DAY 4 AUGUST 11, 2017
Good morning, church family! Happy Friday!
Please take some time right now and pray through the following acronym: ACTS:
Adoration ▪ Praise the Lord!
Confession ▪ Confess you sins to God and ask for His forgiveness and cleansing.
Thanksgiving ▪ Thank God for what you have, not dwelling on what you do not have.
Supplication ▪ Pray for lost people by name.
I want you to focus with me on praying for those who are lost, those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They have no testimony of experiencing the forgiveness of sins and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The unsaved are all around us. Jesus told us this would be the case. In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”
In Dutch Sheets book, Intercessory Prayer, he teaches believers how to pray for the lost according to 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” He says there are three strongholds in this one verse that we can pray against. The first is “arguments” (logismos) and he defines these as the logic, reasoning, and mindset of secular man. The second stronghold we should pray against in the lives of unbelievers is “every high thing” (hupsoma) which is the pride deeply rooted in the heart of every unbeliever. The third one is “every thought” (noema). Sheets describes this stronghold as referring “to the spontaneous thoughts and temptations Satan uses to assault the unbelievers, as well as the schemes and plans he uses to keep them in darkness.” This is intense praying, but so very effective!
Last week while at the Pflugerville Triathlon Race, I met a young lady I will refer to as “J.” She is a young professional living life and going hard. When I spoke to her of spiritual matters, she didn’t offer much of a reply. I shared a little of my testimony and invited her to our church. This is all good, but there is something that I need to do for J that is more powerful than anything I could possibly do or say and that is prayer! So I prayed for J today and used 2 Corinthians 10:5 as the template for that prayer. Do you know someone who needs Jesus? Will you join me in praying this powerful prayer that Jesus will set him or her free and Satan’s strongholds will be broken in their lives!