Guys, it’s for realsies truth time.
I’ve been trudging through all the emotions lately. The negative ones I feel bad telling my closest friends about because I feel like I leech all their joy with my “down-ness.”
But I told ’em anyway. And they lifted me up! They reminded me who I am in Christ and that He’s already won the battle for me, so I don’t need to live defeated. Instead, I need to suit up in my spiritual armor and go to war against the enemy on the battlefield of my mind.
So that’s what I did.
And y’all, I came out swinging. And now, I have this righteous indignation about the enemy’s schemes on my life, and the lives of the people I love. I mean, it makes me angry! I am a child of Jesus Christ! I’m a beloved daughter of the King– how dare Satan come at me when Christ has already proven him defeated!
So I’ve been praying. And reading Scripture. And praying more.
And I am no longer comfortable being comfortable. I want to be on fire for Christ. I am not content to just sit back and let other people do the ministry work of His Kingdom for me. So this is my prayer today, for myself, for my family, for my church.
Heavenly Father God,
You are holy beyond measure. You are Creator, Sustainer, and Keeper of all things- including my life. I love you God! And I’m not content with being an “average,” “ok,” or “nice” Christian.
I’m not okay with a luke-warm Church. I’m not okay with a church full of “nice” people, doing “nice” things– I want a church who is radically pursuing Jesus Christ in every aspect of their lives.
I want a church who thrives not on the usual or past accomplishments. I want a Kingdom-focused church! I want a church virtually shoveling people full of the Gospel and nourishing each other in deep discipling relationship.
Father, I pray for a church who pushes me closer to You and challenges me to go deeper and farther in my faith and in trusting You. Lord, make us a church that makes a difference in our community beyond pot-luck dinners, beyond cute gestures; a church who offers Gospel substance.
Father, make us a church who actively makes disciples and brings lost people to Christ. Let us look less like a building full of “good people” and let us look more like our Good Shepherd.
Father, I pray You would pour out your anointing Spirit on us to usher Your Kingdom powerfully in our church, in our community, and in our own lives– Father Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven. Come, Lord Jesus!
In Jesus’ holy and righteous Name,