Let me remind you of our vision: We desire to see a gospel-centered culture where every single person connected to Emmanuel is being conformed to the image of Christ through an intentional disciple-making process.
Are you continuing to preach the gospel to yourself and live in the glory of who you are in Christ? Are you praying for a gospel-centered culture in our church?
Our prayer is that every single person connected to Emmanuel is on this journey. The fact that you’ve spent 26 days in this 50-day journey means that you are serious and want to be connected.
Are you beginning to understand the need for an intentional disciple-making process? I use the word “intentional” because many times spiritual growth will not just happen by osmosis. We need a ministry or a strategy to help us in our growth. We need each other in community. We need the accountability of other believers who are in this journey with us. We need our church family.
That is why a disciple-making small group is so crucial.
As your pastor, I truly believe that this vision will not happen unless we all spend time on our knees in prayer. Prayer is crucial to this vision. We cannot force it upon Emmanuel nor is God obligated to bless it just because we have a “good idea”. I strongly believe that this is the direction that God is leading us, but I also want us to not miss out on what’s most important in this journey—growing deeper in our relationship with Christ through prayer.
Listen to some quotes on prayer:
“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”—Samuel Chadwick
“Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling Christian”. –D.L. Moody
“Prayer is a relationship, not just a religious activity. Prayer is designed more to adjust you to God than to adjust God to you. God doesn’t need your prayers, but He wants you to pray. You need to pray because of what God wants to do in and through your life during your praying.” –Henry Blackaby
“When we depend upon organizations, we get what organizations can do; when we depend upon education, we get what education can do, when we depend upon man, we get what man can do; but when we depend upon prayer, we get what God can do.” –A.C. Dixon
“We are constantly on the stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the church and secure enlargement and efficiency of the gospel…The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men…What the church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use—men of prayer, men mighty in prayer.”—E.M. Bounds
Read Psalm 42:1-2 and all of Psalm 63
Do you hear the passion and hunger in these Psalms? Words like seek, hunger, thirst, faint, and cling! These are desperate prayers from men who wanted more of Jesus.
Are you desperate for Jesus? Are you clinging to Him? Are you seeking Him and thirsting for Him and desiring Him and fainting and longing for Him?
Spend some time confessing your love for Jesus right now and seeking His face. Pray that prayer would be central to all we do as a church family.
O God, you are my God,
I seek You. I love You. I faint for You and desperately need You. I am thirsty for You! My soul’s one desire is for You! Make me a person of prayer! I pray that prayer would permeate all we do as a church! Send your Spirit upon us Lord to experience a renewal of prayer in our church!
In Christ’s name,