Prayer Network Newsletter
Scripture for April: Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:4-11 NKJV
Director’s Message for April: Today is Good Friday, and I have long wondered how best to celebrate this truly “holy day.” I have attended services and observed rituals over the years, but I have never felt that I have given this day the proper recognition in my life. Then this morning, as I was reading in Scripture about the events of that Friday, I was arrested by the observation in Luke 23:26 that “as they led Jesus away, they laid hold of a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, who was coming from the country, and on him they laid the cross that he might bear it after Jesus.” This brought to mind the earlier words of Jesus: “If anyone wants to be my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Suddenly I knew that the only satisfactory way to observe Good Friday is to take up the cross and follow our Redeemer. At this point, I had the further realization that only when we take up our cross by dying to self daily can we then celebrate Easter in a satisfying manner by ”walking in newness of life.” This will certainly please our Savior more than a parade of colorful eggs and outfits. We must first reckon ourselves “to be dead indeed to sin” on Crucifixion Friday before we can reckon ourselves “alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord” on Resurrection Sunday.
Daily Prayer Emphases for March:
- SUNDAY – Pray for widespread participation in the upcoming Passover to Pentecost Fast (March 31st through May 19th).
- MONDAY – Pray for a miracle for the United States—that President Obama, the Supreme Court, and the members of Congress will show be friends of Israel, the innocent, and the institution of marriage.
- TUESDAY – Pray for the Lord to direct and empower our Cornerstone Conference officials as they lead us forward in “Kingdom Expansion” through church revitalization, planting, & adoption.
- WEDNESDAY – Pray that a hunger will arise in our churches to experience the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as “power to witness.”
- THURSDAY – Pray for the Lord’s will to be done through our upcoming General Conference in Dallas.
- FRIDAY – Pray for every ministry in every Cornerstone Conference congregation to have an evangelistic component at its core—whether ministries to children, teens, young adults, men, women, seniors, or the broader community—whether educational, social, or recreational. Save souls, Lord!
- SATURDAY – Pray that every church in our conference will heed the call of Isaiah 54:2: “Enlarge the place of your tent, and . . . stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen the cords, and strengthen the stakes.”
Suggestion: You may want to print this newsletter, fold it in half, & then use it as a page marker as you pray your way through the 2013 IPHC Link Prayer Guide.