Quick thought: for those fasting today, consider including the families affected by the shooting in Newtown, CT, and the community as a whole in your targeted prayers.
Some prayer points:
- That hurt people would turn to God and to the church for answers to their questions
- That God would prepare hearts and soften them to the gospel message
- That the area churches would be Christ’s hands and feet and inject themselves into the thick of it
- That the God of Comfort would grant peace to those affected
- That our enemy, his forces, and his plans would be rebuked
One last thought on the topic of 9/11 that I pray infiltrates our hearts and takes up residence: we must pray for the Muslim world. Muslims comprise roughly 22% of the world’s population – around 1.5 billion people, and growing. Quickly.
Jesus Christ came to this world to rescue any sinner that will have Him. That includes you, me, and Muslims on the other side of the world.
Muslims do have religion, but they don’t have Christ.
They don’t have God.
They don’t have salvation.
The wrath of God is still upon them. This is not because they are Muslims, but because they were born sinners like you and me…and, like every one of us before we knew Christ, they know how to do nothing other than sin.
Let’s pray earnestly for Muslims in the wake of the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, for their salvation and for God’s glory.
We’re inclined to think we have nothing in common with a Muslim on the other side of the world, but we’re wrong.
Their only hope is Jesus Christ.
Just like us.
Here are some guidelines from a pastor as to how he asks people to pray for him.
As we submit to the spiritual authority of our Calvary Baptist pastors and leaders, let’s keep them soaked in our prayers, day and night. My CBC siblings – let’s pray for our pastors and leaders today, by name, using these guidelines.
- That the gospel would be the focal point of my life and identity – not manhood, not being a husband, not being a father, not being a pastor, but who I am in Christ.
- That I would not fear man by desiring the admiration of people; that the Lord’s “Well done” would be ever before my eyes.
- That the Lord would not allow me to go long between repentances; that I would keep short accounts with him and be sensitive to and ruthless with my sin.
- That I would continue to grow in the character qualities of the man of God (1 Tim 3:1-7; 2 Tim 2:22-26; Titus 1:5-9).
- That I would have a consistent, powerful, diligent life of private prayer; that I would grow in my dependence on the Holy Spirit.
- That the Lord would give me great diligence in study and sermon preparation, making the most of my time.
- That my preaching and teaching ministry would be empowered by the Holy Spirit; that the Lord would effect real change in our lives through it; and that by it we would be more endeared to Christ.
- That I would boldly and faithfully and humbly and joyfully and intentionally share the gospel with the non-Christians in my social orbit.
- That I would see Jesus as supremely valuable, my greatest treasure, and as my dear friend.