On January 11, and to introduce our new series entitled “Square One,” our worship team performed a song for our offering entitled Calling on Angels. I love this song! I remember first hearing it on a date with my wife Mary, and while we were at an Angels baseball game. The opening lyrics go like this…

I need a sign to let me know you’re here

All of these lines are being crossed over the atmosphere

I need to know that things are gonna look up

‘Cause I feel us drowning in a sea spilled from a cup

When there is no place safe and no safe place to put my head

When you feel the world shake from the words that are said

And I’m calling all angels

I’m calling all you angels

The song is a kind of parable; it is almost like a modern Psalm. It takes some creative license, and certainly we do not pray to angels but to God. Even so, as I heard it being played, I was motivated again to call our church family to prayer.

We need to pray because times are hard in our world and in our lives. We need to pray because this is a means God uses to give us what He wants. Prayer is a safeguard, confirming that God gets the glory in our lives and we get the joy. We face an adversary who is powerful; he is described as a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. There are unseen spiritual battles taking place in the heavenlies. Jesus said that God’s house is to be a house of prayer.

There are a few particular matters about which I am requesting prayer. First, we are launching a new series with a new round of small groups. The existence and function of our small groups needs to be undergirded with prayer. We are praying for healthy small groups, and for 16 small groups. So far our goal has been just out of our reach. We need the right leaders, and good participation in these groups. Second, we have felt that God is leading us to pray for 12 conversions marked by public baptism in this ministry year. So far we are four months into this ministry year, and I have come to know of one baptism (praise God). But we are trusting God for only what He can give, and that is genuine conversions.

We have decided to have a concerted time of intercession in coordination with our worship team and 20 minutes before each corporate worship service (in our Celebration Center). At a recent town hall meeting I heard from 8 individuals who would like to make this a regular practice, both Saturday night and Sunday morning. Will you be one of these vital intercessors? Will you join us for regular and fervent prayer, asking God to give us what he wants… beginning with our worship services? If so, I hope to see you folding in to one of our prayer gatherings this weekend!

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