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Day Five – “O give me souls, or else I die!”

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Ephesians 6:12 (ESV)

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”

Story of John Smith: “The senior minister at Brighton, Mr. Calder, testifies, ‘I have often seen him [John Smith] come down stairs in the morning after spending several hours in prayer, with his eyes swollen with weeping. He would soon introduce the subject of his anxiety by saying, ‘I am a broken-hearted man; yes, indeed, I am an unhappy man; not for myself, but on account of others. God has given me such a sight of the value of precious souls that I cannot live if souls are not saved. O give me souls, or else I die!’”

Prayer is a spiritual battle.  Yet, it’s not a battle where the victor is yet to be determined, but it’s a battle that has already been won by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Nonetheless, prayer is a spiritual battle that must still be engaged by His people.  Because we wrestle against cosmic powers and spiritual forces of evil, it is not easy to persevere until salvation comes.  It’s a life-or-death fight to the victorious finish against the Devil and his angels.

But we can confidently engage in such a way because the Spirit of Jesus lives in us.  Assured of the ultimate victory of Jesus and His imminent return, we are compelled to pray for the salvation of others.  It is not simply a matter of slick promotions, crowd-gathering outreaches or even compassionate sacrifices but salvation occurs as God’s people pray.  Then, He comes to heal our land and bring wholeness and joy to the broken and weary.

Let’s gear up.  Let’s put on the armor of God.  Let’s get on our knees before the Father God.  Let’s pray and engage in the spiritual battle, taking hold of the victory that Christ has won by His death and resurrection.  Let’s pray for the upcoming college conference and campus ministries as they battle for students’ lives.  Let’s pray the missional groups as they engage in reaching out to the singles and families.  Let’s pray for the Ecclesia/Paris, Ecclesia/NYC, ALC, AHC and AMC.

Day Four – “Pray Like Jesus”

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Day Three – “Jesus Stepped In”

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Day Two – “Confessions of a Mother-to-be”

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Day One – “Labor Pains, Again?”

Monday, October 6th, 2014