I love you First Baptist Family! You are such a wonderful blessing. Once again, I am basking in the glory of another beautiful Sunday with my favorite people on the planet. It always blesses my heart to worship with you, but to be at the altar in prayer together touches a special place in my heart.
E.M. Bounds once said, “Prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them…” I know for a fact that there are sweet men and women of God who prayed for me, but have moved on to their eternal reward. They toiled over my salvation, my family situation, and many needs that they knew existed in my life. Some of them passed on not knowing that the Lord would indeed save my soul, and that He would also call me to ministry. Their prayers outlived their lives and continue to make an impact today.
I have called our church to a season of prayer by calling us to the #10x10x10 challenge. This is a challenge to take 10 minutes each day to pray for yourself, 10 minutes to pray for your immediate family (the people you live with), and 10 minutes to pray for our church/church family. Praying for 30 minutes may seem intimidating, but praying for 10 minutes is something that you can do! Here are a few helpful tips:
1. Write down a list of who you are praying for and what you want to pray for them about.
2. Pray for their spiritual life. If they are not believers, pray for their salvation. If they are believers pray that they would hunger for the Word of God and be drawn to read it, meditate on it, and memorize it. Pray for them to have a desire to spend time with God in prayer. Pray for a heart of obedience. Pray that God would show them their gifts, talents, abilities, and resources and how to use each of them in showing God’s love to people.
3. Pray for physical health and protection.
4. Pray for emotional health and protection.
5. Pray for wisdom and discernment.
6. Pray for specific needs that you know about.
Just using this prayer outline in praying for yourself, others, and our church family will certainly fill your 10x10x10 minutes. Obviously you have the freedom to add or take away and customize your prayer time. You can also split your time up by praying for yourself in the morning, your family at lunch, and your church in the evening. You can do this! Now do it! If you are on social media, please use the hashtag #10x10x10 in your post. This will group us all together and help us stay accountable. If what I just said is foreign to you, don’t worry about it! Just pray!
I love you church family! Let’s pray and see what the Lord will do! Be praying now for what we want to see the Lord do on Sunday! Hallelujah!