Monday, May 3, 2010

Praying for Your Church

On Tuesday, April 27 Kenny Stokes was affirmed as the Interim Pastor for Preaching at Bethlehem Baptist Church during John Piper’s eight month leave of absence. Kenny and I became good friends while we each served churches in Iowa some years ago. Let us pray for Christ's all-sufficient grace for Kenny as he joyfully bears this calling in the days ahead.

In his response to this appointment, John Piper prays the following for Bethlehem as they follow Kenny’s leading. May we also pray that God would move in all of our churches so that we would see:

• hundreds of people coming to Christ,
• old animosities being removed,
• marriages being reconciled and renewed,
• wayward children coming home,
• long-standing slavery to sin being conquered,
• spiritual dullness being replaced by vibrant joy,
• weak faith being replaced by bold witness,
• disinterest in prayer being replaced by fervent intercession,
• boring Bible reading being replaced by passion for the Word,
• disinterest in global missions being replaced by energy for Christ’s name among the nations, and
• lukewarm worship being replaced by zeal for the greatness of God’s glory.

from DG

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