Tuesday, September 03, 2013

5 Reasons You Should Be at Day of Prayer

Saturday will mark our annual Day of Prayer. There is probably no other discipline that Christians are more prone to disregard than prayer. We are great excuse-makers when it comes to drumming up reasons not to pray. 
In light of this and the likely opposition we shall meet with from our mutual enemy, I have drawn up a list of five reasons I think you should plan on giving your Saturday morning to pray with us.

Day of Prayer - Saturday, September 7, 2013. 7AM-Noon.

5 Reasons You Should Be at Day of Prayer

1.         It will help you feel the great need we have for God.

            O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
                        my soul thirsts for you;
            my flesh faints for you,
                        as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
(Psalm 63:1)

2.         Sacrificing 5 hours of your “day off” is good for the soul – how much do we really sacrifice for the Lord?

            And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
(Matthew 10:38)

3.         It will re-ignite your sense of purpose. We are not a club, but more a tactical unit. Praying together clarifies mission.

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.
(Colossians 4:2-4)

4.         It is a mere token investment in the grand scheme of things – five hours out of the 8,760 God gives you every year.

For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?
(Luke 9:25 )

5.         Praying together unifies the church by directing our hearts away from all our petty differences and on to greater Gospel matters.

Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

(Philippians 2:4-7)