We want to do all we can to encourage you to pray. As we shared in the Redeemer 2020 vision, the primary thing we want to call you to is prayer. Without seeking God in prayer all of our plans are in vain. But prayer is hard and it is easy to get discouraged. In my experience, one of the easiest ways to get discouraged in prayer is to think it relies on our ability. But prayer is not primarily about us. It’s not about the greatness of our ability; the eloquence of our words; even the level of our faithfulness. Prayer is about the power of God.
There’s a part in Ephesians where Paul is talking about prayer. After he has told them some of the ways he is praying he reminds them of who they are praying to:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20)
Paul tells us that it isn’t just that God is capable of doing more than we can ask- that would be an amazing thing in and of itself. But no, he says God is capable of doing even more than we could imagine. So your loftiest thought, your most outrageous expectation, the things that you never dare mention to anyone because they sound too much, Paul says God is capable of outstripping all of those. And, as if to reassure us, Paul says his power is already at work in us. His Holy Spirit has already brought us from spiritual death to spiritual life, opening our eyes to the truth of the gospel. The same power of God is now at work in the church, working to bring about his plans and purposes.That’s why we read that verse together at our prayer and planning nights.
So when we pray it’s not about our ability, what we are capable of. No, we have confidence in prayer because God is faithful, because God is powerful, because he is the one who has all that we require and knows all that we need. So please use the prayer cards to pray regularly for the 2020 vision. Download the wallpapers so you are reminded to pray. Do whatever you can to pray that God would allow us to grow, plant & impact to see the city and beyond transformed by Jesus.
‘Thou art coming to a King,
Large petitions with thee bring;
For His grace and power are such,
None can ever ask too much’
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