Breakthrough Prayer

Lord, use me for your breakthrough Kingdom purposes, in our church, in our community, and in our world. Amen

 It’s been a couple weeks since I’ve written a Friday Pastor’s Reflection.  So, I’ll give it a try this week and see if I can still remember how!   

 We have a new Breakthrough Prayer for our church family to be praying together.  I’ve already heard several people say they really like this prayer.  It’s short, it’s simple, and it has a laser like focus on what is important…God using each of us for God’s Kingdom Purposes wherever we are needed. I hope you will be using this prayer daily.    

 I’ve had people ask me why we keep repeating the breakthrough prayer?  Why do we come up with a new one every so often?  Or another way I’ve had it put to me is… “What’s with this breakthrough prayer thing…?”

 As a refresher for us all, our church family was introduced to the Breakthrough Prayer Initiative as a part of the MCCI training process.  The leader of this process, Rev. Sue Nilson Kibbey, believes (and just so you know, I totally agree with her) that everything in the church needs to begin and be surrounded in prayer.  So, as we seek to be a witness for God’s Kingdom, as we strive to be servants of God in this community, as we yearn to do ministry that touches lives with the Love of Jesus, it all needs to begin with prayer!!

 This really goes hand in hand with my message from Sunday about the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Remember what I said about the phrase from Acts 1:8, “You will receive power…”  Part of the meaning behind that phrase is “to take a hold of.” Remember the demonstration I did in worship – handing a bottle of pop to someone.  But really, I didn’t just hand it to them, I made each person lean forward and reach for the bottle.  In other words, they had to “take ahold of” the bottle.  They had to be involved in the process of receiving it.  So, it is with the power of the Holy Spirit.  It’s there waiting for us; we just need to take a hold of it. 

 This is exactly where I believe prayer comes in.  Prayer isn’t just about us giving God a “to do” or “I want” list.  Prayer is about being open to the voice and Spirit of God guiding and empowering us to do the work, the Kingdom Work, that God wants done here on earth. 

 We are continuing with our MCCI process.  The work is not done.  Actually, it is just beginning.  This is why our continued praying of the breakthrough prayer is so important.  Please join me in praying this prayer every day…and then be open to God’s Holy Spirit using each of us for God’s Breakthrough Kingdom Purposes…wherever it may lead!

 Serving Together,

Pastor Keith

 Lord, use me for your breakthrough Kingdom purposes, in our church, in our community, and in our world. Amen.