Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Good is Good but not Good Enough

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Good Enough?

Recently I heard a ministry colleague make a statement I am sure I'll never forget. I have already used it dozens of times in teaching and training.

He made the point that, while what we usually do a good job of praying or studying or whatever, it is not good enough! My immediate reaction was defensive but, after thinking about it, I realized how right he was. Most of what we do as believers and as congregations is good; it is just not good enough if our objective is to blanket the globe with the Gospel. If our aim is to see entire communities impacted by Christ, then my praying (and maybe yours), as good as it is (whatever that means) is just not good enough.

So, when it comes to praying for lost neighbors and hopeless neighborhoods, is your praying good but not good enough? It is good to pray for the youth of our churches but that is not good enough to impact their schools. Yes, pray for a Christan who has influence in business or government or media but that will not be good enough unless you pray also for the sphere of life he or she is sent to each working day.

I know you pray. And every congregation I visit has prayer times and prayer lists and prayer rooms and prayer guides. Good. But not good enough to see the Great Commission fulfilled in our nation or even your neighborhood.

We must refocus our prayers on Christ.

We must reorient our praying to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

We must review our petitions and intercession according to the will of the Father as revealed in scripture.

"Lord, teach us to pray prayers that are good enough that the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."(Hab 2:14)

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