st, February 28th, and March 31st, the Sanctuary or Prayer Room will be open from 7 a.m. until midnight. You are each invited to come and pray as your schedule allows. This is a big ask, but I believe it is crucial for 2015. Will you join me in prayer?