The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. (Acts 10:9)
People who are fully devoted to Jesus know that His Kingdom advances through the work of believing prayer. Acts 10 demonstrates this reality.
As Peter was praying on a rooftop in the city of Joppa, little did he know that a Roman centurion named Cornelius had already been seeking God in Caesarea (v. 2-3). As a result, God set in motion the events which led to the Holy Spirit being poured out on the Gentiles just as He had among the Jews on the Day of Pentecost (v. 47).
Think about that. The Gospel was spread to people who did not know Jesus as Lord, and it was because two men devoted themselves to prayer.
In the same way, we ought to devote our time and energy to prayer. This is why over the next several weeks we are encouraging LifePoint to pray earnestly that God would use us for the advancement of the Gospel.
As you know by now, LifePoint has launched a capital campaign called COMPELLED.
COMPELLED is a movement among our church to live as we’ve been loved by Jesus. We believe we’ve been called to do this by expanding our ministry capacity so that we can impact more people with the Good News that God’s Kingdom has been unleashed amidst our fallen world through Christ’s life, death, and resurrection.
As Acts 10 demonstrates, prayer is the impetus of Kingdom impact. God has sovereignly ordained it to be the church’s first act of love and its first work of mission. Therefore we must remain devoted to prayer throughout this important season of our church’s life, which is why we are providing a resource called Compelled to Pray.
Compelled to Pray is your daily guide to praying for LifePoint’s COMPELLED campaign. We are asking every person who calls LifePoint their church home to set a reminder to visit The City weekdays at noon (or sometime after) for a short devotional and up-to-date prayer needs for the campaign.
As we look to the Lord’s Day, I encourage you to make it a priority to use Compelled to Pray on a daily basis, praying diligently for each need that arises throughout the campaign. Doing so will help cultivate a deeper love for Jesus—a love that results in faithful obedience and full devotion to Him.
LifePoint, we, like Peter and Cornelius, must seek God in prayer. For He powerfully uses those who quiet themselves long enough to hear from Him. His Kingdom advances through such people.
Are we compelled to pray?
Set List for Sunday, October 01, 2017:
Holy, Holy, Holy (Savior And King) by Gateway Worship (W. Beach, J. B. Dykes, R. Heber)
The Lion And The Lamb by Bethel Music (B. Brown, B. Johnson, L. Mooring)
Devotion by Worship Central (L. Hellebronthe, T. Hughes, D. Ussher)
Jesus Paid It All by Passion (E. M. Hall, J. T. Grape, A. Nifong)
How Great Is Your Love by Passion (K. Stanfill, P. Wickham, B. Younker)
You can also listen to a playlist of LifePoint’s current song rotation on Spotify.