Pastor Daniel said something in his sermon on September 16 that shook me like a cold splash of water on a bleary face. He challenged us to pray for his preaching and concluded that there would be a level of fruitfulness from it that would be absent if we failed to pray for him. If we fail to pray, we fail to obtain (James 4:2).
So, with this charge from our pastor, let us not view ourselves as spectators on Sunday morning. We are not the fans in the bleachers observing the plays on the field. We are not meant to observe the pitches thrown, the swings swung or the outs made. We were meant to be in the mix, providing the support and making the plays.
Let us pray, Grace Church. Let us shake off the indifference that so easily settles into our hearts regarding prayer. What may God be pleased to do over the next four weeks in the life of this church if we would pray for our pastor? Pray that God gives him wisdom and understanding as he studies the text for the sermon during the week. Pray for God to give him boldness and power in his preaching on Sunday morning. Pray that God would bring sinners to church to hear it. Pray that hearts would pass from death to life through the preaching of God’s Word.
Let’s set down our peanuts and Cracker Jacks and pick up our glove and hat. Let’s move from the bleacher to the ball field. This is a fight of faith we are in. By the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit let’s resolve this week to pray with increased fervor. The souls of our neighbors and friends hang in the balance and on the precipice of eternity.
“Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God, and their faith in Jesus.” Revelation 14:12