Please read 2nd Corinthians 4:1 thru 7:1 in preparation for this day of fasting and prayer.
These last few months have been a trying time for our nation, our community, our families, and our church. We are all feeling the burden of lock downs, restrictions, social unrest, economic uncertainty, Covid, national divisions, etc. Certainly it is a time calling for much prayer and drawing close to the Lord together (which has become more difficult).
Please pray that we (as a church) may continue to obey God’s word, glorify His name, share His gospel, and build up our local body of believers. We do not want to enter into the political arena, we are not looking for publicity (good or bad), we simply desire to serve the Lord in obedience to His word and represent His will in the ministry He has called us to.
As citizens in Christ’s Kingdom, we are now called to serve as His Ambassadors. Paul explains (In 2nd Corinthians) that believers have been given a ministry of reconciliation, to shine the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ in this world. He has placed this treasure in jars of clay (weak humans like us), to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. He encourages believers to think of the tribulations of this world, as light momentary afflictions that are preparing us for eternal glory.
Paul speaks of God’s calling us to action while we remain here as His ambassadors, making His appeal for reconciliation in the world through Christ. Jesus told us that there will be blessing for those who belong to the kingdom and are persecuted for righteousness sake. Paul said that for Christ’s sake, he delighted in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, and in difficulties — for when he was weak, it was then that he was strong.
Paul warns us what to expect and what is commendable in one of Christ’s Ambassadors: “Great endurance in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, and hunger.” Enduring with “purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, and genuine love.” Loving with “truthful speech, the power of God, and the weapons of righteousness.” He calls on believers to cleanse themselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
As we fast and pray, let us call on the Lord to steel our resolve and make us steadfast and ready to better carry out our mission and persevere through trials and difficulties that will come as we seek to make Him known in this world that is in such desperate need.