Vitality: August 2018 Prayer Point

Our prayer this month focuses on a Life Transforming Walk with Jesus. Learn more below.

The Service of Consecration has marked our covenant together to continue the journey of becoming a Healthy Missional Church that is in front of us.

This month, let us continue to bathe the Vitality Process in prayer.

A Life Transforming Walk with Jesus as a Missional Marker means:

  • We teach our people how to be attentive to Christ in all circumstances.

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3 (NIV)

  • Our people understand the radical nature of the message and mission of Jesus that continually destructs and reconstructs a person’s life.

“He must become greater; I must become less.” John 3:30 (NIV)

  • Our people are equipped and growing in their ability to use a variety of spiritual growth resources, experiences, and settings.

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (NIV)

Startling Statistics

  • 80% of believers surveyed indicated that having a deep personal commitment to the Christian faith is a top priority
  • When asked what is the most important thing they hope to accomplish in life, only 20% mentioned anything directly related to spiritual growth
  • 95% of adults acknowledge that their church encourages spiritual growth
  • 50% believe that discipleship is in the top 3 priorities of their church
  • 9 out of 10 adults surveyed indicated that if their church helped them to identify specific spiritual‐growth goals to pursue, they would at least listen to the advice and follow parts, if not all, of it

Source: barna.org

Let our prayers be heard this month, that First Covenant Church dwells daily in the Word of God and that His Words linger on our lips in sharing what we know.

Will you pray:

Father God, We are Your Children of light, but often we do not feel equipped to press on with the work You have instructed us to do. Send your Holy Spirit to guide us on the path you have laid out before us, even before time began. Draw us near to You, removing all the empty and broken pieces of ourselves, so that we may be filled with Your goodness and wholeness. Because of Christ Jesus’ death on the cross, we have the Living Water and are filled with the power of the Spirit. Help us to lean on you in all circumstances and prepare our hearts to be ready and willing for worship, for devoted time reading your Word, and for being in Your presence daily. Shape us in your image, over and over again. In Jesus’ most Holy and perfect name we pray, Amen.

Care to Comment?

  • In what ways are you becoming more like Jesus, being His hands and feet in this world?
  • How do you see the Spirit at work in your life?
  • What resources do you use to live a life more like Jesus?

3 Responses

  1. Jesus said, "A new command I give you, love one another as I have loved you. By this they will know me (paraphrase John 13:34-35). This is foundational to the church Jesus Christ started when he called and commissioned his disciples from the very beginning. This is the Scripture God shared with me when he called me to lead a small group. If we are to be like Christ, then this will be above all else we do - it was what he modeled for us every day that he lived on this earth. This love is the heart of God, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that who ever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). Because his mercy is unending, he reached out in love, offering grace the undeserved pardon for my sins, and the sins all who confess their sinful hearts and need of a Savior. This always cuts deep into my heart when I think about what he's done for me. This love, manefest through God's grace is what Christ likeness means to me. This is what I pray for God to give me - his deep love, his grace for others - transforming me into the likeness of his son. His mercy, love and grace are greatly needed in a world where we will have trouble (Jesus said so himself, see John 16:33). I am asking God in my prayers help me look around me and see who who he would have me offer his love and grace to during troubled times - to give me his eyes and heart to walk with them as Jesus did. He has responded and I'm prayerfully following his call. He has called me to walk alongside a mission in Ethiopia - Hope For Korah - to sponsor a home for elderly men with leprosy. A little bit about Korah - the people of this village survive by eating what they are able to rummage from the town's dump. Hope For Korah has raised up a compound where, with sponsors, a home, regular nutritional meals, training and medical care is provided for individuals and families. The men I sponsor now have a home, regular nutritional meals and medical care. God has raised up hope in the midst of trouble for these people and has blessed me to be able to be a sponsor showing God's love and grace through meeting their needs. God has called me to offer his love and grace to others who are walking through chronic illness. He has given me the gift of offering encouragement through his word as they experience very difficult circumstances - even to the point of ending their lives. He has brought through similar circumstances giving me understanding of their circumstances through my own and equips me accordingly. The apostle Paul says it so well, He comforts us in troubled times so that we can comfort others going through similar troubles (paraphrase 2 Corinthians 1:4). Those he has called me to encourage know that there is always someone they can talk to who will show them God's love and bring them to his word reminding them of his all sufficient grace. Jesus calls us to love one another as he has loved us and that to me is an overwhelming assignment in a world filled with trouble. The good news is that I have been fully equipped with what I need to do this - God's Word - my advisor, His Son Jesus Christ - my role model, and the Holy Spirit - my comforter, helper and counselor who leads me in the truth of all that Jesus said. In my humanness I fail miserably. But I take heart knowing that I am not alone. God is only a prayer away and will make provision for what he calls me to do.
    • I'm not sure why this comment was formatted this way. I submitted it in the proper form - in paragraphs separating each new thought. I'm sorry that it came out all jumbled together. Is there a way to edit it - not seeing it?
      • Melissa Falde
        Nancy, Thank you for bringing this formatting concern to us. We are reviewing our options for paragraph breaks in the comments section and hope to resolve this issue. As for your previous comments, I appreciate you sharing with us, the walk you are on with God. It is apparent in your journey that He truly has equipped you along the way, and to bless others in return. May we all realize His hand in our lives the way you have, and seek to lean on Him and in His Word every step of the way. Thank you for freely sharing your heart with us! ~Melissa F.

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