One of the greatest quotes by a U.S. President was made by John F. Kennedy in his inaugural address:
“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
We can apply this to our church: Ask not what your church can do for you. Ask what you can do for your church.
I suppose this can sound pretty self-serving, especially coming from one of the pastors. And probably you’re thinking, “Okay, now comes the big guilt speech on getting me to serve more or give more!”
But I’m not even going to go there. I want to focus on “asking.” Not just asking what we can do for our church, but asking God what He can do for our church.
Specifically, I want to encourage prayer for our church.
So much of our prayer life is directed to our own personal needs or the needs of those we love. And there’s nothing wrong with that at all. The Bible invites us to cast our cares onto God (2 Peter 5:7) and to intercede on behalf of others. But I want to ask a question:
Do you pray for your church? Do you pray for CBC? Do you pray for CBC to be fruitful in accomplishing the vision and mission God has given to us?
I feel very personally convicted about this. I pray a lot. I pray for my ministry a lot. I pray for CBCers a lot. But I haven’t prayed for specifically God to work out His will powerfully in and through CBC. I just kind of assume that it’s going to happen. And if things don’t happen, it’s up to the other leaders or Pastor Rob to figure it out.
But if CBC is my church, then I should be praying regularly for my church – that God would direct my church’s leaders, that God would bless my church, that God would provide for my church, and that God would help my church to grow in breadth and depth.
So I decided to do something about it… (big breath) … I am committing one hour a week to pray specifically for my church, for CBC. And I’m inviting you to join me (or you can start your own thing) as I’m doing this on Saturday mornings from 7am – 8am in the Worship Center.
I wonder what would happen if, instead of complaining about CBC or leaving CBC, CBCers would first pray for CBC? I wonder what would happen if we came before the throne of God, asking Him to empower, direct, provide for, and grow our church – His church? What would happen if 100 or 200 or 300 CBCers interceded for CBC every week? What do you think would happen?
I know what would happen: God STUFF! Stuff that only God can do!
E.M. Bounds once said that the only way God’s people advance the Kingdom of God is … on our knees. Prayer is not preparation for the battle. Prayer is the battle.
So I’m looking for fellow comrades in prayer. Will you join me?