WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Key Bible Verse: “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.” (Matthew 17:20, The Message)
Dig Deeper: Matthew 17:14-20
It’s important to take time for praise, thanksgiving, and confession as we commune with God. But when the moment arrives for intercession, we need to be specific.
Instead of praying for more people to come to church, pray for 100 more people during the coming year. Instead of praying for God to make your congregation better at evangelism, pray for 5 or 50 or 500 people to come to an evangelistic training course and commit to work in an evangelistic campaign over the next three years. At least by praying specifically, you will know whether or not God has answered your prayers.
Not every specific prayer needs to include numbers. We pray every day in our ministry that God would bring us to a state of perfect unity. We can see how that’s going, even though we can’t measure it using numbers. I’ve been praying for 15 years that God would help us start a church in every major village among a people in West Africa who don’t yet know Jesus. I can see progress happening over time. Because it’s a specific prayer, I can see that God is answering my prayers. As a result, my relationship with the Lord is stronger, and I have much more interesting conversations with him.
– Greg Pruett in Extreme Prayer
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