We're at war and we need to pray

 

Poppy Memorial

This weekend we have rightly been remembering our nation's past, and those who have served in wars past and present. We had a great evening of remembrance on Friday evening and an opportunity to encourage the 130 who came to "Remember Christ Jesus risen from the dead" (2 Timothy 2:8).

But as we were reminded yesterday from Galatians 5:16-25 (listen to the sermon here), every Christian is constantly at war - with the desires of our flesh. Which is why we need to fight. Listen to these wise words from John Piper in his book Let the Nations be Glad (p49):

"Probably the number one reason prayer malfunctions in the hands of believers is that we try to turn a wartime walkie-talkie into a domestic intercom. Until you know that life is war, you cannot know what prayer is for. Prayer is for the accomplishment of a wartime mission… But what have millions of Christians done? We have stopped believing we are in a war. No urgency, no watching, no vigilance. Just easy peace & prosperity. And what did we do with the walkie-talkie? We tried to rig it up as an intercom in our houses… not to call in firepower for conflict with the enemy, but to ask for more comforts in the den."

So will you come and fight with us at our church prayer meeting this Wednesday? We pray from 8pm - 9.30pm, and we serve food at 7pm. If you can't make that, we also have a Thursday day time prayer meeting 1.30pm-2.30pm.


 

Robin Weekes, 10/11/2014

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