One of the takeaways from both our study of the book of Acts and our congregational meeting two weeks ago is that if we want to be a church that is effective in reaching people with the gospel, we need to first be a church that prays—both individually and corporately. We are going to take two immediate steps in that direction. First, whenever our mid-week service falls on a 5th Wednesday of the month, it will be devoted entirely to prayer. Rather than spending 15-20 minutes in prayer and 40-45 minutes in Bible study, we will spend the entire hour praying—for our church, our members, our community, and our nation. The first such date is July 29.

Second, we are asking all who are willing—and especially those who are members and regular attenders of our church—to devote the next 40 days to praying specifically for our church. Each day we will post a short prompt here on the website and on our Facebook page focusing on a specific prayer theme for the day.

Day 1 Theme: The Will of God

As we kick off our 40 Days of Prayer this week, we will begin by focusing on parts of the Lord’s Prayer:

“Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.”
(Matthew 6:9-10)

God is our Father, so he will hear our prayers. Like any good father, and more so than any earthly father, he loves to give good gifts to his children (Mt. 7:9-11; Jas. 1:17). However, God is also holy and transcendent. Our knowledge is ignorance in light of his knowledge, and our actions are futile compared to his ability to act.

“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the LORD.
‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways
And My thoughts than your thoughts.'”
(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Pray today that our church would seek God’s kingdom and not our own—that we would seek to make the name of Jesus great in our community and not the name of Community Bible Church or any of its individual leaders or members. Pray that we would seek his will and not our own and that we would be led by his Spirit and his word, not our own plans and agendas. All the programs, movement, and growth in the world are meaningless if we accomplish them outside of God’s will. We do not wish to be a success in our own eyes and a failure in his. We want his kingdom to come and his will to be done at Community Bible Church as it is in heaven.

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 7:13)