Throughout scripture and church history, spiritual revival - or renewal - was founded on corporate, intensive, kingdom-centered prayer. True renewal is not something we can manufacture - only in preparing the altar of our lives and asking the Holy Spirit to come accomplish his will in and through us can we see change in our lives, church, and community.
Christians are used to thinking about prayer as a means to get their personal needs met. More mature Christians understand prayer as a means to praise and adore God, to know him, to come into his presence and be changed by him. But the corporate aspect of prayer is not well known. How do we pray, repent, and petition God as a people?
Veritas desires to grow in corporate prayer this year, so we are re-starting our practice of meeting for “Frontline Prayer.” Unlike needs-based maintenance prayer, frontline prayer seeks grace to humble ourselves, for compassion and zeal for the Church and its health and expansion, and for the yearning to know God and see his glory and his Kingdom come! While dates will change based on availability, our intent is to meet twice monthly, once in the morning and once in the evening. If you’re interested in partnering in this commitment by helping facilitate or host, please contact Bashar and Brittany Antoon
The Focus of Frontline Prayer
Throughout scripture and church history, spiritual revival - or renewal - was founded on corporate, intensive, kingdom-centered prayer. True renewal is not something we can manufacture - only in preparing the altar of our lives and asking the Holy Spirit to come accomplish his will in and through us can we see change in our lives, church, and community. While Christians daily experience the operations of the Spirit in the conviction of sin, assurance of salvation, and access to God's presence, there is a continual need to ask God to renew in us the "fullness of the Spirit" (Acts 4:31, Acts 10:44, Eph 5:18, Luke 1:67).
MARKS OF RENEWAL
Distinctive marks of spiritual renewal are the following:
- The filling of the Spirit so that God's presence among the congregation becomes evident and palpable. Christians who deeply realize the wonder of their debt of sin paid for by God feel his love more deeply, declare his gospel more boldly, and express his praise more freely. We long to be a church of fervent praise!
- The expansion of the Church through conversion. Renewed believers create welcoming and caring community wherein Jesus is ardently worshiped, which attracts outsiders. Christians experiencing God's love and power afresh in their lives reorder their priorities and become more bold and winsome witnesses. One of our prayers for 2019 is that our church as a whole would grow in evangelism, and prayer must be ever-present throughout that process.
- Community impact. True renewal is not simply a matter of internal peace and fulfillment in God; rather, it also transforms our outward behavior and sets us on a course to pursue the things of God's heart: justice and mercy for the oppressed and freedom for the captives in our communities. We all know that our community in Dayton is in great need of the good news of the gospel, and we pray that God would do his work in and through us to make him known!
A SACRIFICE OF WORSHIP
As we practice this means of prayer, let Psalm 72:17-19 and Romans 15:8-12 remind us that God’s intended end is his glorification and global worship. Revelation 7:9-15 gives us a picture of God's global family worshiping him with white hot passion. This vision stokes the passion of our hearts and fuels our prayers here and now. Therefore, let us prayerfully prepare our lives as altars and place on them the sacrifices of our hearts (Ps 51:16-19) in order that God may consume them to the glory of his name! (Rom 12:1)