Recently, I heard a friend of mine preaching on prayer, and he reminded me of something I’ve heard people in the church world toss around from time to time. “This thing will get done in prayer.” Basically, anything you’re doing needs to be saturated in prayer, begging the Father to be gracious as we put forth effort in whatever endeavor we’re taking on.
One of our primary strategies as a new church plant is to be a people who are committed to tons of praying. Jesus told us that apart from him, we’re done (John 15:5). And as I read through Galatians 6:7-9 today, here is part of the conversation I find myself having with God as I work this.
You are amazing, Father, so good to remind us graciously of where we tend to go astray. We are a people, Father, who quickly tend to drift, forget or look away from you. And in doing so, even as we continue to do works of the ministry, or open our home to neighbors or friends who don’t know you, we often find ourselves sowing more to the flesh than we do to the Spirit. We find ourselves frustrated, tired, empty, grinding out yet another task or responsibility. We find ourselves “doing”, but yet reaping no joy, no life, no contentment.
Would you help us to be a people who have eyes that are not on the seen, but the unseen? Would you help us to walk by faith and not by sight?
Would you cause us to be a people who fixate on Jesus and the future hope and promises you have given us now as your children, through his accomplished work?
Would you help us to sow to the Spirit, and believe you to bring fruit and results in your time, and in the way you would have it?
Please be good to your children and help us not to not grow weary in doing good — not just doing good work, but doing good to people, loving them and seeking their best, as you call us to love our neighbor as ourselves?
Thank you for building your church in the Kennebunks, ultimately for your glory and our joy in you. Help us to always draw our motivation for mission as a church from a sheer joy and delight in who you are and what you have done for us. You’re amazing, and we love you because you first loved us. Please hear my prayer this morning.