Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
When the apostle Paul wanted to affirm the health of a church in the New Testament, he noted three things: faith, hope, and love. Today, we pray simply for the nurturing and strengthening of faith in the hearts of the people of Lake Baldwin Church.
Faith is dependence on the promises of God, even when we don't yet see the things for which we hope. Faith is about the future, trusting God for all the unknowns of the future. Faith is not a blind crossing of our fingers, but rather a resting in God's gracious character, his love, his power, his wisdom.
- This fall, some will experience suffering and ask the question, "Where is God?" Pray in advance for all who might struggle in this way. Pray that the upcoming message from Exodus 1 will encourage those asking that question.
- This fall, some of the "lost sheep" (Luke 15) will hear the good news of the gospel. Pray that they would put their faith in Christ, trusting his death and resurrection, which they cannot see.
- This fall, those who follow Christ will face the subtle and alluring temptations of sin, risking the future for the immediate. Pray for faith in God's goodness being better than the passing pleasures of sin.
- This fall, some will face the darkness of despair, wondering if God's grace is indeed greater than their sin. Pray that we all will trust the gospel.
- This fall, many will take a step of faith, trying something new. It might be leading a small group, serving, loving another person, or even starting a new ministry in the church. Pray for joy in the adventure of faith.
- This fall, we will meet individuals and families we do not yet know. Pray in advance for them, that they will connect in loving community.
- This fall, we will trust God for staffing decisions, new leaders, new volunteers, resources, and outreach events. Pray that we would see God work as we pray and trust him now.
- Pray that each Sunday in worship we would see again, through eyes of faith, the beauty of our Savior, "looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 11:1).