Can you believe it’s already the last Wednesday of July?
Summer is flying by, and I can’t help but look forward to the school year ahead. The only thing I wish would end soon is this scorching heat, but I know we’ll get through it by God’s grace.
Last week, during corporate prayer, we came together to thank God for His provision and to seek His favor in preparing hearts to be fertile ground for faith to take root and grow His kingdom.
I’m thrilled to share that one of our prayer requests has been answered wonderfully.
You won’t believe the divine alignment Pastor Graham McMillan from Fort Worth Bible Church, and I experienced when meeting with Dr. Angelicá Ramsey, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent, and team from Fort Worth ISD.
We had prayed for fruitful collaboration between local churches and the school district, and God’s hand was unmistakably present. And guess what?
They also prayed for more partnerships with churches for mentorship programs through Academy 4, a nonprofit that builds lasting relationships with schools and families.
Talk about a match made in heaven in God answering our prayers!
As I pondered this beautiful outcome long after the meeting, I couldn’t help but think of Matthew 7:12, where Jesus reminds us to do unto others as we would have them do to us—the Golden Rule, right?
But what struck me deeper was the context of the preceding verses, 7 to 11, all about asking, seeking, and knocking in prayer.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! 12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. — Matthew 7:7-12
When we unite in the unity of the Spirit through the bond in peace (Ephesians 4:3) and earnestly ask God for His will, amazing things happen!
God grants our requests and often exceeds our expectations, giving us what we truly need, even if we can’t fully articulate it in words of prayer.
As we can attest to God’s faithfulness in many areas, our meeting with Dr. Angelicá Ramsey and the team and the partnership established for mentorship with Fort Worth schools proves that God answers prayers when we seek Him with faith.
Let this encourage us to consistently and practically live out the Golden Rule through prayerful requests, seeking, and persistent knocking on the door of God’s heart. May the gospel of Jesus touch the lives of Fort Worth, residents, extending its impact beyond our city.
And always, may our doing find its origin in our being with God as He blesses us to be a blessing to others for His ultimate glory.
See you at 8 pm via Zoom.
Pastor Alvin & Mallary Brown
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P.S. Inviting and calling all women to a 7-week Summer Bible Study: Jude: Contending for the Faith in Today’s Culture.
Additionally, we will make space to pray for God to extend His reach beyond the limits of our city and into the world, seeking His wisdom, unity, safety, and provision for the following people and initiatives:
As we pray, let’s lift up Bria Lacour, a campus missionary at the University of Texas in Austin. May her heart and passion for guiding young women to discover their true value and identity in Christ through discipleship be blessed and strengthened. Witnessing students transformed by the Gospel, developing a relationship with Jesus, sharing His message with their loved ones, reaching other nations on missions, and making more disciples reminds us of the significance of the Great Commission.
Join us in prayer for Harry & Wendy Griesel, who lead the East Africa Region, a developing African area. Their passion lies in serving and supporting Every Nation churches and leaders in East Africa while facilitating collaboration with churches from different regions. Their primary focus is reaching new countries in the East Africa region, raising leaders, and planting churches with the support of local Every Nation churches worldwide. Let’s intercede for their endeavors and God’s guidance in their ministry.
P.S.S. Mark your calendar and join us for food and fun at The Brown’s house (text The Browns for location details).
Sunday, Jul. 16th @ 5 pm
Sunday, Aug. 6th @ 5 pm
General Prayer Requests & Updates
For evangelism to flourish so communities and campuses in the greater Fort Worth area will be reached, and the lost will see and experience the love of Christ and be drawn to his kingdom.
For signs and wonders to follow the preaching of His Word.
For team unity and laborers to help carry the load.
For finances and provisions.
For fully funded campus missionaries (2 per campus) to help reach the next generation — University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), Texas Christian University (TCU), Tarrant County College (TCC), Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) and Tarleton State University – Fort Worth (TSU).
Alvin Brown, the Lead Pastor of Mosaic Church Fort Worth, brings over a decade of pastoral ministry experience and more than 20 years of operational and technical leadership expertise. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from DeVry University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Mallary, and their three children and contributing as a writer to various media outlets.