Several months ago we embarked on a prayer journey together - fasting and praying that God would bless us with 40 baptisms in the year 2019. This would be the highest number of baptisms in any given year in our church’s history. The vision for the prayer came from my own private prayer time with the Lord.
Since we began that prayer journey together we have celebrated that Christopher Buckla, Michael Roggenbuck, Wendy Reese, Jesse Widder, Jennifer Cummins, Amanda Kendrick and Bella Johnson have all made the decision to follow Jesus.
I am overjoyed that these seven people have made this decision that will shape and give direction for the rest of their lives. It is wonderful and joyous to see!
And even as we celebrate their decision for Christ I encourage you to remain in prayer with me that God would continue to use us to reach out so that others can learn about Jesus as we follow him here. When was the last time you prayed for the ministry and people of our church? I know I am guilty of not always praying as I should. I can be so action driven that I can often find myself having begun a meeting or a project only to suddenly remember that I need to pause so that we can initiate the whole thing with prayer.
Thankfully we have a God who hears our prayers - even when we forget to lead off with them. I hope that this brief letter may serve as a reminder to any within our flock that may have found the busyness of life crowding out the importance of starting and ending your day with kneeling before the Savior of our souls and listening to His direction for our lives, for our families, for our church, and for our world.
James 5 tells us that the prayers of a righteous person is powerful and effective. Won’t you join with me as I continue to pray for the ministries of our church - that we would continue to lead more and more people to that place of decision where they give their hearts and lives to Christ.