Theme of the Week – Prayer for the future of Hope Fellowship
Today – expand / change / the health of current ministries?
Scripture – Eph 4.16, Col. 2.19
As churches struggle to grow, they must remember the reason for their existence and look to God for ways to spread their message. This week in the 100 Days of Prayer, we want to focus our prayer on the future mission of Hope Fellowship as we seek ways to share and grow in God’s name.
Paul, in his letters to the Ephesian and Colossian churches, shows us that the expectation of God is that His church will grow. Please reread the these verses.
‘from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.’ Eph 4.16
‘and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.’ Col 2.19
When we as a church function as He intends, there is growth that is spiritual and most likely, numerical. So this week we want to ask the Lord to give us a health assessment of His church, to listen and see what we may need to change to better align with the vision He has for us. This process could be uncomfortable, as God may call us to be stretched. But the reality is, if we are faithful when called by God, then the fulfilment and blessing we experience certainly overwhelms the discomfort of stretching.
Themes to pray this day
- Ask God for each of us to have an attitude of willingness to be stretched
- Pray the Holy Spirit speaks to us this week, giving direction and excitement
- Ask God to prepare us for any difficult decisions.
A Prayer For Us All
Heavenly Father, thank You for the wonderful truths that are clearly revealed in Your Word. I pray that I may abide in Christ and He in me, and that by Your grace I will mature in the faith and produce much fruit for Your praise and glory, and not only me, Lord, but may all those who have been called by Your name, bear much fruit for Your greater praise and glory. This I ask in Jesus’ name, AMEN.