Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… Is there anything serene in surrender?
The Random House Dictionary defines “serene” as “calm and unruffled”. When we think of surrender in our culture we think of beaten soldiers in battle or a pathetic sports team that has lost its fight.
North American folklore sees surrender in negative terms. The same Random House Dictionary defines “surrender” in a negative light, saying: “to give up possession on demand or under duress; to abandon or relinquish hope; to give up oneself especially as a prisoner.”
The word “surrender” has gotten a bad rap in the English language. I wonder if it’s done any better in any other language.
And so, it might seem strange when I ask you and your church to consider joining the entire Fellowship family to surrender and pray together on Sunday, November 15, 2015. This special Sunday is our annual “Fellowship Day of Prayer.”
This is a Sunday set aside for all who are part of our church movement to:
- Pray for our churches, leaders, pastors, people, missionaries, chaplains and national/regional staff.
- Pray for specific needs or projects or ministry initiatives.
- Pray for God-honoring preaching in our churches.
- Ask God for advancement in our nation and beyond in the name of Christ. And,
- Seek Holy Spirit-empowered revival moving all of us in our walk with Him.
Plan on featuring our Fellowship in your worship service on Sunday, November 15. Maybe its several minutes in the worship service, or an extended time of prayer on that weekend. You could show the Fellowship’s identity video, “We are the Fellowship” (Click HERE to view; 4 minutes in length), as a means to educate your congregation about the family of which they are a part.
Plan to pray. Click HERE to see further tools and support to make this a meaningful time in prayer for your church and our entire Fellowship of churches. Our leaders need your prayer. Our teens need your prayer. Our missionaries need your prayer. Our chaplains need your prayer. Our churches need your prayer.
Let’s get on our knees together on November 15 and pray for, “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.” (Matthew 6: 10). Surrender ourselves afresh to the Lord and declare we want His will to be done.
On Fifth Avenue in New York City in the GE Building (formerly known as the RCA Building), you’ll see a huge statue of Atlas. A massive muscular man straining under the weight of holding up the whole world.
However, across the street is St. Patrick’s Cathedral. If you go behind the altar you’ll find a life-sized statue of Jesus as a child. He is holding the earth easily in his one hand with no strain.
The choice is ours: surrender and we will know power, or control and we will know stress.
On November 15, let’s pray together: “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done.” God’s Kingdom is wherever Jesus is allowed to be King. God’s Kingdom is wherever God’s will is being done.
Have a blessed week,