Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ,
The Lord our God is really an amazing and faithful God! We prayed to the Lord that He would enlarge our borders and He did. Looking back at 2011, we saw several new churches planted, existing frontiers in government, military, police and the corporate world expanded, and several more new opportunities opened.
Prayer and Fasting 2012 But Pastor Britt Merrick, pastor and author, reminded our leaders during a recent Leaders’ meeting that the chief end of man is to love God and enjoy Him forever. Therefore, ministry for God has to flow from our ministry to God. We were created to love Jesus and enjoy Him every moment of our lives.
Because of this, we need to live a life that is intimately dependent on God. And the most practical way to do this is to make prayer the central activity of our lives.
Ronnie Floyd said, “Prayer occurs when you depend on God. Prayerlessness occurs when you depend on yourself.”
Many Christians say that they are dependent on God, but it is in one’s daily prayer life that we see the reality of this. When we become intimately dependent on God, prayer becomes as natural as breathing. Everything we do is brought before the Lord, and there is no aspect of life that is outside the realm of prayer.
As we begin 2012, we have an excellent opportunity to start on the right foot. This week of Prayer and Fasting will help us develop the attitude. It is my ardent desire that we use this time, not just as an end itself and try to experience total dependence on God for one week in a year, but that it will prime the pump in us to become more and more intimately dependent on the Lord every day of our lives.
May the Lord grant us success in this!
Pastor Peter Tan-Chi