Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Special Time of Prayer for City Reach

Pastor Alan Harris caught the vision and felt the burden for City Reach as soon as I shared it with him. In fact, he, Pastor Scott Morris and Pastor Jared Burris were three of my earliest and most steadfast encouragers concerning City Reach. They have cheered, inspired, boosted, emboldened and supported us many times over the last two years. I am very grateful for them and for many others that have came along side us to encourage us on purpose.

One of the first things that Bro. Alan said he wanted to do for City Reach was have his church pray every night during a week of a City Reach campaign. He has called a prayer meeting at his church the first week of April, to correspond with our first week of City Reach in the Phoenix area.

He prepared a flyer for his church and for the churches that they fellowship. This is a screen shot of the flyer. If you click on this picture, your device should make it big enough to read.

I have been asking for people to pray that God would put us in the right place, at the right time, speaking the right word, to the right person. There are many people that have been praying that prayer everyday and I am positive that God has answered and will continue to answer that prayer.

I can not tell you how much strength I have received from knowing that Godly people are interceding to God on behalf of my vision and my burden. It is both humbling and invigorating. It is humbling to know that they take serious time for me and invigorating because I know that God hears and answers their prayers.

I was reading in Thessalonians last week and Paul's prayer request caught my attention. This has now become my specific prayer request.

II Thessalonians 3:1. Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have [free] course, and be glorified, even as [it is] with you:

That the word of the Lord may have [free] course... 

This is how I am praying Paul's prayer and how I am requesting that others pray Paul's prayer on my behalf and in regard to City Reach.

Pray that the word of the Lord not be obstructed, inhibited, impeded, thwarted or hindered. Pray that God will remove the obstacles, difficulties, interferences and restrictions that would dam up or jam up the free flow of the Word of God.

Lord, remove the restraint, even if it be found in me. Your Word having free course is more essential than my comfort and desires that are temporal and fleshly at best. The outpouring waves of your Word are more important than my will and way.

Turn on the flow of your Word and let it cascade like Niagara, washing downstream every challenge, as the Word surges toward the thirsty souls of men! Amen!

That the word of the Lord may have [free] course, AND be glorified

I wonder, how the Word of the Lord is glorified?
What indication would we have that the Word of God had been glorified?

The greatest indication to me that the Word of the Lord is glorified is when the sinner accepts it.

If the Word brings conviction to him.

If the Word reveals his sin.

If the Word points him to the redeeming savior.

If the Word brings the sinner to repentance.

Then the Word of the Lord is glorified.

Yes, Lord, let THAT be accomplished in City Reach!

So I am adding that to the prayer for me and for City Reach as well.

Let your Word have free course in every city, in every sermon, in every service. Let it flow, let it run, let it go to its target like a heat seeking missile AND let your Word bring the sinner to repentance that your Word may be glorified! Amen!

Let me shoot straight with you, friends. I have never been more dependent on the Lord than I am at this moment for effectual ministry AND I have never been more tempted to try to force it myself. I CAN NOT do this on my own. I CAN NOT make anything work. I know that is fact. However, I have never been more tempted to try to strong-arm my way through!

God give me grace to trust you AND your Word. That the word of the Lord may have [free] course, AND be glorified.

Thank you Pastor Alan Harris and the Trinity Pentecostal Church in Central City, Kentucky. The time and effort you are devoting to prayer is a great kindness and benefit to me and my family. Thanks as well to everyone else that is joining us in prayer. Now you can pray with a little more direction. God bless you.


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