Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. And don’t forget to pray for me. Pray that I’ll know what to say and have the courage to say it at the right time, telling the mystery to one and all, the Message that I, jailbird preacher that I am, am responsible for getting out. (Ephesians 6:18-20)
In order to enter fully into the enjoy + share God-life, prayer is imperative. Prayer, simply put, is about being in a relationship with God. When you look at Jesus’ life, He was constantly talking about His Father. Why? Because He was in continual communication with Him and the Holy Spirit. This is why Jesus would get up early to pray. His ministry flowed from His relationship with the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Prayer ushers us into the heart of God, where joy is boundless and overwhelmingly sweet. From this place of joy, you become like a cup that overflows into the world. You pour out/share the abundance of God’s goodness in Christ. You can’t keep quiet; you boldly declare the wonders of God as the apostles did at Pentecost.
This Sunday, we will hone in on the importance of prayer as it pertains to the mission of MBC. We will use Ephesians 6:18-20 as our guide and ponder how even Paul asked for prayer to declare the gospel boldly, and he was already in prison for doing so. Crazy! Let’s pray that God would give each of us a renewed boldness like that of Paul to declare the mystery of King Jesus.
In the Trinity,