Dear Journal… I’m in my office this morning, praying for a wide range of people and situations. My main prayer is that God will give me great wisdom to make the right decisions on all matters pertinent to his kingdom… specifically in the areas where He has delegated His authority to me. I want my words and actions to come from a correct interpretation of Biblical truth and not just from my feelings… definitely not from my feelings dressed up as His Holy Spirit.
When I make moves… big moves and little moves… I want to make the right moves as often as possible.
Being a Pastor gives me tremendous responsibility. Today, I chose to take this responsibility more serious than ever before. I believe that God wants to raise up our church family, all church families, and all Christians… as bright lights shining in this gross dark world. God has always accomplished His purposes through many different kinds of people and methods. I cherish our diversity.
Change is always happening inside the church. We are a living organism. When new ideas are presented, we have to pray about them and take the necessary time to process everything through scripture. I’ve found that in every new idea (good and bad), there is an opportunity for the church to locate gaps and repair them.
Despite our many needs for renewal, I believe that God wants His children to hold the standard flag we’ve been handed down from our forefathers… and not give up any more ground that we’ve already given up. In an hour when more and more people are doing what they feel the Holy Spirit is leading them to do even when this violates foundational truth… I want God to protect me (and everyone I know) from dangerous fads.
Whenever I become fearful that evil might prevail in matters of eternal significance, I’ll keep on running to God for peace and answers. I pray that God will use every situation, good and bad, to show me what I ought to be doing. When I feel threatened, I will always use the pressure to search my motives and methods… and I will demonstrate great resolve or make great adjustments depending on which is necessary.
I want our church family to become more unified than we’ve ever been before. I pray for this community of believers, that we will value commitment and loyalty to Gods Word, to our beautiful vision and to this loving church family at any cost.
I want our church to evangelize lost people… more than we’ve ever done before. I want us to bring thousands of lost people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ. I want us to disciple these new followers of Christ much more effectively that we’ve ever been able to do this in the past.
For me, the end goal is not to fill up my church building or fund the church budget. My highest goal is to influence the truest followers of Jesus… so many of them, that we light up the earth with the beauty of our Lord.
I want to see Christ fully deliver the people in our world, from every destructive thing. I want us to be far more effective at helping enslaved people break from drugs and alcohol. I want us to be far more effective at helping people break from the control of perverted spirits. I want us to bring health and vitality to every marriage and household. I want us to rescue the prodigal people of our community and world.
To do these things, I don’t feel like I need to depart from the traditional concept of church. I still believe in the high value of church government. I still believe in the high value of theological accountability. I still believe in the high value of Pastors and local congregations. I love the Church! I bless the Church! I bless the Pastors and Church Leaders throughout the world! I pray earnestly, that this 21st Century Church will stay clear of dangerous fads with modern spins on early church history. I pray also, that this 21st Century Church will also evaluate our many flaws and have the courage to refocus and rededicate to the Great Commission… to every single part of it!
Today, lets pray for Gods Church throughout the world. Look around your local community. Think about the Pastors and church leaders you know personally. Think about all of the Christian people in your circle from various church families. Think about the struggling churches and thriving churches, the big churches and little churches… from every denomination and non-denomination. Pray for them! Pray earnestly for Gods blessing on their lives and missions! Pray that they will have new courage, new faith, new peace, new strategies, and new passion! Pray for a new commitment to biblical doctrine, evangelizing the lost, discipling new believers, and influencing the entire world for Christ! Pray for unity, pray for awakening, pray and believe for the Churches finest hour!
Thats it for today. I just finished praying… wishing you all a most triumphant day! With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!