Thursday, September 20, 2007

Calling my prayer warriors

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

When things are good and life has been going well, it's easy to forget that we have an enemy. Like a lion, he conceals himself and prowls around until the right time to attack.

As Christians, we shouldn't be surprised when these attacks come. We can't be lulled into a comfortable sleepy faith that leaves us unprepared for an enemy that would like to see us devoured. That's why Peter says "be self-controlled and alert" (this is the area I am most trying to grow, to be more disciplined in my faith).

The reason I bring this up is that we (at Fair Oaks) are on the verge of several new things (Retool Kit, Youth Worship Night, Women's Bible Study, among others) that have great opportunity to advance the kingdom of God. While we rejoice over God's blessings, we must not let our guard down. We should be more alert than ever, knowing that the enemy will try and devour, disrupt or distract us before these things successfully get off the ground.

We are in a special and dangerous time, and I humbly beg for your devoted prayers throughout this coming week.


-for wisdom and direction for our church leaders
-for God's protection and blessing on our church families
-for saints willing to step up and lead in our children's (Sunday school) and youth (midweek small groups) ministries
-for God's love to flow through us, to heal the hurting around us

1 comment:

caljoy said...

Preach it sister. I've been feeling the bites of that lion lately and I want to be a lion figher and keep him away. A verse I've been claiming for the women's team is found in Ephesians 4: 1-6 "Therefore I,the prisoner of the Lord,implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. 3 Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. 4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future. 5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 and one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all."
No more needs to be said....