Pray. Sharpen. One Another.

Published April 24, 2024

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Pray. Sharpen. One Another.

Today, I want us to talk and, most importantly, pray about something that affects us all: conflict.

Conflict is inevitable. Whether in our personal relationships, at work, within our communities or campuses, or as the church, we all face conflict at some point. 

But here’s the thing: when approached with intentionality and truth wrapped in grace and love, conflict doesn’t have to tear us apart. In fact, it can make us stronger and more useful to one another and to the world.

As Christians, we’re called to handle conflict differently. Instead of resorting to judgment and division in the people’s court of opinion, which always undermines the gift of unity in Christ Jesus, we’re called to sharpen one another in love, grace, and truth.

This means intentionally leaning into the tensions of conflict together as we stand on the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, using every opportunity to grow and learn from one another—sharpening one another.

So, as we pray today for our community, campus, city, nation, and beyond, let’s open our hearts and seek God’s wisdom, discernment, and revelation in navigating conflicts in ways that glorify Him.

May our hearts reflect God’s own, sharpening one another with love, grace, and truth as we pray for the following:

  1. That our hearts remain repentant, humble, and open to living at the heart of Christian community, even when it’s challenging, stressful, and contentious.
  2. That God removes pride, jealousy, fear, and other hindrances from our hearts that prohibit sharpening one another, replacing them with the fruit of the Spirit.
  3. That the Holy Spirit heals the hurts, habits, and hang-ups caused by past conflicts.
  4. That the Holy Spirit teaches us healthy ways to address conflict that honor God.
  5. That we embody the example of Jesus, who lived Proverbs 27:17 and died to sharpen a broken and dulling humanity, in our relationships.

As we pray together today, let’s allow God to work in and sharpen our hearts.

Together, let’s make a difference in creating the kind of world and church that Jesus—having iron stabbed through his hands, feet, and side to free us from sin’s dulling effect
—intended for us to be: one that sharpens one another

See you at 12 pm sharp!

God bless,
Pastor Alvin & Mallary Brown ::

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 gather in prayer, let’s raise up Campus Missionary Austin Fontenot, his wife Veronica, and their family. Austin serves at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and he and his family are members of Luminous Church. Austin’s heart is committed to empowering the next generation of college students by teaching them to Honor God and Make Disciples as they come to know the power and love of Jesus.

Join us in prayer for Pastor Leighton Locketthis wife Melissa, and their family as they lead Story Church in Lubbock, Texas. With a passionate commitment to loving God, loving people, and spreading the Gospel, the Locketts seek to empower believers to discover and utilize their God-given gifts for making disciples of Christ.

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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 — Texas Christian University (TCU), Tarrant County College (TCC), Texas Wesleyan University (TWU) and Tarleton State University – Fort Worth (TSU), University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), and Dallas Baptist University (DBU).

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