“You do not have, because you do not ask.” (James 4:2)

The apt warning is not designed to engender fear. Oh no. Unless I remember to pray for something, God won’t bless me! It’s a call to confident faith. Lord, give me the humility to bring my every need to you, knowing you delight to give good gifts to your children!
We gather on a Sunday evening as a church family once a quarter to do exactly that. We bring our requests to God in prayer for a specific area of our corporate life. We’ve prayed for the next generation. We’ve prayed for racial reconciliation. We’ve prayed for faithfulness in sharing Jesus with  our non-Christian friends. We’ve prayed for our elected officials.
Next Sunday, October 20th, from 6:30-8:00pm, we will gather again to pray for an outpouring of spiritual gifts in our congregation. We want to heed the Lord’s admonition to us in 1 Corinthians 14:1, “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” Like other prayer meetings we’ve hosted in recent years, we’ll break into small groups between songs of worship and intercede for a variety of needs under the general theme of spiritual gifts. Last Sunday was a powerful testimony as many came forward in prayer, asking God to grow them in this gift. If you missed the message last Sunday, click here to listen again or read the manuscript. This upcoming prayer night will build off of what we began asking God for last Sunday.
Spiritual gifts are not optional. They’re not items on the Christian menu we get to pick and choose at our leisure. They are absolutely essential if we are to continue growing and bearing fruit as a church, both individually and corporately. We cannot fulfill our mission, we will not help people enjoy a growing relationship with God, without the gifts of the Spirit, including the gift of prophesy. For the good of your own soul and the spiritual health of our church, I invite you to join us in prayer.
Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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