Theme of the Week – Prayer for the future of Hope Fellowship
Today – Praying for reconciliation and respect in the community
Scripture – Proverbs 22:1
A good name. Well, it matters. It’s no secret that the name of Jesus Christ has taken many hits due to the actions, or lack thereof, of His followers. Over the past months, and no doubt in the months to come, there are the reports and findings of the remains of children from the Residential School network. It’s tragic and heart-breaking and demonstrates the long road that needs to be travelled to bring reconciliation.
Granted Hope Fellowship had no hand in this chapter of Canadian history, in fact there are few theological similarities between Hope and churches involved. But what is the same and will lump the Hope Fellowship community of faith into the same category as those churches is the name of Jesus. Many Canadians looking for any reason to discredit God, His church and His Word, will point to these sad events and tune out anyone trying to tell them about Jesus.
How that be overcome? I’ve heard it said that the elevator to success is out or order, so you’ll have to take the stairs one step at a time. Rebuilding the name of Jesus takes intentionality, effort and focus. We want to pray towards that, being intentional in loving and serving this region fin the name of Jesus. Why? Well not only is the name of Jesus a good name, its the name above all names.
Themes to pray over today
⁃ Ask God to reveal to us at Hope Fellowship how to elevate the name of Jesus positively in this region
A prayer for us all today
Father, Your Word indicates the way we interact with those outside the faith will have a positive or a negative influence on whether they choose to follow You. There appears to be no neutral mode in our lives, for we do not live unto ourselves, but regularly give account for our actions and attitudes daily. Inconsistency and double standards are ancient, effective traps Satan has set for believers. For those ensnared by this trap the unbelieving world points their accusatory finger crying, “Hypocrite!” Sadly, it is often a true characterization. May we, as Your disciples, be faithful in our walk and consistent in our talk as we serve You at home, in the workplace, in our churches, and in our sphere of influence. We do not want to disgrace the holy name of Jesus, but we want to honour His name as we glorify You in all we do. It is in Jesus’ holy name that we pray. Amen.