Our theme verse for 2019 is John 13:35: “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” I want to do a better job of loving others by catching my “What about me” attitudes. I have already caught it today. I asked the Lord for forgiveness and asked him to turn it into a “What about you” mindset.
How to pray for FBC
I heard that the youth had a great experience at The Rise this weekend. For many, it was one of the mountain top experiences that the Lord uses to refocus and revive us. But I don’t think the Lord wants us to live on the mountain top. He sends us back to the realities of daily life, asking us to apply what we learned on the mountain. Let’s pray that our youth will faithfully apply what they learned and the new perspective they gained at The Rise as they return to daily routines.
How to pray for our Community
The crosses in front of the church remind us that a death takes place when an abortion occur. I am praying for an end to abortion in our community. But I am also praying for those who have abortion in their past. Many carry a heavy burden of regret and guilt. I am praying that they will know the Lord’s love and forgiveness is greater than anything in our pasts. I would love for our community to receive the full message of the cross. It is a message of death, but also of new life, forgiveness, and love.
How to Pray for Our World
Paul and Katie Gu shared about their ministry in church last Sunday. If you are not familiar with them or the challenges of ministering in certain countries, you might have wondered why they never stated the country where they minister. They must be careful about how they talk about their ministry, even while in Longview. Our services are recorded and put online. We post the bulletins online. There are several ways that a reference to a country can be discovered by a government. It happens. It’s not so much that the Gu’s would be in danger (although there might be a risk when they travel back). The bigger threat is to the believers they work with. Paul and Katie must be careful never to say or do anything that puts one of these believers at risk.
Let’s take some time this week and pray for the people that Paul and Katie minister to. Pray for their safety. Pray for their ability to grow closer to the Lord in an oppressive environment.