MINISTRIES: Today, I’d like you to pray for specific needs of our Children’s Ministry, from our Children’s Director, Adrienne Schaffer.
MINISTRIES: Volunteers from MHCC serve as drivers to clients of the Roane County Recovery Court. Barbara Bolous is a volunteer, and she gives us this suggested prayer that you can pray for all of our drivers and clients:
Lord, please hold this person in your hands to help guide them and protect them. They have a fantastic support system through the court; please help them to continue to make the good choices. Please let me be a positive person in the time I have to spend with each of them.
MINISTRIES: Here are a few more ministries to pray for, the same way as yesterday (click here to read yesterday's guide):
For the next few days, let’s pray about our ministries. Our ministries are the activities we do to win converts and make disciples. All active ministries consume some amount of time, effort and money. So let’s ask God to show us whether or not we are investing wisely.
Pray through these areas of ministry, and others you think of, and ask for God’s great wisdom on what to keep, what to end, what to increase, what to decrease, etc.
Here’s a few for today:
DIRECTION: Today as we finish up with the theme of ’direction’, here are some vital needs that Morrison Hill has, submitted by our Chairman of the Elders, Tom Burwinkle. Take a few minutes and look up the Scriptures and ask God for these things for MHCC.
Wisdom: Proverbs 8 and especially verses 10-11
A wise and discerning heart: 1 Kings 3 and especially vs 10-12
Peace and unity: Romans 12:18-21, John 17:23b, and Hebrews 13:17
New Leaders: 2 Timothy 2:2 and Titus 1:6-9
DIRECTION: Jesus described his new way of life as new wine that couldn’t be contained by the “old wineskins” of the Law and Temple.
It seems like a natural human tendency to turn a living and active way into a well-managed but somewhat lifeless institution.
On the other hand, when we blast away indiscriminately at the old traditions, there is a real danger of killing off the life that remains.
That is why we are asking God for his wisdom BEFORE we put our heads together and brainstorm our own ideas. Our church leaders offer no recommendations right now. It’s too early. We all need to pray together for God’s wisdom.
Won’t you ask him today to show us - show us ALL - how he would have us chip away anything (in our lives and in our church) that keeps his life from bubbling forth?
DIRECTION: Once when King David counted his people, he found among his multitudes some men from the tribe of Issachar, who are described thus:
“...from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do” - 1 Chronicles 12:32
If we could transport those men to our time and place, guess what? They WOULDN’T understand our times or know what WE should do. That’s an ability God means to give to the wise and understanding seekers of OUR time, in THIS church.
Let’s pray together today that the Lord will raise up from among us people who understand our times and know what we should do. Today, let’s pray for this kind of insight for:
Our elders: Tom Burwinkle, Larry Gabbard, Russ Hickle, and David Pryor
Our deacons: David Schaffer, Rod Coker, Doyte Hay, Frank Hill, Dean Hollingsworth, Frank Lambdin, John Maschino, Keel McDonald, Rick Ross, David Thompson, and Scott White
Our ministry staff: Dennis Mullen, John and David Pryor, Adrienne Schaffer, Joanie McKinney, and June Maschino
“Lord, give us wisdom and spiritual insight to know our times and to see what we should do. And raise up new leaders, a new generation, to keep your church strong, vibrant and faithful”.
These first four days are all about DIRECTION for our church. Let’s begin by asking God to give us some direction about what we should do next. We all know that the church’s overall mission is to make disciples of all nations. But what should we take on HERE and NOW to help carry out that mission?
LORD, WHAT NOW?
A note from Dennis Mullen, our senior minister:
Our church needs a fresh start. As I think back on our history, I remember many good times and not that many bad ones. But I also see that the things we did in the past that used to work don’t all work anymore. The ways we used to think and the ways we divided up jobs and the ways we decided on how to spend money and the things we did for outreach and to make better disciples - they don’t work anymore. Not all of them anyway. We need a fresh start, one that probably includes taking a hard look at everything and figuring out how WE can use what God has given us to reach his people here.
To that end: 40 days of prayer - Feb. 21 thru Easter Sunday. Get ready for it. Get ready to do it. Get ready to look for our reset button. Let’s get ready to seek God’s will together and start fresh.
16 This is what the Lord says--
he who made a way through the sea,
a path through the mighty waters,
17 who drew out the chariots and horses,
the army and reinforcements together,
and they lay there, never to rise again,
extinguished, snuffed out like a wick:
18 “Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
--- Isaiah 43:16-19
“Forget the former things”. Don’t live in the past. We often tell each other to leave the past behind when the bygone days are full of heartache and gloom. But here in Isaiah 43, God tells Israel that it is time to leave behind the great glories of their past. God calls to their mind the time he parted the Red Sea for them, and then says: “Forget about that”. And then: “See, I am doing a new thing”.
It is with that spirit that I want us to enter 40 Days of Prayer. I have been the minister here at Morrison Hill Christian Church for many years. I have lots of memories, almost all of them good. You probably do too.
But I think it’s time to “forget the former things” so that God can do something new. After all, some of the things we used to do, things we have always done (and the way we’ve done them) may have outlived their usefulness. To paraphrase David Platt in his book Radical, if we all just landed here as missionaries and laid out from scratch our best plan to reach this community for Christ, we probably wouldn’t come up with MHCC just as it is. (Don’t feel bad, though. This becomes true of most churches over time).
So I want us to pray about how God might reshape us and remake us into the most effective church we can be - by HIS definition alone.
To that end, we offer this prayer guide. It will contain content for each of the 40 days from Wednesday, February 21 through Easter Sunday, April 1. Some days contain prayers by MHCC people. Other days simply offer some suggestions.
We ask that you spend some of your prayer time each day praying about the specific aspect of MHCC called for in this guide. That way, we'll be united in our prayer concern for a small part of each day. And if you lead a class or group, please take a moment and pray together about the topic for that day.
We’ll have this guide ready a week at a time. You can get a paper copy for the week each Sunday at church (which is the only way to get the whole week in advance).
And we will send it each week to our email list as well. (Sign up for the email list on the front page of morrisonhill.com).
Let’s pray together!
- Dennis Mullen