People are usually attracted to bad news. But after being in lock down for over a month, people are searching for hope and inspiration.
Some have decided to make their own hope and inspiration through positive thinking. And for many in our city, peace comes from the statistics of what seems to be a flattening of the curve. But sometimes the images of the curve flattening can unintentionally be misleading because in the case of deaths, a flattened curve still means that every single day, hundreds of people are still dying.
Why do Christians pray?
Is prayer where we find hope and inspiration? The world does not understand. They think it is ridiculous when Christians say, “I’ll pray for you.” It doesn’t help that many times, those four words are used without much thought or intention. And the world recognizes it and that’s why religion and Christianity specifically is many times looked down upon and ridiculed. But it’s not just the world. The epistle of James also agrees.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.James 2:14-17
We don’t perform or give a prayer to appease God of something. And prayer is not some magic words that will somehow fix all our problems. It is faith that brings us to pray. Faith in who God is and faith in what God said through the Bible. But not only that, true faith is reflected by what we do after we pray. And I believe true faith will rise up through this unique season.
God is purifying our faith. God is calling his people to consecration and holiness. And God will use this season to bring us to greater intimacy unlike ever before in our lives. One way will be through this regional prayer gathering on Thursdays. There is no other agenda, there is no other organization or church or ministry. We are coming together simply under the banner of Jesus.
Prayer is not the least we could do.
Prayer is the greatest thing we could be doing right now. As God purifies faith and we begin to act according to faith, we will recognize that prayer is not the last resort. It is our first and most important imperative.
I see this season of lock down as a turning point in faith for many Christians. And particularly these Thursday prayer meetings, I believe that there will be testimonies of people who will find their first love for Jesus for the first time! There will be testimonies of salvation, healing and restoration of faith.
We do not pray to find hope and inspiration. We pray because we already know that hope and inspiration has a name, and His name is Jesus Christ. We pray knowing that God is sovereign and has the power and authority over all things. We pray knowing that His love is everlasting and His will is perfectly righteous and good.
We do not pray to find hope and inspiration. We pray because we already know that hope and inspiration has a name, and His name is Jesus Christ.Tweet
This Thursday we will focus specifically on interceding for healing.
Physical healing for those suffering because of COVID-19 and other physical pain, illnesses and diseases. Relational healing of brokenness and division. And Spiritual healing for the lost to find salvation from eternal judgment, freedom from the bondage of sin and death, and hope of in Jesus Christ!
This is a call to restore. If you are available, join me and many other ministries, leaders and churches in our region every Thursday night at 7:00 PM. For more information, you can find it on our Instagram @pifcollege and find the link in our bio.
Below is a recorded live stream of our second prayer meeting.