HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
I believe the pastor should lead the people of God to seek the Lord seriously. 1 Peter 4:7 says, “The end of all things is near; therefore, be solemn and sober so you can pray.” As we look at the world around us, I believe we must resolve to take our spiritual lives and prayer seriously. Especially in these times of uncertainty where the world is in a health crisis. The leaders are without a solution and God is the only answer.
A Clear Challenge
For the past few years, we have begun each year at The Mystical Order with 21 consecutive days of focused prayer. We ask everyone in our congregation to participate, and even fast if they are called and able. We ask everyone to pray for their own spiritual life and development, our church and our nation. We lead this from the pulpit of our website; our staff champions it, and our people engage.
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This year, we are asking our people to focus on four specific things which involve them personally and also the church as a whole:
- Their greatest personal burden (in one sentence)
- Someone who does not know Jesus Christ personally
- Elimination of church indebtedness by the end of 2020
- Anything else on their heart about their life and future
It’s remarkable as we all go on this journey individually and as a church, praying specifically for our own spiritual lives for 21 days in a row, God takes us to a new level as individuals and as a church.
An Attainable Goal
Making this a win for everyone helps people engage. Think about it this way: What could God do with your life if you focused on your spiritual life for 21 days in a row? What could God do with your church if your regular attendees pray specifically for your church for 21 days in a row? What could God do with our nation if we pray specifically along with thousands of other believers at other churches who are also praying? Everyone can pray. Everyone can participate. This is a good time since our nation, our Islands in the Caribbean and the world are facing the greatest health challenge since World War 1. I am here to encourage you to pray and see what the Lord can do for us as a people.
We have also challenged our people to take their commitment to the next level by fasting from something during this time. It could be television, social media, one meal a day, or something else God has brought to their attention. The point is to use the time gained to seek the Lord. Those who have to work can fast and take short breaks to pray. Enter into a closet or some private area to pray and focus on the things you want God to change to make a difference in the lives of our people, nation, home and community.
Our ultimate challenge is this: Find the level you believe God has called you to, and go on this journey with us. Everyone can find some level of commitment. This is not about legalism but about focusing on our spiritual lives individually and together. Our goal is for everyone to spend these 21 days taking their spiritual lives seriously enough to go on a new journey with God.
21 Days and Beyond
Many times, we do not walk in expectation. Journeys of faith require that we walk in expectation for what the Lord wants to do with our lives. That is simply an exercise of Faith in the word and God.
I can assure you, I am expecting great things in my own life, the lives of the people at The Mystical Order and our sister churches around the world. I am looking forward to seeing the Lord do some powerful things in our midst. If we expect the Lord to do great things, we will see the Lord do great things.
Pastors, Bishops, clergy and members live your life, operate your ministry and lead your church to expect great things when we seek the Lord.
After reading this, if you sense God calling you to engage you and your church in any drop us a line in the comment box or email me at email@example.com.I will love to hear from you what the Lord is doing in your life.