Answering the Call to Pray
|January 18, 2022|
Just recently I read the following: When we live intentionally, we are often able to better discover and glean value in each interaction. Living life for a reason greater than ourselves causes us to passionately and faithfully commit to the opportunity in front of us. Jesus gives us the greatest example of living a purposeful life. In Luke 4:18-19, He states “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Jesus was clear in His purpose and let it inform everything He did – all to the glory of the Father. As we start this New Year, take the opportunity to prayerfully revisit your purpose in life. Ask yourself: who is God shaping me to be? What is God preparing me to do? Then focus on passionately and faithfully pursuing your God-given calling.**
It just so happens there will be a Purpose Workshop this Sunday, January 23. Consider taking this workshop if you have at times wondered how our Lord wants to use you in the uniqueness of how you’ve been created to further His Kingdom here in Tucson through prayer. This has the potential of being an eye-opening way to begin the New Year.
On January 9th, eleven of us gathered at the Tucson City Hall to pray for our city and state governments. I am so appreciative of each person who participated: their passion and commitment to intercede on behalf of Tucson’s government leaders. On the 10th, I joined about 40+ local pastors for a bus trip to Phoenix. We were given the opportunity of praying in the areas where the senate and house meets. We prayed for the governor, we prayed for the Supreme Court. We were there to pray as this was the opening day of the legislature. In fact, only a few hours later, Governor Ducey would be addressing both branches when giving his State of the State address. It was an honor to pray for and intercede on behalf of men and women we don’t know. It truly mattered not, at least for me, what their political affiliation was. A picture can be seen at 4Tucson Prayer Domain | Facebook. It was said at the time that this was the largest number of people praying on site - possibly in excess of 100 people. Pretty Cool!!!
Tomorrow, Wed. January 19, there will be a prayer time at New Life Community Church, 3367 N. Geronimo, from 5:30-6:30pm. I know many of you have been praying the prayer points for Movement Day 2022. I hope you will continue doing so. But, I also believe it to be important to spend time praying at the site. If you do plan to come, please dress accordingly as we will probably be outside. Once the sun goes down, it can get a bit chilly. Oh, and I almost forgot, there is still time to sign up for Movement Day if you are sensing the Lord leading you in this direction.
Blessings & Shalom,