Thursday, August 27, 2009

40 Days of Prayer and Evangelism

Our 40-day PUSH is under way.
P.U.S.H. : Pray Until Something Happens

Beginning Wednesday, Augusts 26th through Sunday, October 4th, All Seasons Baptist Church is holding a forty-day campaign of prayer and evangelism. We have asked our people to commit a set time every day to pray for two particular groups of people; the unsaved and the unchurched.

Now some have already been critical, saying that prayer is no substitute for work. (They said this in ignorance, not knowing the whole program.) I know there is no substitute for work. I also know that God's work without prayer will not work. The old hymn says, "All is vain unless the Spirit of the Holy One come down." This is only half the program.

For the second part of the program, we as a church have set a goal to make 1,000 personal contacts in forty days. We will keep record of how many contacts have been made, as well as how many hours we spend praying for those on our P.U.S.H. List. We are praying for those who have never placed their faith and trust in Christ as Savior, and for those in our community who are Christians, but, for one reason or another, are not attending church faithfully elsewhere.

The work of the church has always been a matter of His work; our hands. God, in His wisdom has chosen human instrumentality to do His work. When Nehemiah and the nation of Israel prepared to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem that were destroyed during their years of exile, Nehemiah himself recognized the formula.

Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s

words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build.

So they strengthened their hands for this good work. Nehemiah. 2:18

King David prayed in the Psalms:

And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us:

and establish thou the work of our hands upon us;

yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Psalm 90: 17

We are operating this campaign in the philosophy of my old Pastor from back in my teen years, Dr. Bill Slayton. Dr. Slayton used to say, "Let's pray like it all depends on God, and work like it all depends on us." Pray until something happens. I will keep you updated on the progress of our 40-day PUSH.

Just a thought. Thank you for reading.

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