Prayer is one of the mysterious means God has chosen through which he releases the transforming power of the gospel. The Apostle Paul urged the church at Ephesus to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (Eph 6:18). One quote the church leaders at this conference will hear on their first day of training is from Francis Schaeffer:
“Our greatest danger is…the church doing the work of ministry in the power of the flesh.”
This is why GCA’s practice is to focus on the priority of “kingdom prayer” in church planting, growth, and multiplication. The fear that I have as we approach this year’s conference is the ironic danger of doing our training so well that at the end of the conference these leaders are more self-reliant than Christ-dependent. It is with this in mind that I’m asking you to join me in prayer for the conference.
1. Please pray first and foremost that God will be honored and Christ will be lifted up as His Spirit works in and through these leaders gathering in Orlando from many denominations all over the U.S. and from several other countries of the world.
2. Pray that their minds and hearts will be turned away from petty dreams, like merely having a large church, so they can be fixed on a far greater vision for God’s glory, kingdom, church, and gospel.
3. There are so many needs this week that it’s hard for me to know where to begin. Please pray for the church planters, pastors, missionaries, seminary students, lay-leaders, leader spouses, trainers, GCA staff (including me), and volunteers. Pray that biblical principles will be learned, hearts will be changed, and ministry skills will be enhanced.
4. And please don’t forget to pray for the spiritual protection of these leaders who often experience heightened spiritual warfare during this training. Pray that there will not be crises that result in leaders having to return home or be so distracted they can’t learn. Pray that these leaders will resist unexpected temptations and be delivered from the schemes of the evil one. And pray that their marriages will be strengthened.
As you can see, the needs are great. Please let this list stir you up to pray for other needs that come to mind. I also want to encourage you to stay connected with us during the conference through Twitter and Facebook. By doing this you’ll not only be able to pray for “real-time” needs, but you’ll also be able to receive first-hand reports from these leaders about what they’re learning and experiencing during the week.
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For the Nations!
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Global Church Advancement