Choosing the focus of our quarterly prayer meetings is no easy task. You could make a good argument that every realm of our life and mission as a church merits intercession. There is also compelling biblical precedent for focusing our prayers on a specific issue. The early church didn’t make a series of generic requests to God in Acts 12. They specifically prayed for Peter’s release from prison and God answered their request with a mighty act of deliverance. We believe the Lord is no less eager to answer specific requests today.
Once a quarter, we gather as a church family to express our utter dependence on the Lord and ask for his divine help in a specific area of church life. It is not the only time we pray – public intercession plays a critical role in every Sunday gathering. However, our quarterly meetings enable us to linger on a particular issue without the time constraints of our morning worship service. They also give more of our members an opportunity to speak up, making our requests known to God and casting all our anxieties on him.
Our third quarterly prayer meeting this weekend will focus on young people in our church. I doubt I have to convince you that as our young people go so goes our church. We live In a nation filled with aging congregations whose children are increasingly disinterested in spiritual things. That is not God’s desire (Psalm 78:6-7). He is eager to work powerfully in the hearts of our students and young adults alike. He wants them to “not forget the works of God.” He wants them to “keep his commandments.” He wants them to “set their hope in God.”
So here’s what we need to do. We need to pray. We need to pray and keep on praying until the Lord does the supernatural work in their hearts that only he can do. What is impossible with man is possible with God (Luke 18:17). Whether you’re a teenager fighting to follow Christ, a mom trying to survive another day, or a grandparent longing to pass on the good news of Jesus Christ, join us Sunday evening for 90 minutes of earnest, focused, prayer for the next generation of disciples.
We will start promptly at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room and wrap up by 8:00 pm. If you hesitate to pray aloud in a small group because you don’t know what to say, don’t worry. You can simply use the prayer bullets we provide to express your heart to God. I hope to see you there!