This week is a special Week of Prayer in the life of First Baptist Church. We began 200 years ago as a “praying society” and so we are beginning our anniversary year with a daily, concentrated time of prayer. Over the past months we have been praying for our Pastor Search Committee and for whoever a prospective pastor might be in the future. As this week ends and a new week begins, we will talk this Sunday about how to pray, as we let the Apostle Paul teach us about “Saying Our Prayers.” (Ephesians 1:15-23) We are usually pretty good about praying for those who are sick, or for families who have lost loved ones. But how would we pray for each other as a church? What does God want us to be praying about that will strengthen the life and ministry of First Baptist Church?
I loved reading about a church in Missouri that had this motto: “We believe the Power behind us is greater than the task before us.” I say “Amen” to that motto. The task before us is always great, but God’s Power is greater. Sunday we will talk about how we can connect to this Power through our prayers.
Phillips Brooks was a well-known pastor in Boston in an earlier day. I have quoted him before. Do you remember? He wrote the words to “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” He has also given us some great words about the prayers we are to offer:
Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think a prayer so large that God in answering it, will not wish you had made it larger. Pray not for crutches but for wings!
I say “Amen” to that as well. So often we settle for praying for crutches. How can we pray for wings to soar? As we begin a year of Bicentennial Celebration, let’s begin that year on our knees in prayer. We pray not for crutches, but for the wings that God will give us to soar as a church. What would those prayers sound like? Let’s talk about that.
See you Sunday . . .