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