PICK UP YOUR HAMMER!
Guest Blog by Pastor Caleb
I will be the first to admit, I’m not very good at fixing things. Whether it’s working on my car or working on my house, I’m just not very good at it. But there are two things I’ve learned about fixing things besides having a lot of patience and asking for help:
1) you need the right tools, and
2) you need to be able to know how to use the right tools.
If you don’t have the right tools you can’t get the job done. But if you don’t how to properly use the tools, they are of no use.
In God’s agenda, prayer is one of the tools He’s given us to get His job done (namely advancing His Kingdom). But just like trying to use a hammer as a paint brush, we have misused prayer. John Piper has famously said “Prayer is a wartime walkie-talkie for spiritual warfare, not a domestic intercom to increase the comforts of the saints.” So many times we (and I) have used prayer in the wrong way. We essentially tell God “my kingdom come, my will be done” instead of “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
If you look at how the church prayed in the book of Acts, it was all in pursuit of the mission of God. Through the first 4 chapters, you will read of the Holy Spirit being poured out, the gospel being preached, and people getting saved. Prayer was the gasoline that fueled this movement.
- Acts 1:14 “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer…”
- Acts 2:42 “And they devoted themselves to...prayer”
- Acts 3:1 “Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer”
- Acts 4:23,31 “And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God...And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.”
This Sunday we will look at the link between prayer and evangelism in Colossians 4:2-6. I pray that God uses our time together to infuse a passion to not waste the opportunity in our present time to make the gospel of Jesus Christ known!
See you Sunday at 9:00am or 10:30am!