Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve Jones here… You’ve heard about drive-by shootings. What about drive-by praying?
Last week we learned how to conduct a “Prayer Drive” – send people in small groups by car to pray for specific locations in your city, town or village.
We also took a peek at the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6 as we learned about the power of prayer in bringing us peace.
Philippians 4: 6-7 tells us that the secret to gaining inner peace is PRAYER.
The choice is mine. To worry or to pray – one brings stress, the other peace.
The secret to maintaining a peaceful equilibrium on a day-to-day basis is PRAYER.
And we learn how to pray – really well – by studying, investigating and learning from Jesus.
· In Matthew 6:12, we are told to “forgive our debts”. All of us have sinned and sinners universally have to deal with the guilt associated with sin. The antidote for guilt is forgiveness.
For serial-sinners, like you and me, that news should give us peace. The peace of knowing God never tires of assuring us He will forgive. God wants nothing to become a barrier to our peaceful co-existence.
· In Matthew 6:12, Jesus also tells us to “forgive those who have sinned against us”. Jesus expects us to act like God. Those who offer forgiveness truly understand the full weight of what they themselves have received when they received God’s forgiveness.
Whereas the antidote for guilt is receiving God’s forgiveness, the antidote for resentment is offering forgiveness.
And guilt and resentment are two of the greatest barriers to ever finding peace in life.
Forgiveness releases me and lets me sleep really well at night
· In Matthew 6:13, we learn that our Heavenly Father will not let us “yield to temptation, but deliver us from the evil one”.
Temptation is everyone’s daily reality. It seeks to rob us of peace each and every day. We can try to overcome it in our own frail human strength.
But that solution doesn’t work. The blood-stained cross is the solution. Sheer willpower eventually fails. The cross brings victory and the joy of knowing peace.
Fellowship DAY of PRAYER
I would encourage you to mark on you church calendar “The Fellowship’s DAY of PRAYER”, for Sunday, November 15, 2015.
This will be our third annual call to pray for our Fellowship Movement. To pray for its churches, leaders, people, missionaries, chaplains, staff and anyone else you desire.
Click HERE to go to our website and see tools and suggestions for your “Fellowship DAY of PRAYER”, and make Sunday, November 15, 2015 a special time of prayer. Spend a few minutes in your morning worship service or host an extended time in prayer for our Fellowship. The choice is yours — But please plan now to pray with God’s people for our Fellowship on Sunday November 15.
Have a blessed week,