A PASSIONATE CALL FOR PRAYER
As I shared with our church family on Sunday morning, I really have a burden on my heart to lead our church in a more concerted effort in prayer in 2022. In my comments, I talked about the reality of spiritual warfare. As we are on the brink of finally beginning the construction of our new church facility, I believe we must be spiritually prepared for a frontal assault by Satan. Our adversary knows the remarkable potential of our church’s ministry to impact the lives of thousands of people. As you already know, over 10,000 homes are going to be constructed within a 3 mile radius of our new church campus. GOD has positioned us in a miraculous way to impact our city and county with the gospel of JESUS.
Satan will do whatever he can to stop the work of GOD. We must realize that, according to Ephesians 6: 12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers fo the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” I Peter 5: 8 cautions us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks aobut like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
Because of the magnitude of the future ministry of Redemption Hill, I expect an all-out attack by the devil against marriages, against families, and against the unity of our church. I am calling our church family to concerted prayer. Pray for GOD to build a hedge of protection around the marriages of members of our church. Pray for GOD to build a hedge of protection around the families in our church. Pray for GOD to build a hedge of protection around our church family as a whole. Pray for GOD to empower us to endeavor “to keep the unity of the SPIRIT in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3).
Paul the apostle experienced opposition from the devil. In I Thessalonians 2:18, he wrote, “Therefore we wanted to come to you - even I, Paul, time and time again - but Satan hindered us.” II Corinthians 2:11 says, “ . . . that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.”
The New Testament reminds us of the significance of prayer in spiritual battle with the devil and his forces of evil. Ephesians 6: 17-18 says, “Take…the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the SPIRIT, which is the Word of GOD, praying at all times in the SPIRIT, with all prayer and supplication.” I agree with Pastor John Piper: “Do not be outwitted by Satan. GOD sees behind enemy lines and tells us all we need to know to not be ignorant of Satan’s designs.”
Prayer indeed will play a critical role in our church’s ministry this year. JESUS calls us to wartime prayer in Luke 21:36: “Watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” Peter also reminds us of the urgency of prayer in I Peter 4:7: “The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minged for the sake of your prayers.”
JESUS illustrates for us the critical importance of prayer when we face the opposition of the devil’s evil attacks in Luke 22: 31-32: “Satan has asked to have you that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail."
So, again, please accept my plea - my challenge - to ramp up your prayer life for marriages, for families, and for our church as we enter this critical stage in our church’s history. You can make a huge difference in our church’s ministry through your prayer life in 2022.
And, as we engage in this serious battle, let me remind you of I John 4:4b: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” I John 5:4b reminds us, “And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith.” We exercise faith when we pray. We prevent the successful attacks of the devil when we pray. SO LET’S PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!