All Church Prayer & Fast Guide (3/1/20)

Prayer

The Leadership Team of Prairie Flower Baptist Church is calling for a church wide Prayer and Fast Day on Sunday, March 1. We will also have our Corporate Prayer Night at 6 PM that same day. If you would like to participate, we ask that you abstain from food and only consume water, juice, and/or coffee. For those who can’t participate in the food fast, but would still like to participate, perhaps you could fast from technology, TV, or something else. Be creative and do all that you do as unto the Lord!

The why behind the what of this event is simple, we need the Lord and we want to seek his face by means of praying and fasting. There are so many encouragements and commands in Scripture that point us to the power of praying and fasting. So, out of obedience to the Word, and with eager expectation that God will work, we joyfully enter into this day of prayer and fasting. Won’t you join us?

Paul states in Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

To help facilitate this day of prayer and fasting, here is a guide that will help you focus your time of prayer…Please pray for the following large categories:

  1. That lost souls would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
  2. That believers would grow in their faith.
  3. That our church would experience continued unity and growth.
  4. That our leadership team would lead wisely and faithfully.
  5. That our missionaries would bear fruit on the mission field.
  6. That our kid’s programs would grow and be productive.
  7. That our upcoming Easter Service (4-12-20) would powerfully showcase the Gospel.
  8. That our marriages would be protected and strengthened.
  9. That our kids would respond to the Gospel and be protected from the Evil One.
  10. That our focus would stay on the Lord and not get distracted with lesser things.

What else can you add to this list? In a nutshell, there is so much to pray for. Please plan to join us on March 1, 2020 for our church wide Prayer and Fast Day and then plan to come out for our Corporate Prayer Night at 6 PM that same day. You’ll be glad you did.

The Sabbath: What Is It?

Sabbath

This Sunday, February 16, we’ll be discussing the passage from Matthew 12:1-14. In this section of God’s Word, Jesus is being challenged by the Pharisees on what they perceive to be a breech in Jesus’ practice of the Sabbath law. Of course, Jesus was not breaking the Sabbath law, only the Pharisees’ laws surrounding the Sabbath law. More on that on Sunday. But what is the Sabbath? Why was it so important? Check out the video below for some answers…

How to Make a Decision With Limited Information

Decisions

My wife and I are in the process of adopting an infant. Currently, we are reviewing different cases that are coming our way. Our Consultant has simply advised us to review each case and then respond via email with a simple “yes” or “no” to each case. A “yes” response means that we are willing to proceed with the adoption case. A “no” response means that we are not willing to proceed with the adoption case. Often we are given just a few hours to make a decision; and often we have very limited information about the birth mother and our potential baby.

I’m a planner by nature. I love information. In the Army, I was an Intelligence Analyst. I uncovered massive amounts of information, put it together into a presentation, and then briefed the Combat Commander on the situation taking place in his battle space. As a Pastor, I spend approximately 15-16 hours in studying all kinds of biblical information before I present a single sermon to my congregation. I love information. So this whole process of proceeding with an adoption, with very limited information, is definitely putting me outside my comfort zone.

So, what do I do? How do my wife and I make these decisions? How do we respond when the next case comes our way and all we have is the name, age, and ethnic background of the birth mother and a simple due date for the child? Well, I don’t know what the right answer is, but here is what we’ve been doing…

  1. Praying – My wife and I may have very limited information, but our God has all the information. He alone possesses all knowledge and wisdom. So, my wife and I have bowed in prayer (time and time again), asking God for what we want and need most…wisdom and courage.
  2. Trusting – This whole process of responding to adoption cases has caused us to trust the Lord. Sometimes we pray about a case and, honestly, we still don’t have much clarity on how to proceed. Sometimes we’re still left in the dark about how to proceed. So, we trust the Lord and cling to the truth of Proverbs 3:5-6, which states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
  3. Deciding – In the end, we just make a decision. In a perfect world, we would have all the information we wanted before proceeding with an adoption case, but we don’t live in a perfect world. Indeed, in a perfect world the process of adoption would be totally unnecessary. So in a very imperfect world, with very limited information, we make a decision, bathed in prayer, while fully trusting the Lord.