Just shy of 1 year ago, our TenTwo prayer initiative began. It started with an increased sense of urgency to pray that the Lord of the Harvest would send out laborers into the harvest field (the unreached and unengaged). Specifically,we began to ask that the Lord send 100 laborers from Lifepoint. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be asking the Lord to redefine, revitalize and re-energize the purpose for such a prayer. We ask that you join us as we lift our voices together, asking God for wisdom, direction, discernment and vision.
If you read through the pages of Acts, it’s often easy to ask –
“How did they do it? How did they stay strong in the face of such persecution?”
“How did the gospel continue to spread when so many were doing everything in their power to stop it?”
“How were they so bold when they faced so much rejection?”
“How did the early church continue to SEND people out amidst so many being martyred for their faith?”
Prayer! There is common thread weaved throughout the pages of Acts. The early church prayed together! Prayer should always be our fundamental strategy as we look to engage the unengaged with the Gospel!
14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. – Acts 1:14
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous – Acts 2:42-46
The Early Church joined together constantly uniting in prayer! It goes so far to say that they devoted themselves to prayer. To be devoted to something is to spend a lot of time in / on whatever that thing is. We are all typically devoted to something… our marriages, our children, our jobs, our health. All these things are good – but we must honestly ask ourselves, how does our devotion to those things compare to our devotion to prayer and the Kingdom of God?
Prayer Focus #1 – PRAY FOR INCREASED DEVOTION TO PRAYER
- Pray that we, as individuals, Lifegroups, and as a whole church body would devote ourselves to praying for the nations.
- Pray that we would devote ourselves to prayer, asking that God would use Lifepoint to make the name of Jesus known.
- Pray that we would be sensitive to the Lord’s leading to pray together more often. That it would be foundational to every ministry, every outreach, every discipleship relationship, every Lifegroup and every mission. Pray that God would grow both our dependence and faith through prayer.
Prayer Focus #2 – PRAY THAT GOD WOULD SEND
- Pray for God to continue to stir in the hearts of those that He has chosen to SEND to the nations for the sake of His glory! (Luke 10:2) Pray that they would be obedient to that call.
Prayer Focus #3 – PRAY FOR THE SENT
- Pray for “V”, currently serving in Central Asia. Pray that God would comfort her, equip her, encourage her and empower her. Pray that she would be dressed in the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-20)