For the last few years, we have used the month of January the same way, we use this month as a catalyst to remind us about the importance of robust prayer, giving us a renewed resolve to carry us through the rest of the year. We have chosen to tackled three fairly large topics.
- We’ve looked at racial reconciliation. We tend to do that the weekend before Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
- Then we’ve tackled the idea of life and what life is and when life begins and how the Christian ought to consider life.
- Lastly, we’ve looked at the unreached peoples or what the Bible would call the nations. All over the world, there are men and women who do not know about the mercy and grace afforded to them in Jesus Christ. Yet we see in the Scriptures that Christ did not die for those who might be saved but for those who will be saved. We pray. We send. We go. And we consider the unreached in the world.
These things are the size and scope of which, without the power of God moving in profound ways, it is going to be a dance of three steps forward and four steps back for our lifetime. We want to humble ourselves and be desperate and dependent upon God to work and move for the glory of his name and our good. This prayer sermon series is a declaration of dependence, an invitation to intimacy and a corporate response to grace. The Lord has proven Himself faithful to His people, both biblically and historically, when they have humbled themselves before Him in prayer. This has been our testimony at Soma. God, in His grace, has responded faithfully to us. He has kept us near to Him in dependence. We have grown in intimacy and love for Him, and we have felt overwhelmed by His grace.
As a church, prayer has marked our milestones and deepened our resolve in the Gospel call.
We have sensed the Lord asking us to set aside the month of January to focus on and engage in prayer corporately as a body and in the secret places of our heart. The Lord has pressed on our hearts to once again humble ourselves together and pester Him with our petitions.
We are begging for strongholds to be broken. We are pleading for the name of the Lord Jesus to cover the nations in power and love. We are interceding on behalf of the oppressed, underprivileged and those who stand without advocacy or a voice. We want to ask God to do what only God can do. In the end, a call to prayer is a confession of a need and desire for greater affections for Jesus. We need Him to do what we cannot, and we desperately desire to grow in our affections for Him. To that end, we will labor in prayer as watchmen on the walls.
Join us Sundays in January as we seek the Father’s face and begin to let Him lead us into this new year.