The Bible says there is awesome power when we pray because God hears our prayers and answers them. But too often we pray doubting anything will be different because we prayed. Our doubts keep us from praying as often as we should about the important things that are going on every day in our lives. Churches are often guilty of the same thing. We make plans and launch ministry initiatives without coming together as a congregation and praying as we should.
This Sunday we'll continue our study of "ACTS: The Church Alive!" as we study Acts 12. James, the brother of John, one of the key leaders of the church has been killed by King Herod. Now Peter is arrested. The believers in Jerusalem come together to pray for Peter, but they pray hoping God might help him, but not really believing that God will work a miracle to save him. Well, God works a miracle and releases Peter, leading to a hilarious scene at the prayer meeting when Peter shows up.
God acts and does amazing things when his people pray. Jesus said that if we pray and believe we can command the mountain to move, and it will. I've never prayed for a mountain to move. I believe God put the mountains where he wants them to be. But the point Jesus is making is that if we pray, believing God has the power to do what we ask, amazing things will happen.
I want to call the people of First Baptist Riverside to pray mountain-moving prayers. Our congregation has a 20/20 vision that is at it's very core about making First Baptist Riverside a biblically functioning church. We want our church to grow because Jesus says the Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed, it's supposed to grow. We want to be a healthy church with healthy, growing believers and healthy relationships. We want to be missional and serve God in our community. We want to be an enduring church. First Baptist Riverside has been around as long as the City of Riverside has been in existence. We want our church to be a witness for Jesus until he comes back. I strongly believe that if the vision God has given us is to become a reality by the end of the year 2020, it will because we are praying, and believing that God will do for us what we ask.
As Christians we have the ability to pray mountain-moving prayers for our own lives and needs and for our church. This Sunday, let's gather as the church and learn from God's word how to pray mountain moving prayers.