Be praying these things for Jay Collier, our newest elder among Mambrino Baptist Church.
- A gospel minister is made competent by grace
Pray for Jay to depend on grace to do the work among us and not on his own intellect. Pray for Jay to boast in his weakness and depend on grace. He will be tempted to fear because of his weaknesses. Ask God to make his grace known to Jay.
- A gospel minister ministers the gospel
Pray for Jay to deliver the gospel like a faithful workman. Pray for him to be a skilled master builder working always with the gospel. May God help Jay apply the gospel to the unbeliever and believer.
- A gospel minister is aware of Christ
Pray for Jay to boast in and depend upon Christ. Pray for Jay to work by the power of the Holy Spirit. The only way Jay is going to make it as a pastor among us is if he is aware of how the Father, Son, and Spirit make him competent for this work.
- A gospel minister is fruitful
Ask God to use Jay to bring many sons and daughters to faith in Jesus Christ. Ask God to use Jay to disciple believers, reconcile family members, heal marriages, and instruct the saints.
- A gospel minister is ambitious
Ask God to give Jay clarity concerning the work he needs to do among us. There is much to do. What is Jay’s role? Pray and ask God to show Jay how to please Christ as he works among us.
Care Group is our Wednesday Bible study that meets from 6:45-7:45 pm at a members’ house. Care Group meets every other week (9/18, 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, etc.). The time together is spent on a simple meal, praying for one another, reviewing the sermon text from the previous Sunday, then seeking to help one another apply that text to life. It is helpful to look or listen to the sermon and discussion question posted on this blog before attending Care Group.
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Our youth are at camp this week. You know you should be praying for them, but what should you pray for? Alvin Reid, in his book Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out, gives us five helpful ways to pray.
- Ask God to open their spiritual eyes (2 Cor. 4:4).
- Ask God to give them ears to hear (Matt 13:15), faith to believe (Acts 20:21), and a will to respond (Rom 10:9).
- Ask God to send people into their lives to witness to them (Matt 9:38).
- Ask God for ways to build caring relationships (1 Cor 9:22).
- Ask God for an opportunity to invite them to an event where the gospel is shared (Luke 14:23).
Our youth are at camp, an event where the gospel is shared. Join me in praying for the realization of the other 4.
Consider these facts
- Jesus is fully God
- Jesus could do nothing on his own
- Jesus was a person of prayer
The mirage of autonomy and self-sufficiency is effectively cutting us off from God’s abundant resources through the Word and prayer. Our busy lives are not the problem. Our pride is the problem.
Another reason I struggle to pray is, I forget all that Jesus has done. Looking at the power of Jesus stirs me up to pray. If you are having a hard time praying, try reading through this list one at a time or until one particular miracle catches your attention.
One reason I struggle to pray is I forget, or don’t think clearly, about my heavenly Father. Here is a list of God’s attributes compiled by the Navigators. You can read one a day to start your time with God. Or, you can read through the entire list until a particular truth stirs you to pray.
I was raised in a traditional Baptist church (for which I am very thankful). But this beneficial upbringing left me a bit uncertain about what to do with my hands during worship and prayer. Maybe you can relate to Tim Hawkins.
On a more thoughtful note, I want to recommend Sam Storm’s blog post where he lists several passages referring to our hands and then draws some implications for times of worship, both individually and corporately. Check it out here- Sam Storms, I Will Lift Up My Hands