“Bearing Witness…Fall 2016”
First-Be a “Prayer Bear” (Sept. 29, 2016)
Awhile back I read a surprising article about bears. Even when they are not hibernating they like to hide away. They are rather private even introverted creatures at times. If they were “image-bearers” of God (that’s corny but I could not resist) they would be perfectly suited to be prayer warriors. “Prayer bears?” Enough on the bear theme but here is the point:
Our plan this fall is to invite everyone on our streets or in our complexes or wherever to join us at Cornerstone on November 20th. for a special evening of Thanksgiving called “Celebrating Jesus!” But honestly? That’s pretty nervy. I can think of thirty reasons why our neighbors might just disregard such an invitation…especially if we ask them to visit our homes first!
So…what would be a “force multiplier” for our efforts before we send out the invitations? Thirty days of prayer for each neighbor by name! Specifically. We dare not think that people will just respond because our words are polite or inviting. No. We want to ask God to soften the hearts of those we invite. We must pray believing that the Holy Spirit is at work in some of these people. We must believe that God wants to save souls and that He is working His list…and like good local missionaries we must believe that He is waiting to hear us say “Send me! I’ll invite them!”
Do we remember what Jesus did before he chose the twelve disciples? He spent the night in prayer! We read:
Luke 6:12-16 (NIV) 12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God. 13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles: 14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
God told Jesus whom to choose including the one who would betray him! So, let us proceed saying to the Lord “Please….work in the lives of my neighbors and chose the ones that you are calling and have made ready at this time. I will invite them awaiting your miraculous work in their hearts!”
More on this in the days ahead. Let’s be sure we are praying daily so that we can send out our invitations November 1 and wait expectantly for results. Blessings! Pastor Alberta