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Tuesday 11.24


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So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

– 2 Corinthians 2:16-20

There are many ways we might identify ourselves – profession, political party or ideology, ethnicity, moral code, gender, socioeconomic status, our place in our family, our failures or our successes… While all of these can be valuable pieces of ourselves to consider, Scripture teaches us that by being joined to Christ, our earthly identities become peripheral as we are transformed into a new, heavenly identity defined solely by Christ himself. Our reality becomes wrapped up in our union with him, and the dividing lines between us and God – and between each other – become barriers to break down, not to be upheld, as we become one together in him.

In a nation and time as divided as the United States in 2020, it is easy to give in to “us vs them” thinking. But the teaching of Scripture is clear – God has not only made a place for every single one of us into his family, but charged us to seek reconciliation in those around us, and to extend his invitation to all.

Pray today that God would rewire our community, country, and world to seek unity over divisions, love for neighbor and even love for our enemy, and that he would use us as ambassadors to invite every kind of person into his family.


Do you have a story of how God has moved in your life, or something you’d like prayer for? We encourage you to drop us a note at our Y(our) Story form so we can celebrate God’s work or join you in prayer.

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TUESDAY 8.6


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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 6:18


All of history’s great revivals have one attribute in common – people fervently prayed for them. In November 1949 in the Hebrides Islands, two elderly women in their 80’s were troubled at the state of their parish – not one young person attended church. These two women were moved to action and decided to pray about it. They met twice a week and prayed from 10pm – 3am. The women invited the church leaders and elders to pray with them.
A few weeks later Scottish preacher Duncan Campbell visited the island to preach. These women had a clear vision that he was supposed to stay and lead. During his time on Lewis Island, revival broke out and hundreds of people came to know Christ. On the first day of the revival, 122 young people were saved.


PRAY
“Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
– Karl Barth said “To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” Where is the disorder in y(our) world?
– Take 10min+ to name it and pray into it.
– Pray for the hurting, lonely, and oppressed.

PRAYER CALL FOR COVID-19


Join us Tuesday, October 6th at 7:30pm for a special prayer call specifically to pray about COVID-19; to mourn those lost, pray for the sick, and for the many complexities of pandemic life.. Zoom link here.

Zoom fatigued? Just tune in by audio, or submit a prayer request here.

Come to pray, or to be prayed for.

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Search me, O God, and know my heart.

Try me, and know my thoughts.

And see if there is any wicked way in me,

And lead me in the way everlasting.

  • Psalm 139:23-24

The more we grow in our relationship with God, the more we hear him call us to be sanctified and transformed – set apart for his purposes, becoming more like Jesus. The Bible offers various metaphors for this process – a potter working with clay, a gardener pruning a vine, a refiner purifying silver. All of these involve God rolling up his sleeves, getting his hands into our mess, removing impurities or excesses, and reforming us to be more like him. If we want to be a church that embodies God’s love, power, and presence, we must submit to his loving – even if painful – work in our hearts.

Pray for God to refine us, that we would submit entirely to his wise and loving will.

Pray that God would expose and rectify corruption and false teaching in the American church at large.

Pray that we would always be humble, individually and together as a church, to receive the Lord’s correction and the fires of his refining.

DAILY PROMPT

Set aside 10 minutes or more today to pray:

  • Spend 5 minutes listening, allowing room in your heart for the Holy Spirit to speak
  • Spend 5 minutes responding to what God speaks, or praying that God would breathe new passion into people’s prayer lives. Think of 5 specific people each day, or the same 5 for the whole week.