Save the date for our next 24 Hours of Prayer the weekend of May 5-6th, 2018 in conjunction with our Bethany 2023 Weekend.
We will be having a time of Corporate Prayer on Sunday, May 6 at 7 PM here at Bethany Chapel.
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"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." – Philippians 4:6-7
"And, besides other things, I am under daily pressure because of my anxiety for all the churches." - 2 Corinthians 11:28
The Apostle Paul was a great leader because he loved and faithfully served His Lord and Saviour. He also spoke and wrote from his heart. By so doing, we can observe how his life reflects some of what we all experience. He was a man of contrasts, a forgiven sinner, free in Christ but constrained by his call to serve Jesus. Not surprisingly, he was anxious. Or was he?
In one of the most popular passages in the Bible, Paul encourages the church at Philippi to not worry; instead, he urges, they should turn to God, give thanks, and receive God’s peace and direction. Yet to the church in Corinth he himself admitted to daily worry. He uses the same word for “anxiety” in both passages. So, was Paul anxious or wasn’t he?
The answer is “yes-and-no”. Yes, Paul worried because he loved the church and had a clear-headed view of the challenges of life, especially those faced by God’s people. Worrying comes with maturity! But no, Paul was not overwhelmed or paralyzed by stress. Instead, his pressures became a springboard for prayer and fellowship with other Christians. Even in the midst of difficulties, he never lost his joy. He stayed on track. Taking our cues from Paul, let us pray for God’s direction and strength as we celebrate all that is good in our lives and church.
1. In what areas of life do you feel confident or at peace these days? What are you anxious about in your personal life and our church? Admit your worries to God and each other.
2. Paul encourages us to pray “with thanksgiving”. Take some time to offer thanks to God for the certainty of salvation in Christ, and the promise of His coming Kingdom. Also thank Him for the ways He continues to work in your life and our church family.
3. Pray for the following:- That God would provide us with His peace and strength, as we seek His direction during this time of transition- For wisdom for those in leadership in our church – pastoral staff and assistants, elders, deacons, and all our many ministry leaders and volunteers- That God will bless and make fruitful our current ministries and programs at the church- Those who serve our Lord faithfully in other churches and ministries in our city, country and world – especially those who are persecuted for their beliefs- That God would prepare our next Senior Pastor