Begin With Prayer

Read:  “Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value].” Colossians 3:2 (AMP)

Reflect: Last week, I was fortunate to receive two project lead assignments to bless our city for the final weekend of the “I Love Chula Vista” series. I was excited to have the opportunity to lead, and also a little nervous about getting enough people to support the assignments. So, I prayed a simple prayer with my wife on Saturday night, asking God that everyone hearing the message would feel inspired to get behind the vision of being the church out in the community.

We learned this weekend that prayer is both how we discover and do our mission. I begin with prayer because it helps me be aware of what God is already doing or planning to do. Beginning with prayer causes me to stop and listen to God so I can hear the things he’s doing around me that he’s inviting me to participate in. I want prayer to be my foundation, the thing that keeps me from leaning into things that distract or draw me away from what God wants. Mostly I want prayer to be the thing that helps me know God more and more so that who I am reflects him in a far greater way.

Committing as a church to begin with prayer helped our community align with how we should each individually take part in God’s mission. People were inspired and responded as over 1400 people filled over 80 projects by the end of the day Sunday, including my assignments!

React: There are still opportunities to get involved, you can sign up by going to https://iheartcv.com/, and there will be even more opportunities added by next weekend.

Commit to begin by spending some time in the prayer below from the weekend service.

Pray: Dear Lord Jesus – every good and perfect gift is a blessing from you. You have blessed me with so much and I ask that you would use me to be a blessing to others. Make me a channel of your blessing – a channel through whom your love, peace and joy flow out from you, through me to others. May I be your hands to bless others where I live, work and play. May I speak words of life and encouragement to those around me this week. Lord, may you increase in my life and may I decrease – so that the blessings you pour in me, run through me to others, drawing them closer to you.