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2 Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

THIS MONTH'S PRAYER FOCUS

AUGUST: 24-HOUR PRAYER

The Bible tells us our loving God sent Jesus and Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so we would not be orphans. 

 

In sharing the gospel, Jesus never traveled outside of a 300-mile radius from where He was born. In sending the Holy Spirit to live within us, we can now as a church, travel and carry the gospel around the globe. We have been studying the book of Acts and the life and transforming power of the first church, which is our church guide and model. The first church did not have brilliant personalities, sophisticated entertainment systems, or highly choreographed programs like we have today. Yet the first church was not ignored, because they were filled with “the fire of the Holy Spirit.”

 

The first church placed a lot of importance on prayer because they knew they had to draw from a higher power. If we look at the attendance of a worship service, it reflects how popular the pastor is. If we look at the attendance of a prayer meeting, it reflects how popular Jesus is. If we expect to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, we must spend time in God’s presence. We need to strive to be the church where the Holy Spirit is evident. We need to be people that eagerly gather in God’s presence to get wrapped by the Holy Spirit.

 

The job of the Holy Spirit is to reveal the Truth of God unto all humanity…we need to strive to be the church where the Holy Spirit is in the atmosphere and we the church are unapologetically engulfed by it.

 

The first church was all together in one place and in one accord (Acts 1:14, Acts 4:32). The single most important thing we need to do to usher in the Holy Spirit is to promote unity. Ephesians 4:3 insists, “Make every effort to preserve unity in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.”

 

If we do not preserve spiritual unity, we will not have spiritual presence. If we do not have spiritual presence, we will not have spiritual power. If we do not have spiritual power, we will not see transformation in ourselves, our church, our community, or our culture.  We want the Holy Spirit to own the atmosphere and consume Brightmoor Christian Church. 

 

Please join me in praying this month for: 

            ·      We will never intentionally or unintentionally quench the Holy Spirit but yield to the fire and be consumed
                  by it. 1 Thessalonians 5:19

            ·      As believers, we already have the Holy Spirit, but we need to pray to be “continually filled with the Holy
                  Spirit” for the transforming work to be “fully expressed in our church and in us.”

            ·      We will genuinely believe that we belong to an unshakable kingdom where we are led by, submit to, and
                  obey the Holy Spirit, “…since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and
                  worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29

 

It is our heartfelt desire that we be a spiritual transformational church. We need the Holy Spirit!

 

Pastor Jamie Kjos, Senior Pastor

Aubrey Woodfolk, 24 Hour Pray in Place Coordinator