PRAY FOR THE CHURCH
“Pray constantly for the love of God and Christ to fill the hearts of His people, and for the power of the Holy Spirit to come down and accomplish God’s work in this sinful world.” (Daily in His Presence by Andrew Murray, October 26th)
We are called to pray for The Church – fellow believers throughout the world. It’s not enough for us to say we are Christians and then not act as Christians. We know how difficult it is to live a Godly life. We face many trials and temptations each day, as do all fellow believers. We make poor choices more often than we would like to admit. But we are not alone in this. God has raised up intercessors to pray for His Church. Those intercessors ARE His Church! Yes, we are called to pray for the lost. We are also called to pray for each other who know our Father, and His Son, Jesus, and Holy Spirit. His Church is only as strong as the weakest link. He calls us to pray for each link, weak or strong. We may be one of the weak, but that doesn’t keep us from being an intercessor for all. God’s Church is the only hope for this world. We know that He will bring an end to this world as we know it. However, it is our job to be participants in growing that hope. As we lift each other up in prayer we bring strength to the Body of Christ. Let us pray for those who need to develop a more intimate relationship with the Father. Let us pray for those who allow worldliness to interfere in that relationship. Let us pray for those whose faith is not strong and, thus wander off His path for their lives. Let us pray for those who choose to be ‘religious’ instead of surrendered to the Lord. Let us pray for those who are deceived by false teachers. Yes, all of this includes you and me. Pray for each other in The Church, knowing that there are others praying for you. By doing so we bring hope to each other, to ourselves, and to the world.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom 15:13)
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