Gospel Urgency
by Jan LaJoie

First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone, for kings and all those who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

If we are to engage our East Texas communities for Christ, we must make prayer a daily and intentional act. The Bible says we must pray for all men, including those in authority over us. 1 Timothy encourages us to pray for kings, though the kings at this time were heathens, enemies to Christianity and persecutors of Christians. We must pray for our leaders today because it is for the public good that there should be civil government. We should give thanks for our community leaders and pray that they live a peaceful life in all godliness and honesty. We should pray that God will turn their hearts toward Him.

Just imagine if all our city leaders and officials in East Texas were to turn their hearts toward God. What a difference this would make in our communities. We cannot wait to pray for them, write to them or engage them in conversation. We must be bold to create a relationship and share the Gospel with each one. Please ask God to guide you to a city leader you can pray for and talk to. Take time in your Connect Group to discuss ways to engage our city leaders as we consistently pray for them daily.

Prayer: Lord, just when I think I’ve got it all together, remind me that You are God alone. Your Word is right and true. Let me worship You only, not my 24-hour day, my agenda or my goals.

“Prayer will become effective when we stop using it as a substitute for obedience.” – A.W. Tozer

Engage10K Prayer: Ask God to show our Connect Groups creative ways to reach out to the people in our communities to engage with them for the cause of Christ.