Day Twenty Three

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 21

As we come to the end of the Gospel of John in our daily reading let us take great hope. As your pastor, I want to encourage you during this time. Jesus loves His church. Jesus loves His people. Jesus loves you. I firmly believe that God is going to use this to make His church better. There are things that we are discovering daily about ourselves. We are discovering that we took for granted our public gathering together. I know so many that long to be together again. We also learned that we put focus on things that we don’t need to focus on. There are essential things that we need to focus on and non-essentials that we can do without. The Gospel of John shows us the heart of Jesus. His heart for His people. A heart that I pray we have regained during this time.

John 21:15-17
15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”

Here we see an encounter between Jesus and Peter. Peter had just denied Jesus three times and wept bitterly. Peter was now back to doing what he knew how to do, fish. Jesus comes to him and gives him his new job. “Feed my sheep.” As your pastor one thing that I have always taken serious in my ministry is the responsibility to teach the Word. I have felt that it is necessary over anything else that we are in the Word. That you are fed. This is why we do daily readings, Bible studies, and spend great amount of time in God’s Word. The Word will always come first. But here is the deal. Put your name in the spot of Peter. We need to realize that we are now in a unique time that we have our children with us at home all the more. We should be influencing our children with the truth of the Gospel.

Feed your sheep. Team them about God’s Word. Don’t Waste Your Quarantine. Friends I say this not only to you, but myself. We are called to shepherd our own families. We are called to raise our children in the ways of the Lord. Are you taking advantage of the time you’ve been given? Take time today to read God’s Word as a family, to pray as a family, and to help them know Jesus.

Adoration– Praise God for His truth. Praise Him for the faithful men and women that have fed you.

Confession- Confess to Him where you’ve failed as a parent. Confess to Him your fear, your struggle, your unwillingness. Many do not do this simply because they are unwilling. That is sinful, pray for forgiveness.

Thanksgiving- Thank God for your family. Thank God for this time that you have with them. Thank God for loving you.

Supplication- Pray for your family. Pray that you will be a faithful father or mother. Pray that you will do as God has called you to do.

I am praying for you and thankful. Miss being with you.


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