|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Mighty Prevailing Prayer”
Our Bible verse for today: “Brothers and sisters, pray for us.” 1 Thessalonians 5:25 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Be among people who pray”
One of the ways to learn to be a mighty prevailing pray-er is to be among people who are. A great truth about human nature is that over time we become like those we associate with. If you hang around with bank robbers long enough, pretty soon you will probably be robbing banks too. If you spend a lot of time with people who like the Tennessee Titans, pretty soon you will be a Titans fan too. Likewise, if you spend a lot of time with people who believe in the power of prayer and who are committed pray-ers, soon you will be praying more too. We become like those we associate with.
At Oak Hill Baptist Church we believe in the power of prayer, and our congregation is made up of people who are committed to the ministry of mighty prevailing prayer. We’re one of those churches that still has a weekly prayer meeting. In fact, we have two of them – Sunday morning at 8:30 and Wednesday night at 6:00. We also have a prayer request list which is published in the Sunday bulletin each week and which many of us take home and use in our personal prayer time.
We also do something we call “prayer letters”. Often, when we pray for someone, we then write them a short letter telling them that we prayed for them, and it is signed by everyone who prayed. Those prayer letters are sent not just to our own members, but to their family members, friends, co-workers, and to people in places all around the country. We frequently get replies from people informing us of how touched they were to know we prayed for them.
Another thing that happens at our church because of our prayer ministry is what we read of Paul doing in 1 Thessalonians 5:25 (above). In that case, Paul knew the Thessalonian Christians were mighty pray-ers, and so he asked them for their prayers. We get that all the time too. People frequently contact us asking us to pray for them. And, we’re happy to oblige. Intercessory prayer is a privilege. We’re eager and willing to bring others before our heavenly Father’s throne of grace and to make requests on their behalf. If you attend our church for any length of time you’ll hear a lot about prayer, prayer requests, prayer letters, and answers to prayer.
I encourage all of us to be among people who pray. And if prayer is not a prominent part of the life of your church, then you be the one to begin changing that. You be the mighty prevailing pray-er, and then invite others to join you.
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