You know what tomorrow is, right? May the fourth be with you! I couldn’t resist that Star Wars reference. 😂
But in all seriousness, tomorrow is an important day as is this week being an important week for City Elections in Fort Worth.
But as for tomorrow, it’s the first Thursday of May, which means it’s the National Day of Prayer in the United States.
For those who may not know, the National Day of Prayer was established in 1952 as a day for all people to come together and pray for the nation and its leaders. The National Day of Prayer Task Force, a private organization, takes charge of organizing and promoting events and observances nationwide every year.
Not only do numerous churches and organizations host National Day of Prayer events or services at their venues, but people can also participate in a virtual broadcast online.
This year’s theme comes from James 5:16b: “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
In these trying times, our nation and the world at large are in desperate need of fervent prayers. We are facing fluctuating economics, threats from abroad, unimaginable unrest at home, and troubling tragedies and atrocities that seem to mount daily.
But despite all of this, we can take comfort in knowing that God, our Heavenly Father, is not caught unaware or surprised by the sinful nature of humanity.
In fact, James 5:13-16 provides a practical blueprint for transforming our nation into one that reflects God’s heart and nature. Let us turn to these powerful verses and discover how we can bring about real change through prayer and faith.
13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
James encourages us to pray and praise in faith, regardless of whether we are facing trouble or feeling happy.
We are to turn to God and His church, pray, and be anointed with oil in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Through prayer of faith, not only can we be healed and forgiven by God, but our nation, states, cities, families, and individuals can also be healed and forgiven of our sins.
As we gather tonight for our prayer call, let us confess our sins and the sins of our nation, seeking forgiveness and healing from the one true God who sent Jesus, the one who knew no sin, to become sin for us. May we be forgiven, healed, and made whole in Jesus, rightly standing in right relationship with God.
Let us pray for our nation and its leaders, as well as for Fort Worth and its leaders, especially as this week is election week — Saturday, May 6th. We must NOT forget to pray and exercise our vote as God leads and directs our conscious both personally and as a nation.
As we seek God diligently and humbly, our lives and those of our communities can be divinely transformed by the prayer of faith. Together, let us believe that our cities, states, nation, and even beyond, the nations, can also be transformed by God through our prayers.
See you at 8 pm tonight via Zoom.
Pastor Alvin & Mallary Brown
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P.S. You’re invited to join us as we enter into our tenth week of a 12-week long Bible study entitled, “Come and See: Exploring the Gospel of John”.
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, May 21st @ 5 pm
Sunday, June 4th @ 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.