Monday, January 8, 2018

Church on the Rock

Submitted by Josh Arrington
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.  Ephesians 6:18

One summer evening, as I was taking out the garbage in the complex where we lived, a lady came running out of her townhome and met me at the garbage bin.  She wanted to know what I was doing here. I assured her that I lived here and was simply taking out the trash.  She said she knew that I lived in the complex but she wanted to know why I lived in that neighborhood and why we had so many different people that kept coming around to help (referring to our mission teams).

I began to share with her that we had moved here to start new churches and to serve our community, but before I could get any more words out, she stopped me mid-sentence and asked, “Are you praying in our neighborhood?”  I told her we were and that over the past eight weeks we had actually been walking and praying over every street and house in Pitt Meadows. I told her we almost always started in this complex and who knows how many times and how many people have prayed for her. 

She got a big smile on her face and said, “I knew it!  I was telling my husband that I am not sure what these people are doing here but I told him I thought you were praying for us!”  She then said, “I don’t know what you believe or anything, but I can tell you this, whatever was here in our neighborhood before this summer is gone and we like it that way!” 

WOW!!!  Prayer should never just be a part of our strategy for life or ministry - it is the strategy for life and ministry!  The spiritual attacks we have faced here in Canada have been unlike anything I had ever experienced before in my life.  We must put on our spiritual armor daily. Paul talks about this in Ephesians 6, and I love what he says to do after we put on our armor - he tells us to pray!!!

Lord, I pray for the leaders at Church on the Rock and for us here at home – that we would be suited up daily with the armor of God.

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