Pastor’s Reflection: Prayer

Declare a holy fast;

call a sacred assembly.

Summon the elders

and all who live in the land

to the house of the Lord your God,

and cry out to the Lord. (Joel 1)

 

Sow righteousness for yourselves,

reap the fruit of unfailing love,

and break up your unploughed ground;

for it is time to seek the Lord,

until he comes and showers his              

righteousness on you. (Hosea 10)

 

We definitely know that Jesus prayed a LOT. We also know that his twelve disciples and the early church prayed a LOT. And we also know that God was powerfully at work in and through the life of Jesus and the early followers of Christ. Is there a connection? I wonder what would happen if Kew Baptist really took hold of praying together as an act of dedication to God, humility, and service to those we seek to reach with His Love. And imagine what it could mean for your life and direction to set aside 1 week out of 52 (that’s a 1.92% tithe) to seek God in prayer and rededication. Faith pleases God and prayer is definitely an act of faith.

Therefore, I am calling everyone at KBC to an intentional and focussed week of prayer. Why? We need God to reveal his plans and purposes for us as a church, and, we need to rekindle our passion and devotion to Christ’s mission to our broken world.

How we respond will reveal several things right from the outset:

  • Do we as a fellowship depend and rely on God?
  • Do we believe in God’s power being released through prayer?
  • Are we willing to sacrifice comfort, time, and effort to seek God?
  • Do I actually know how to pray?

And this calls comes with a promise:

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 29)

And the very first Christians were described thus: They all joined together constantly in prayer… (Acts 1). And remember that Paul called the churches to this: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6)

I love you too much to allow you to be apathetic and indolent regarding prayer and the blessing it bestows. Therefore, in the Name and authority of Jesus Christ, our Lord, I’m calling everyone at KBC to join the week of prayer from Mon 1 Feb to Sun 7 Feb (details in Kew News).

Peace and Blessings,

Nicholas Tuohy

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