40 Days of Prayer.
I am so thankful that you have chosen to join us on this journey. Over the next 40 days we are going to be looking at God’s Word and letting it guide our prayer. We believe that God has big things in store for SBC. God is going to use these next 40 days to challenge us and lead us to be a more faithful church. I hope that you will be prayerful and pray for big things!
Read: John 20
John 20:30-31 “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are all written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”
Here we find the purpose of the Gospel of John. The purpose being that you would believe that Jesus is who He says He is. That you would believe in Jesus and have life. If you believe this to be true then there are implications on our lives. Things Jesus said we are to do or not to do ring true.
I’m sure that many of you, like myself, are curious to the days ahead. You are asking questions about how our country and world are going to change? We are looking at major changes in our economy, our way of life, and the way we do church for the time being. But if you claim to be a follower of Jesus and you believe that He is who He says He is, then there are some great truths that you and I need to rest in today.
1. Jesus church will not fail. Now this does not mean that through this that some church buildings may close. Some congregations will make hard decisions. This is why we need you to continue to be faithful to give to your local church. Support the work that continues. But Jesus church will not fail. The way church has looked has changed dramatically over the last 30-40 years, and now it’s about to change again, but the universal church will continue.
2. Jesus will provide. Jesus tells us on that great sermon on the mount to not be anxious. That God knows what you need and will provide for you. It may look different than how you’ve been doing it, but Jesus will not fail you.
3. Jesus is the only hope. In the midst of great chaos, Jesus is our constant. In the midst of uncertainty, Jesus is certain. It doesn’t matter what is going on in the world today, whether it is great economic growth or absolute chaos, Jesus is the only hope.
There is so much more that we must cling to, but I want to give you these to know that God is in control. Turn your hope to Him today. Go to the only source of hope that is to be found.
Adoration- Praise God for giving you a great sense of hope. Praise God for the truth of His Word. Praise Him for the Gospel of John and the words that bring comfort.
Confession- Confess to Him your lack of faith. Confess to Him your fear, your doubt, your anxiety. Cast all your anxiety on Him.
Thanksgiving- Thank God for showing you such tremendous grace and mercy. Thank Him for what He has so tremendously blessed you with.
Supplication- Pray for the church to continue to bring glory to Go. Pray that God would use this to purify His church, to prune His church. We know that John 15 says that He prunes those that bear fruit, pray that we continue to bear fruit. Pray for your heart, pray that you would remain faithful during this time. Pray that you would be able to share your hope today!
I am praying for you and thankful. Miss being with you.