Mid-Week Musings from Lead Pastor Todd Malone
I pray for what I value – we all do. Paul’s prayers challenge me because they reflect values that I need developed. In Ephesians 3, Paul prays for the Ephesians to have a deeper knowledge of God’s love and to be strengthened by God’s power. Specifically, Paul wants the Ephesians to respond to life with God’s power. I am convicted of how little I pray for these things for myself or others.
How to pray for FBC
Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3 is a model for how to pray for one another. I suggested in the sermon that you identify someone at FBC whom you do not normally pray for. Pray regularly over the next month that the Lord will help them know His love more deeply and respond to the situations of life with God’s power.
How to pray for our Community
An article I read this morning shared that Gregg County has one of the highest suicide rates in the state. The article pointed to a number of contributing factors including economic struggles and a mental health system that is stretched thin. It is appropriate to pray for the easing of these underlying factors. It is also important to pray that God’s people would be a sign of the hope and love that can be found in the Lord. May we have the courage to build relationships that run deep enough to make God’s hope and love tangible to hurting people.
How to pray for our World
I did not watch the debate among the Democratic candidates this week, but I need to take time to pray about it. We are told to pray for our leaders [1 Timothy 2:1-2]. I think that should start even before they come into power. The leaders of Paul’s day were certainly not supporters of Christianity. These same leaders would go on to be horrible persecutors of Christians – yet that did not stop Paul from making “petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving” for them. Let’s do the same for our leaders this week, even the potential ones.