Several weeks ago our team watched a sermon by Francis Chan challenging the questions, “Do you really have a relationship with God?” Through the first, second and third time I watched it, and then read through the scriptures for several days, God begin to stir in me a vision and a desire for our ministry with churches for 2019. It began to speak to a burden and an unanswered question I have had for some time now, “How can we help the churches want to see the nations come to know Christ?”.
Unfortunately many of the churches we visit with, share our ministry with, approach to work with all give us the same responses, “Our missions program is great!”, “We’re giving more money than we ever gave!” but, rarely do we hear about any of the ministry they are doing, the people they are sending out, the care they are providing or anything new or different besides sending money.
For months our teams have been wrestling with the question,
“Where does a genuine desire for the lost come from?”
The answer that keeps coming back to me is: Prayer and Scripture.
We will see the church passionate, and excited when we are genuinely digging into God’s word, when we are genuinely on our face before God!!!
H2T’s prayer and desire this year is to see THE CHURCH UNLEASHED! We desire to let go of all the distractions and lies keeping us from living out the full and powerful life God has already given us. As we serve our churches and our missionaries this year, our constant prayer, our constant focus and drive will all come from the passion to be UNLEASED.
Ephesians 1:17-23 gives us great details of what God wants to do in us, and our authority as The Church – Christ’s body which is HIS BODY and HIS FULLNESS. Just like Paul prays for the church to have the eyes of their hearts opened. We desire to see the hearts of our churches opened and recognizing the power He has is also the same power we have, and he wants them to know it and life it out.
I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22 And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
Specific Prayers for the church:
- Unleash the Power of the church
- Unleash the dedication of the church to the vision of God
- Unleash the power of the Holy Spirit to move mightily in our churches
- Unleash the vision God has for his church
- Unleash the Church to GO
- Unleash the understanding God has for his church
- Unleash the belief that believers have the same power as God
- Put Christ about all things and consider everything else garbage
- Hunger like an addict for Christ
- Fast and Pray to know God more
- Remove the insecurities we have that keeps us from believing truth
- Accept and live in boldness to speak truth and speak up
- Recognize we were made for more than “this”
- Mind is empowered to life the life we were called – in his immeasurable greatness
Will you join us in praying for the UNLEASHING of The Church in 2019?
Will you join us in praying for our team and the churches we work with on a daily basis to be UNLEASHED?
Will you ask God to open the eyes of your heart so that you will be UNLEASHED?
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