|Encourage0gram January 20, 2017
To all our family and friends at FCC,
Today is another transfer of power from one President to another. No matter what your political persuasion, as Christians, we all agree only God reigns! He is our Sovereign and He is compassionate. Therefore, it is time to pray! Time to call upon the Lord who sent His Only Son to be our Savior. Time to cry out as the people of God. We must take the lead in seeking our Creator and Sustainer.
I heard this week that the 40th President of these “United States” took his oath of office with the Bible open to 2 Chronicles 7:14. If this is true, it reveals his dependence on God’s people to pray for our nation. Whether a King acknowledges it or not we still must pray!
Here are the timely words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
"The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state and never its tool."
So today I call us at FCC to prayer! Let us come before our Father’s throne of grace with confidence that He hears and answers the prayers of His people. Let us live the truth of our profession to trust in Him by calling on Him.
The prophet Joel says it this way:
NIV Joel 2:12-15
"Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning." 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity. 14 Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing-- grain offerings and drink offerings for the LORD your God. 15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.
Later Joel tells about the Lord’s answer:
NIV Joel 2:28-29
"And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
Luke quotes these verses in Acts 2 to describe the miracles seen on Pentecost, the birthday of the church.
Paul exhorts us to pray for the King. When he issued this call the political powers were opposed to followers of Christ. Yet he calls us to pray.
NIV 1 Timothy 2:1-4
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
As we shine our light in this world and seek to bear much fruit (john15:8) let us take the lead in prayer!
Be encouraged, your prayers are heard and answered by our heavenly Father!