40 Days of Prayer for Awakening & Revival – Day 3

Pray for Spiritual Awakening & Revival. Pray that God will remove any motive that does not align with loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” Matthew 22:36-40

Make Friends for Eternity (by Sam Carey)

Whenever God determines to do a great work, he first sets His people to pray. – C.H. Spurgeon

Is God calling you do something great for Him?

In Rick Warren’s 40 Days of Purpose campaign, a question is asked, “What on earth am I here for?”  The answer is simple: to love God and to love His people.

As we prepare for church-wide harvest events, like a high attendance day in Sunday School, we must realize that those who will walk through the doors of the church are more than a goal: they are His people, created in His image – the ones who bear the mark of creation.

It is true that sometimes those images may be tarnished, dinged, and bent, but look closely into the eyes of your neighbors.  Is it a friendly church that they need or is it friends?

Today is the day to see beyond whatever numerical goal the church may have and ask God for eyes that can see the heart of the matter: will we love the people He brings among us?

Father, when you bring the crowds into our church, help me to see individuals, not just numbers.  Use me to win each person’s heart by becoming a friend.

Wonder, Worry, Wish

What do you wonder about? … worry about? … and wish for? I asked that question a few months ago. The congregation of Balboa Baptist responded revealing these topics:

  • Personal issues of aging, health, finances, and work. (4 responses)
  • Unity of the church under God’s leadership. (7 responses)
  • End times, our future, and heaven. (14 responses)
  • Condition of our nation and world in light of current events. (34 responses)
  • Concern for family members’ relationship with God. (35 responses)
  • And #1, desire for a deeper walk with God, finding His will, and obeying Him. (41 responses)

As Jesus hung on the cross dying for us, Scripture records seven statements. The seven last words of Jesus before His death and resurrection addressed similar topics:  Forgiveness, Heaven, Family, Loneliness, Physical Needs, Salvation, and Death.

It’s hard not to notice the similarities between our felt needs today and what Jesus said on the cross.

God perfectly understands what we wonder about, worry about, and wish for. We believe with all confidence:

“For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15 ESV

This Sunday at 9:00 a.m., one week before Easter, I will address these seven last statements of Jesus.

A three sermon series addressing the Wonder, Worry, & Wish question begins on Easter Sunday:

  • April 5: “Can I Really Know God?”
  • April 12: “Does God Really Care about Us?”
  • April 19: “What Difference Does God Make in Our World?”
On Easter Sunday only, Balboa Baptist will have TWO services, 9:00 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. You’re invited!