Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.
If prayer is vital to ministry, why do we so often treat it as optional?
I was recently in a meeting with some leaders and the "start time" got kind of walked all over, and we found ourselves transitioning into agenda items for discussion without really starting the meeting properly. That is when one of the leaders said gently, "Could we pray before we go any further?" I was thankful for the gentle reminder from this leader while simultaneously feeling awkward that I didn't ask this question first. I felt the reality, but she caught it and said it out loud.
When Paul admonishes the Philippians to pray to God for everything, I think he means everything. This idea of coming to God and requesting his intervening and sustaining power is contrasted with anxiety and worry. Don't be anxious about things, rather pray about everything. Bring petitions to God seeking His face and His will and His power for the circumstance needing change. And if that is not enough, Paul reminds the reader that we must weave thanksgiving into each and every prayer effort we pursue.
Many Converge Great Lakes churches are currently engaging in this year's 21 Days of Prayer and are utilizing the prayer guides available on the Converge website. It encourages me to have hundreds, even thousands, of Christians concentrating their prayer focus in similar ways over a strategic period of time for Kingdom expansion and God's glory. If you have not started yet, there is still plenty of time to call your people to pray.
I recently taught on the topic of corporate prayer and its central guiding value in the New Testament as the primary way Christians are to be praying. This is in contrast to the highly individualized prayer we often see in prayer meetings. Vibrant corporate prayer must advance God's Kingdom in the community through gospel influence. Prayers that use "we, us, and our" rather than "I, me, or my" become central to the corporate praying church as they intercede for community change.
Are you leading your church toward corporate prayer and a vision to expand the gospel into your community? I pray that you engage in prayer gatherings which are concerned with issues where God must pour out his power in order to see change. Converge Great Lakes is committed to corporate prayer movements where the people of God pursue the face of God asking for the power of God to be released through salvation and transformation.
Ken Nabi, Regional President
Ken Nabi has served as the Regional President for Converge Great Lakes since 2016. He earned a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist before enjoying 21 years as a pastor at Community Church of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. Ken is a strategic leader focusing on movements and reproducible systems. Community Church of Fond du Lac planted five churches during his tenure, and those churches helped plant seven more churches.