KINGDOM PRAYERS FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 16, 2023
FMC PRAYER: It’s comparatively easy for you and me to pray for ourselves, our families, and our friends. But how can we learn how to pray more fervently and consistently for our local churches?
For one, we just need to start doing it—and encouraging others to do so as well. Pray that we would have unity amid diversity – remembering that unity comes from loving those with whom we have nothing in common but the gospel.
SUNDAY’S SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 4:1-3 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
FMC TEAM VALUES: Vision: To Reach the Tri-State Region + Beyond for God’s Kingdom by making fully devoted followers of Jesus. Pray that everything we do would be done to accomplish this! Pray that we would be willing to lay aside anything that hinders us in accomplishing this vision. Pray for the faith to follow the Spirit’s lead, keeping in step with Him each day, personally and corporately.
OUTREACH: Mentoring: Pray that we would all recognize that we are to grow and learn and serve and become more like Jesus, together; that we would all seek to share what God has done in and for us with one another; that we would be willing to invest in one another’s growth in meaningful and fruitful and consistent ways; that no one would be too proud to admit that he/she doesn’t need others and that no one would believe the lie that he/she has nothing to offer.
PILLAR: Pillar 5. Lead Others (leader/shepherd/servant) Pray that FMC shepherds smell like their sheep because they spend time with them and they serve alongside them. Pray also that the sheep smell like their Shepherd because they spend time with Him and listen to His voice.
APPLICATION: Practice: Before the foundation of the world, God set a plan in motion to reconcile the world to Himself and He chose to use the Church as His instrument of reconciliation. It is incumbent upon all members of the body of Christ to participate in the work of building one another up in Christ and be deployed for His work in the world. To that end, excellent leadership is critical in the Church today, and that is not limited to ordained leaders. God calls some individuals to exercise specific formal leadership, which is modeled after the mind of Christ. What is your role in the Church and are you actively pursuing and using the gifts that God has given you to lead?