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
DECEMBER: 24-HOUR PRAYER
There are many ways to worship Jesus during Christmas; singing, giving, praying, quiet time reading the Bible, and rejoicing in His birth! All of these are beautiful forms of worship.
Our worship should also focus inward to our hearts, where only God can examine. What is the condition of your heart this holiday season? Are you distracted with busyness and to do lists? In John 4:24 it says, “God is Spirit, and His worshipers must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” We often seek to worship God through symbolic acts, man-made rituals, fleshly works, or emotional responses, but God desires a worshipful heart that is clean before Him, dependent upon Him, submissive to Him and full of humility and grace.
Christmas is a great time to acknowledge how worthy He is of our worship. He carried out His plan of salvation for each of us. In the beginning, God did not abandon the world but provided a redeemer to rescue the lost. Paul speaks of believers in Ephesians 1:4 as being chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world and should be holy and blameless before Him.
Prayer is a form of worship. Let us come together in prayer this month to ask God:
For Contentment. Pray to be content with all that He has given and provided for you. Romans 8:32 (NLT) tells us, “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?” God is for all of us who are in Christ, for those who have been saved by their faith. He tells us to ask him for our daily bread and to seek first His kingdom, and we must believe that He will supply our needs one day at a time according to His will.
To Trust. Let us pray that when we trust God, we will not be afraid despite circumstances around us. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2). Fear comes when we take our eyes off God and start to look at our surroundings.
To Obey. “The Lord watches over those who obey him, those who trust in his constant love” (Psalm 33:18). Obedience to God is not only a way to worship Him, but a way to get closer to Him, prepare for whatever He leads you to, and grow as a person. As we learn and grow in our faith, God empowers us to do what pleases Him. In that way, all we do becomes an act of worship – saying, “You deserve my best God.” This engages our whole heart and plays out in our actions.
To Have JOY. Be like the wisemen. Pray to be overcome with joy and thanksgiving this season, completely consumed with worship for the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. There is a great celebration of all the wonderful things God has done and all creation joins in. Paul cautions us, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1).
Shortly after Christmas, we often start talking about New Year’s resolutions. As a Christian, it should be the same every year… “Trust God more.” In the words of William Carey, the great English missionary (1761-1834), those who trust God will worship Him, and as a result can fully, “expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.”
Pastor Jamie Kjos, Senior Pastor
Aubrey Woodfolk, 24-Hour Pray in Place Coordinator