1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4who wants all men to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4
Paul says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people” in Ephesians 6:18. Sometimes we need to come together and pray for the unity of the Spirit to prevail in everything that we do. Conformity does not mean uniformity. We all have different expressions but only One God who is over all.
Starting next Wednesday, September 4, we will gather in the Worship Center from 6:30am to 7:30am for prayer. We will pray for our nation, our church, our community, and for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all the people of God. I know that you are hearing this again, but we are in desperate need of prayer. There seems to be a volatile spirit in our world that is affecting everyone at every level.
Paul goes on to say to Timothy, “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people” 2 Timothy 3:1-5.
We are living in the last days. The enemy is on the loose but so is our God who is the God of all gods, King of all kings, and Lord of all lords. Would you join me in this pursuit of a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit in our midst? I hope to see you there.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene