Weekday Musings with Pastor Brian - 1/15
As I commented on last week, it seems that since the first of the year, I have been “uber-busy”. As such, I am thinking that 2015 might prove to be a very busy year. That’s not a bad thing, especially now that we have our recommendations from our Focus Teams. Having prayerfully listened to God, we now have a working plan for our church to help us become a truly transformational church in the lives of our membership, and beyond to our community. There is still much to be done, but I for one am very excited.
Thinking on the themes of prayer and living out a Gospel-Centered life that Pastor John and I have been teaching on, I thought I might share some of an article Chuck Lawless wrote. I hope you are not shocked when I say that I not only covet your prayers, but that I really need them. Pastor John, your church staff, Deacons, leaders, nor I can do what God has called us to do in leading our church and fulfilling His mission apart from Him. But how can you pray for us, you might ask? Chuck Lawless shares…
Nine Ways to Pray for Your Church Leaders
- Pray that we will keep our eyes on God. (2 Chronicles 20:12)
- Pray that we will not take a step apart from God’s leading. (Exodus 33:15)
- Pray that we will beware of relying on our own strength. (1 Samuel 17:47; 2 Samuel 24:10)
- Pray that we will be wise in leading God’s people. (1 Kings 3:9)
- Pray that we will weep over the sin and failures of God’s people. (Nehemiah 1:4)
- Pray that we will know when to push away from the crowds to pray. (Luke 5:15-16)
- Pray that we will walk worthy of our calling. (Colossians 1:9-10)
- Pray that we will speak the Gospel boldly. (Ephesians 6:19)
- Pray that we will finish well. (2 Timothy 4:7)
It is my prayer that you might take this list and put it in a prayer book, journal, or your bible, and lay these before the Lord on a very regular basis. To play off an old but very accurate statement: I/we need the prayer, and you need the practice :-) And I should also say that the reverse is just as true.
This Sunday I will be teaching on “The Lord’s Prayer - Jesus Prays for Himself”. I have actually devoted even more time and attention to this message than I normally do, as I will be focusing on what it means to “know” God and Christ. Getting this right required some extra care.
Have a wonderful week. Walk in the light as Christ is in the light, and may your fellowship be sweet (1 John 1:7). I love and appreciate you all so much!
Brian Harrison, Pastor
East Shore Baptist Church
6721 Jonestown Road
Harrisburg, PA 17112