Our Church At Prayer
The book of Acts presents the story of the miraculous spread of the gospel. Literally thousands of people repented and believed. Churches were planted in places like Galatia, Corinth, Philippi, and Rome. In this book of the Bible, we read the amazing accounts of conversions: the apostle Paul on the road to Damascus; Lydia, the seller of purple from the city of Thyatira; the Philippian jailor and his entire family; Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, along with his household. We also read about the persecution of believers: Stephen was stoned to death; Peter and John were put into custody; Paul was stoned at Lystra; the Jews set the whole city of Thessalonica in an uproar and attacked the house of Jason.
In spite of the persecution, the gospel continued to spread. Acts 19:20 says, "So the word of the LORD grew mightily and prevailed." When threatened with harm, Peter and John declared in Acts 4:30, "We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." In Acts 8:3, Saul "made havoc of the church, entering every house, and dragging off men and women, committing them to prison." Yet verse 4 declares, "Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word."
Remarkable! Just what was the "secret" behind these amazing stories. How could the early church continue to be so bold in the midst of persecution? How could so many people come to faith in JESUS - individuals as well as 3,000 at the Day of Pentecost. The answer is found in Acts 4:31: "And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the HOLY SPIRIT, and they spoke the Word of GOD with boldness."
Prayer must become a greater priority at Circle. With this burden/conviction in mind, I am going to invite our church family to join me for one hour of prayer on the last Wednesday night each month in the chapel. I also want to invite church choir members to attend, since the choir does not conduct practice the last Wednesday night of the month. It is time for us to cry out to GOD in prayer: to pray for ourselves; for each other; for unity in the church; for an outpouring of GOD's SPIRIT upon all of us; for personal brokenness; for the salvation of the lost; for our nation; for the upcoming elections. NOW IS THE TIME TO PRAY.
Our first Wednesday night hour of prayer will be held next Wednesday night, October 26, in the chapel at 6:15 pm. I want to invite all members of the church to join me and others as we cry out to GOD is desperation. Join with me in praying for a spirit of brokenness, repentance, revival, extraordinary prayer, fasting, spiritual awakening, and a renewed passion to reach people with the good news of the gospel.