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A Call to Prayer
Dear Prayer Partners,Thank you for your willingness to labor at this most important task. The headline said, “Nearly 1 in 4People Worldwide is Muslim”.A sub-title asked the question, “Where Have All the Christians Gone?” (
Bruce Feiler - FOX-News.com - September
25, 2009)This article reported:“A shocking new study of Americans’ religious beliefs shows the beginnings of a major realign-ment in Americans’ relationship with God. The American Religious Identification Survey(ARIS) reveals that Protestants now represent half of all Americans, down almost 20 percent inthe last twenty years. In the coming months, America will become a minority Protestant nationfor the first time since the pilgrims.”It is not news to most of us that the influence of Christ and the church in American is declining. Howwe respond to that realization says a lot about who we understand ourselves to be. If we see ourselves asvictims of our circumstances, then we will be constantly looking for someone to blame and some reasonto complain.But if we see ourselves as servants of the King, we will respond differently. John describes who we arethis way in Revelation 1:4-6.“Grace and peace to you from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from theseven spirits before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstbornfrom the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.“To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood, and has made us to be akingdom and priests to serve His God and Father — to Him be glory and power forever andever! Amen.” NIVFriends, we are a kingdom and priests who serves the One who is the “Ruler of the kings of the earth.”Our place is not one of cowardly complacence, but of active service.However, our active service will never win the battle if we depend on our efforts alone. RememberLuke 5 and Peter fishing all night and catching nothing. That is the result of our best efforts without thedirection and blessing of the Lord. But when Jesus appears, when Jesus instructs and empowers, ANDwe obey, the boats cannot contain the catch.Friends, the need is great. The condition is desperate. We can join the long line of complainers whowant to tell you from the sidelines why things are not as they should be. Or we can enter the fray, givingour all for the things that really matter.This Prayer Guide is a tool designed to give some small help to those who are willing to pray. The in-tent is not to be a coffee table directory of the churches of HOK. The intent is that this would be aweapon that would be used in the spiritual battle for the glory of our King across this association of churches called Heart of Kansas Southern Baptist Association.This Prayer Guide goes out with the desire that it will be used of God to guide us all into more ferventand diligent prayer for the work of the Kingdom and the King.