Today as a congregation Journey begins a 40 day prayer experience called UNLIMITED. As part of the congregation’s experience we have given away one book Draw The Circle by Mark Batterson for each family in the church. I encourage you to read along in that book with us. I’m sure the next 40 blogs will incorporate some material from that book, but my desire is to not just repeat it but give you what the Spirit is teaching me as I go through this 40 day prayer experience.
Is it just me or do you need encouragement that prayer makes a difference? I have a tendency to pray prayers that if I work hard and the church works hard we can accomplish. But where is the glory for God in that? I am learning to pray boldly. To pray prayers that if God does not act; they will not be accomplished. Specific prayers beyond what I can do. In this spirit Journey has come up with four goals that we will be praying about consistently over the next 40 days.
–Our entire building is built in 2 years with no lasting debt.
–52 baptisms in 2013 (we have had 10 so far)
–Worship attendance up by 100 people this year over last years average.
–Abortion ends in Fairbanks.
None of these are doable based on who we are and what we can do. All are miraculous. I am excited to see how God will answer each of these requests. When I study the words of Jesus I am stunned at what he says about prayer. Let me give you some examples.
“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”–Jesus
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” –Jesus
“Ask and you will receive . . .”-Jesus
Stunning, shocking and yet I tend to pray timidly rather than boldly. Now Jesus is not saying, and I am not advocating that God is a big vending machine in the sky that if we hit the right button we get everything we want. These must be God honoring requests. Just like any good parent God will say no to some and yes to others. But where is our childlike boldness, where is MY childlike boldness? if I had to sum up the teaching of Jesus concerning prayer in one word it would be ASK. So let’s begin there. Ask God for “God-sized goals” both in our church and in our personal lives. So what are you going to ASK for over the next 40 days?
Under His Mercy,
Journey Christian Church