They say that 8 out of 10 people will accept an invitation to church on Easter Sunday. So here’s my prayer for the members of Seven Mile Road Church in the days leading to this Sunday (and beyond).
Colossians 4:2-6: Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Father, we’ve been talking and thinking about prayer a great deal in this season. Thank you for what you’re doing in our church. Many of our people are praying. We are grateful. Keep our eyes open to evidences of Your grace. Help us Lord to continue steadfastly in prayer. Don’t let us quit. Sustain what You’ve begun among us.
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.
And Father, please give us open doors and opportunities to speak about Jesus. Let someone at Seven Mile Road share their faith with someone who doesn’t know You this weekend. Paul and the saints before us were willing to be imprisoned and persecuted for declaring the good news of the Risen Christ. On the other hand, we cower and fall back at the thought of being made fun of, ridiculed, or rejected. Help us. Open doors for us, throw opportunities at us, and when You do, give us words that what we say about Jesus might be clear.
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Father, forgive us if we have no relationships with outsiders. Forgive us if all our relationships are with those who are inside the church and not outside it. Change this about us. Give each believer at Seven Mile Road at least one meaningful relationship with someone outside of the faith this year. Help us to walk in wisdom with people who don’t know you. Let us be full of grace and truth at the same time like Jesus was. Don’t let us waste time or opportunities. Let us be the kind of Christians that people who don’t believe in Jesus would be attracted to. When we talk, let our speech be gracious, engaging, and wise. I pray this to the Father, in the Name of the Son, by the power of the Spirit.