Pastor’s Message – August 9, 2022

Monthly Days of Prayer

Ten years ago today (August 7), I began what has become a monthly practice of setting aside one day per month to devote to prayer. This day is separate from my weekly sabbath and takes place on a usual work day. It is not a vacation or an extra day off to get housework done or to work from home. It requires me to plan ahead since I step away from the office and routines of pastoral work to focus on spiritual work.

It’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and repeating it monthly all these years is worth the effort. Their timing and structure has changed slightly over the years, but the purpose has remained the same: to pull aside with the Lord for one work day for the purpose of prayer for our church. There are some similarities to the monthly prayer days, but each one is also unique because the Holy Spirit leads a little differently each time.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places ~ Ephesians 6:12

We often hear the phrase that prayer is powerful, and how true this is. It’s powerful because, as Paul says in this verse from Ephesians, there is a spiritual battle in this world that we must fight on our knees.

When do you pray daily, monthly, and weekly?

What might you commit to adding to your prayer life?

And how might I pray for you?

all good things to each of you,
Dr. Darian

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