A CALL TO EXTRAORDINARY PRAYER
JESUS CHRIST sets the example for all of us in the spiritual discipline of prayer. In Luke 5:16, “He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.”
In Luke 6:12, GOD’s Word says, “Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to GOD.” The very next day JESUS chose the 12 ”whom He also named apostles.”
So, JESUS often withdrew from people and went to a quiet place (the wilderness) to pray. Then, in Luke 6:12, JESUS prayed all night before He chose his 12 apostles the next day.
Since prayer was an absolute priority for JESUS, it also should be the highest priority for us!
Paul the apostle believed in the power of prayer. In II Thessalonians 3:1, he exhorted the Thessalonian belivers to pray for him and those who were with him. Paul had two specific prayer requests in verses 1-2:
1. Pray that the Word of the LORD may have free course and be glorified;
2. Pray that we may be delivbered from unreasonable and wicked men;
In II Thessalonians 3:3, Paul declared, “But the LORD is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.”
I have called our church family to extraordinary prayer during this “season” of our church’s ministry. We are on the brink of beginning the construction of a church building that has the potential of reaching thousands of people with the gospel of JESUS. “The evil one” is opposed to the construction of this building, and he will seek to do whatever means is necessary to stop the project. His strategy is to attack individual believers, marriages, families, and even our church family. According to JESUS in John 10:10, the thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, to kill, and to destroy.”
I am calling our church to extraordinary prayer! Let’s pray for GOD’s protection for each other, for marriages, for families, and for the unity of our church. “The evil one” has strategies to derail our future (Ephesians 6:11). As Paul exhorted the Thessalonians to pray for him and his ministry team, I am exhorting our church family to pray fervently and without ceasing to “guard you from the evil one.”
Our future is “as bright as the promises of GOD.” But, like JESUS, we must make prayer a priority in our daily lives. It is absolutely critical! “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).