what are we praying for?
I am convicted that my prayers run small. As humans our tendency is to circle in on our immediate location and most current need.
“The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.” (Psa 34:15 ESV)
When we remember that great moves require the movement of a great God, and that preceding that are great prayers, then we can turn our prayers up and out to inquire of Him to do what only He can do.
If we want God to grow His church – to see hearts open to receive His Word, to draw people to Himself, to prepare and send workers into His harvest field, to make His church a people of grace and hospitality and compassion enough to receive and encourage and correct and teach each other – then we need to be praying for all that, consistently and persistently.
"For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better, I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Eph 1:15-19NIV)
Pray big. God is listening, and your prayers have an impact on His Church.