Yesterday we had a great time of worship and prayer around Jeremiah 2, as we turned from reliance on 'cracked cisterns that cannot hold water' and returned to God, our 'spring of living water'.
The Apostle Paul prayed that the saints in Ephesus would know, "His incomparably great power to us who believe. That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised Him from the dead and seated Him in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. (1:19-21) He continued, "Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen!"(3:20-21)
We are not the saints in Ephesus. We are the saints in Orange County, but we share in the same status as saints because Jesus has justified us, and we enjoy the same access to His incomparably great power. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead and exalted Him to the highest place is at work in us. Surely this should breathe fresh confidence and imagination into the way we pray?
1. So with that in mind, can we focus on the exalted Christ today, to whom all authority in heaven and earth has been given, and from whom we receive our Commission? It is He who has commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations. All the weight of His authority is behind that Great Commission. Lets pray for power upon each one of us to be obedient to Him in making disciples.
Let's pray big, imaginative prayers for His power to be at work in the Fullerton and Brea communities as we preach the Gospel, love our cities, pray for the sick and serve the poor.
Can we ask Him for the miraculous to be a normal occurrence in our communities?
2. Let's pray for God's power to shield us as a church, enabling us to be 'in the world but not of it.' Jn 17. Pray that his power would be at work in our weakness, overcoming sin and temptation and freeing us from the idols of our culture. He has called us to be a compelling 'city within the city' that lives distinctly for the glory of God. Matt 5
3. Let's pray for God's providing power for us in this season. As we multiply the mission let's ask Him to multiply the 'loaves and fish' in our hands so that the multitudes would be fed.
4. Let's pray for God's great power to be at work in marriages and families, healing, restoring and bringing about His glory in the church throughout all generations. Pray for the baton of faith to be passed down well to the next generations.
God is able. Let's lean on His incomparably great power today.
See you at 6:30pm.