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!
GPBC Missions Month Emphasis starts this Sunday!
This Sunday morning, September 11, 2016 GPBC will host our annual Missions Month Emphasis!
The heartbeat of Greater Portland Baptist Church is glorifying Christ through Worldwide Evangelism!
In Matthew 9:35-38 we read: And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Of course, when it comes to reaching the untold with the Gospel, there is no better voice for missions than “missionaries!”
Each Sunday we will have a different Missionary to speak for us on Sunday Morning and Sunday Evening!
This year, we will have Four Keynote Speakers! One for every Sunday during the four weeks!
Sept. 11- Dr. Don Sisk Veteran Missionary BIMI
Sept. 18- David Harris- Far East Director BIMI
Sept. 25 – Ken Fielder – WorldView Ministries
Oct 2! – Chuck Weber – Mongolia
With God’s help GPBC will seek to not only send more missionaries to the untold millions, but we will also strive together to do our part in “Praying, Giving, and Going!”
We are working and praying that this will be our greatest Faith Promise Missions Revival ever! Please begin now praying for this conference and make plans to attend every service!
God bless and let’s pray for “A Heart for the Harvest!
August 30, 2016
Dear Youth Leader,
We are really excited about the 27th Annual Northwest Youth Conference (November 10-12). The date this year is the same weekend as Veteran’s Day, and should make it easier for most young people (state side) to attend. Our conference staff is planning and preparing to help make this a phenomenal year. We have already made plans for some great sessions for the delegates (both students and workers) that will make this conference worth your time and investment. We believe that the time spent at GPBC during the conference won’t be wasted time…. (Read On Here)
Here are the downloadable registration forms and promotion materials for your convenience.
This Sunday, May 29, 2016 GPBC is hosting Sam and Debbie Wood for our Family Emphasis Day!
Sam and Debbie Wood are the founders of Family Fortress Ministries, in Jamestown, Tennessee. The mission of Family Fortress Ministries is “to exhort families in all aspects of family life to passionately fear God and to live according to His Word, so that they will experience the abundance that God desires to bless them with.”
The services this Sunday will help each of us to honestly examine our current relationships with God and our family! Every family should make plans to attend every service this Sunday!
Let me also encourage you to invite other families and couples that you know who may not attend GPBC but are struggling or looking for a home church.
This Monday is Memorial Day and we will also pay tribute to all of those that gave their lives for our liberty and freedom in the Sunday Morning service!
This is going to be a great weekend! Please make plans to be a part of it!
See you Sunday!