Saturday, January 23, 2010

Please Be Praying...

To: The awesome people who make up my prayer team.

Would you please pray? I am studying for tomorrow night's message at The Rising.  I'm teaching on the necessity of integrity in leading.  If we as Christians are going to lead others, especially lead others into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, we need to be people who are committed to integrity before God—making him our standard rather than making other people our standard.

God lead me to 2 Samuel 11—the story of David and Bathsheba.  I'll be honest: tomorrow night's message is a straight-for-the-jugular type of message, and I've had to get real and honest before God tonight before he will allow me to bring it tomorrow (repentance is so healing).

Please pray for the following:

  • That I would preach boldly with compassion and love (this is going to be a tough message).  I do not want to come across as superior or having it all together.  However, I know I must bring up the truth—that truth that God brought to my face tonight as I studied.

  • That all of us at The Rising would be responsive to God's message for us the same that David was responsive to God's message for him (see 2 Samuel 12:13; Psalm 51).

  • That the Holy Spirit would move among all of us and, 1). Bring people into a saving relationship with Jesus, and 2). Bring a spirit of conviction upon all of us so that we might truly live for Christ, leading others toward him rather than away from him.

Thank you so much.  You all are amazing.

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