2016 is going to be a big year in the life of Celebration. We have formed the Raise the Bar (RtB) Campaign Team to help take our church to the next level of influence for Christ in our city. This campaign is successful when we win people to the Lord, build them up in discipleship, and send them back out into the community to serve in Jesus’ name. This means we have to grow in faith and in numbers. This is one reason we need a permanent facility. If we want to have a big impact in Western Tidewater for Christ, we must have a big church family.
This is why we are kicking off the new year with the 21 Days of Prayer challenge, but not just any kind of prayer. What we need is bold prayers of faith that call for us to act. Understand a prayer of faith without action is dead. James writes, “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” James 2:17-18
One mighty prayer of faith I recall is the one of David just before he defeated the large and in charge Goliath. David shouted his prayer at Goliath. Listen,“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 2 Samuel 17:45-47 David’s prayer is bold!
What if after this bold prayer David did nothing, but instead went back home? Not acting on his prayer to take the giant down? His prayer would be dead. Likewise, when we pray for the success of the “RtB” campaign our prayers will be dead without action. Be ready for action C3!