Devote yourselves to prayer,
keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;
Today’s “pastor’s word” went out earlier this week on our Rockportnews email chain as a prayer reminder. But given our current need for prayer, I thought it would be a good idea repeat that post here, in a slightly edited version, for those who may have missed it (and as a helpful reminder for all of us).
There are a lot of things we Christians describe “needs”. We need fellowship, we need faithful friends to walk with us and encourage us, we need help raising our kids and being faithful to walk with Christ at home and at work, etc. These are all needs and each is important. But behind them all is our need for prayer. Not only individual “closet” prayer (Mt 6:6), but also corporate “gathered” prayer (Acts 1:14). When prayer undergirds our fellowship, it becomes a deeper fellowship. When friends pray together, their encouragement becomes more powerful. Prayer helps equip us to guide our families, endure times of suffering and walk faithfully with Christ through turbulent times. Gathered prayer is not just a good idea, it is an essential aspect of Christian unity, life and growth in Christ.
For these and many other reasons we as elders want to urge those of you who can to join with us for a special time of prayer on Wednesday, October 21st at 7 PM. Though a few of us have been gathering for prayer every Wednesday at 7, this will be a time dedicated specifically to seeking God’s help for our church, nation and world during this chaotic time in our history. Given the times, it is time for us to gather and seek the help only He can give! He has promised to hear us when we pray, to open as we knock, to answer as we ask and to be found when we seek Him. So let’s come together and ask Him to open the windows of heaven, to hear our cry, and to respond to our many needs.
Asking, seeking, knocking on Heaven’s Door with confidence we’ll be heard!
Pastor S. Scott