Gethsemane Baptist Church
2019 Prayer Focus
As we announced during our service on February 10, we will focus on two congregation-wide prayer requests this year.
(1) Pray that God would use the collective efforts of Gethsemane Baptist Church to see one person come to saving faith in 2019. (Acts 1:8; Acts 20:24; Romans 1:16)
We recite the Great Commission most Sundays, and in it we find our Savior’s clear direction to make disciples. Our prayers should reflect His exhortation.
By “collective efforts” I mean the entirety of our corporate and individual ministry:
– our Sunday services;
– the ministry we undertake, as the Lord calls, in our community;
– the people we each encounter in our daily lives: family, co-workers, and so on.
I believe that as we faithfully pray this prayer, the Lord will change us in at least three ways:
– We will be more sensitive to opportunities to share the gospel.
– We will be more bold in inviting people to church so they can hear the gospel.
– We will be more persistent and desperate in our prayers for God to save specific individuals.
(2) Pray that God would give Gethsemane Baptist Church direction on leadership and, if it is His timing, would raise up another elder in 2019. (Acts 14:21-23; 1 Timothy 5:17; Titus 1:5-9)
As the referenced verses indicate, it’s not a question of whether it is God’s will for a local church to have multiple elders (synonymous with “pastors” or “overseers”). It is a question of whether this is the year that He will do it.
In addition to being in accord with the Scriptural example of multiple elders, I believe our fellowship is in need of this additional leadership. We need an additional voice in leadership and decision-making, and that needs to be someone that the congregation has recognized as having the biblical qualifications of an elder. We need someone else to faithfully pray for our souls and to minister to us. I need someone who can disciple me and who can preach Sunday services on occasion.
We don’t know how the Lord may answer this prayer, let alone when. And we certainly wouldn’t rush any kind of process just to try to see an answered prayer. It has to be the right man – God’s man.
I ask that all of us, individually and in our homes and families, commit to prayer regularly for these matters – at least weekly.