Something very significant began at GPBC on October 1st. We have successfully launched the prayer initiative, Pray31! This is not just another program or promotion. It’s an experience that will guide us into a deeper appreciation for our nation and a deeper understanding of the power of prayer.
I think that we all agree that this is a crucial moment in American history. These are days of decision, and soon we will be exercising our rights to participate in those decisions by voting. But that isn’t all we can do. In fact, it isn’t the most important thing we can do. Yes, there’s something even more significant: We can pray!
God said in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
In Pray31 we’re taking a 31-day journey of prayer across our nation. The guide for this journey is a remarkable resource, the Pray31 U.S Prayer Atlas. The Pray31 experience only takes about 5-10 minutes per day and can be added to your personal prayer and devotions. And because each day’s prayer focus is distinct, you won’t get in a rut.
As we join our hearts in prayer we are asking for God to Awaken Our Nation, to Renew Our Church, and to Transform Our Lives!
It is not too late to get involved in Pray31! I hope and pray that you will!
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at www.greaterportland.org
Lord willing, I will see you Sunday!
It has been said that anyone can show love when the sun is shining, but it is in the storm when you find out who really cares! In every corner of the world there are countless numbers of people who feel all alone and abandoned; individual men and women who may be surrounded by other people, but who do not have a close, personal connection with someone who really cares about their deepest hurts, their struggles or their fears.
The psalmist felt this when he cried “I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul” (Psalm 142:4).
Are you lonely? Do you need to know the comfort of a real friend? You can find hope when you discover a Love that Really Cares! David found his answer when he said “I cried unto Thee, O LORD…” (Psalm 142:5), and you can discover that same hope through Jesus Christ. At GPBC we believe God’s love will transform your life and change the way you live. Come see for yourself!
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Pray31 is a short-term initiative that can make a long-term impact on our Church, on our Country and on Ourselves!
The Pray31 strategy was created to provide a practical approach to pray for our country. For many years I have challenged GPBC to pray for America. I think that you would agree that if there was ever a time that America needed prayer it is right now!
Pray31 follows the Scriptural exhortation of 2 Chronicles 7:14 and 1 Timothy 2:1-4 to not only do that, but it also offers us a workable plan and the viable tools to do it! Christians not only need encouragement to pray, but they also need instruction in how to pray. Prayer is, after all, a discipline of the Christian life, a practice to be learned and cultivated. Just as the disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray,” every Christian must do the same! We all know that prayer is not easy nor does it come automatically.
Pray31 is not intended for political expression. It is neither right, nor left, nor centrist; it is, in fact, above all positions because it looks to the supremacy of Christ. Pray31 is not country-centered but Christ-centered; a strategy to seek him and call upon His blessing and favor. Understanding this distinction is vital to avoiding the notion that we pray in order to get our will accomplished. To the contrary, we pray for God’s will to be done and His kingdom to come. This doesn’t mean we can’t love our country while also loving his kingdom; in fact, it will cause us to love America even more when we look at our nation through the eyes of God’s purposes.
Although Pray31 is primarily focused on intercession it is also an opportunity to emphasize the other dimensions of prayer. It’s a way to teach about adoration, confession, petition and much more.
The Pray31 experience will help each of us to have:
- A better perspective on the relevance of prayer to all of life!
- A stronger commitment to exercise this remarkable privilege that God has given us!
- A deeper appreciation for our nation, its heritage, and the blessings of living in this unique land!
- A clearer understanding of the impact of prayer for reaching the lost!
It is my prayer that Pray31 will ultimately make a lasting contribution to the life and ministry of GPBC!
Webster’s Dictionary tells us that a premise is “a basis for understanding and action.” The premise of Pray31 is the biblical mandate of prayer. Our “basis for understanding” is the instruction and example of prayer that we find throughout God’s Word. It is important at the outset of any major undertaking to go back to the basics.
I have read that on the first day of spring training for the NFL Super Bowl champions, Green Bay Packers, legendary football coach Vince Lombardi would begin by holding a football high above his head and say, “Men, this is a football.” He knew the value of emphasizing the essentials. And that’s what Pray31 does for us! It takes us back to the basics! As a church we will discover “This is prayer!”
Let each of us understand that Pray31 is not just a program or another project for us to do. It is a spiritual commitment that holds the potential for spiritual and eternal results.
There are several imperatives that are crucial to making Pray31 all that it can be for our church:
- Prayer must be Christ-centered. Although we pray for America, we pray through Christ. Our intercession is offered in His name. Ultimately, this isn’t about our country; it’s about Christ. He is the center and circumference of our lives. As the apostle Paul told the Colossians, He is to have “the preeminence in everything.”
- Prayer must be Faith-based. The way to please God is the way of faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please God,” says the writer of Hebrews. Faith is a key component of prayer, for in prayer we express our confidence in the One who hears and answers.
- Prayer must be Love-empowered. The mark of the true Christian is genuine love for the Lord and for others, and this must be the motivation in prayer. We don’t pray just to comply with Christ’s command.
We do it out of love—His love that dwells in us and empowers us to live a spiritually abundant, fruitful and meaningful life. And for all who express a love for America, what better way to express that love than to pray fervently for our Country, our Church and Ourselves?
In every service we will distribute the USA Prayer Atlas and GPBC Prayer Card to help us along the way!
Will you begin the journey of Pray31 with us? I pray that you will!
See you on Sunday! God bless!