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Believing God is calling our church to prayer for the new pastor He has for us, the Pastor Search Committee is asking each church member to set aside one day for prayer and fasting.

This is a prayer guide for that day.

 

A Day of Prayer & Fasting

Monday 10/28-Sunday 11/3

You may choose a day (or more) this week.

PREPARING OUR HEARTS FOR PRAYER

 

READ PSALM 139:23-24

Pray and allow God to “Search your heart” to see if the Scripture reveals anything to you personally.

 

READ PROVERBS 14: 8A AND PROVERBS 14:15B-16A

Lord, as I pray let me have the wisdom to discern why I think and do the things I do.

 

READ MATTHEW 5:2-16

Allow the Holy Spirit to examine your life by Jesus’ teachings from the “Sermon on the Mount”.

  • Am I worthy of Your blessing in these areas? God, help me to use these verses to set my heart right for this day of prayer and fasting.

  • Am I salt and light? Lord, in all humility show me those times when my life might have been used as Your instrument of healing, preserving or flavoring the life of someone You allowed to cross my path.

  • Lord, is my life so well lived that I am like a “city set on a hill” that is visible to someone who is wandering in the darkness?

 

READ HAGGAI 1:1-11

Look again at verses 2-4 & 7-9.

  • Lord, am I making my life busy with a lot of perceived needs and personal desires and taking away from the task of building God’s house?

  • Is external pressure and internal selfishness hindering me from putting God first?

  • “Delayed obedience is an act of disobedience.”
    Lord, let me meditate on that thought for a few minutes as I allow You to “Search my heart”.

  • Do I have the concern I should have for Tabernacle Baptist Church as my family of faith? That is; am I truly about the task of building God’s house and putting Him first?
    Lord, my prayer is that the pastor You have chosen to lead this body of Christ will find a people who are living in complete obedience to You.

 

READ EPHESIANS 4:1-7

Look at verse 1.

  • Do You see my life “worthy of the calling”? Have I lived a life that Rev. Marcus Merritt has asked us to consider when he asked, “Is your life worth Christ’s death on the cross?”

Look at verses 2-3.

  • Does my life exemplify humility?

  • Does my life exemplify gentleness?

  • Does my life exemplify patience?

  • Am I bearing others up in a bond of love?

  • Am I eager to “maintain the unity of the Spirit” with my brothers

  • and sisters in Christ here at Tabernacle?

Look at verses 4-7.

Lord, if I am not serving, open my mind and eyes to the spiritual gift(s) You have given me so that I may pursue the calling You have for me.

If I do not know or understand the spiritual gift You have given me, let this be the day I purpose in my heart to seek out the person who can help me understand what that would be and how I might be of service to You.

 

READ HEBREWS 10:19-25.

“Therefore,...since we have confidence to enter the Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain, that is, through His flesh, and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together ...but encouraging one another.”

As you begin to pray, Acknowledge the “Father who is in heaven” we are about to come before with our prayers. Spend a moment praising Him for Who He is and what He has done.

  • Jesus is our Lord and is at God’s right hand as our mediator. “For Christ has entered, not in to holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now appearing in the presence of God on our behalf.” (Hebrews 9:23- 24)

  • Hebrews 10:19-25 gives us opportunity to examine our true relationship with the Lord. If the Holy Spirit stirs our hearts about sin or uncertainty about our salvation, this is the perfect time for clearing our conscience and confessing Him as Lord and Savior. (May I suggest you be in the presence of some true believers who would be willing to pray with you about those decisions).

  • God is not our servant who we can bid come to us. We are His servants. We go to Him. It is His will we are seeking. If we have a true love for Him it should be our heart’s desire to enter His presence recognizing He is our Lord and Master. He is able to grant us the answers to our prayers and give us wise guidance. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach...But let him ask in faith, with no doubting...” (James 1:5-6A)

  • Jesus Himself gave us the example of how we are to pray. Paul tells us in Hebrews 5:7, “In the days of His flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.”

 

 

 

HEARING GOD IN QUIET TIME

Has the Lord ever stopped you dead in your tracks during your daily Bible reading or sermon preparation with a passage of scripture that made you get down on your knees and pray?

"In answer to your question ... Only this morning!!! I am studying James with my Wednesday night group. I have been pondering James 1:6, asking myself "Am I double-minded?" if I KNOW that God CAN heal my Dad from prostate cancer but I DOUBT He WILL?I had recently told my Mom that I was just "being realistic" and she said "we don't have to be realistic, we serve a mighty God". I hit the floor this morning to ask forgiveness for my doubt and beg Him for healing and more time with my Dad. At that exact moment, Abby was being nudged to send me a text of encouragement that she had been praying specifically for me to "have more time" with my Dad. I never told her this and wondered how she even knew. But when I got her text, I was back on the floor in awe of just how much He loves me." - L.S.

"Last spring I left home for a busy day of travel and ministry, but somehow left my cell phone on the night stand. Once I realized that I did not have my phone and did not have time to retrieve it, I almost panicked. As I drove along in my car it dawned on me that my error would actually lend itself to an uninterrupted day with the Lord. So, I turned off my radio and prayed and meditated on the Lord during my four-hour drive. I had not experienced such a day of joy and worship like that in a long time. It made me realize that often I try to cram Jesus into a short morning devotional time after which I am too busy for further prayer and fellowship. Now, I regularly turn off all the distractions around me in order to spend more time Fellowshipping with Christ. How is your devotional time with the Lord? I do not ask to make you feel guilty, but to encourage you to take time for prayer and fellowship with our Precious Savior. You will be glad you made time for Him!" -Dr. Merritt

 

PRAY FOR THE SEARCH COMMITTEE

Believing God's Word to be our guide, we are claiming the words of Titus 1:5-9 where Paul instructs Timothy to seek out men as pastors for the churches in Crete. The qualifications are as follows: "...above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery (extreme indulgences for pleasure) or insubordination. For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it (sound doctrine)."

Pray following the charge to the Pastor Search Committee by Rev. Randy Mullinax; that we will:

  • acknowledge God will provide us the right man.

  • be God-consecrated in our discussions, prayers and desires for God’s best for our church.

  • be God-corrected and God-led every step of the way.

  • be persistent is seeking what God desires and will be faithful to His leading for our committee.

  • not seek our own will, but the revealing of God’s will.

  •  remain totally committed to the mission.

  • be praying for the new leader even before God directs us to him.

  • be united in a bond of love and prayer for one another.

  • understand our new pastor will make changes and commit to follow God’s man and support him.

 

 

 

PRAY FOR OUR CHURCH AND CHURCH STAFF

  • Pray Tabernacle Baptist Church is a church where prayer is desired and prayer times in our church would draw others to join in the prayer.

  • Pray for Dr. Marcus Merritt, our Interim Pastor.

  • Pray for our church staff. Perhaps a good guideline here would be the words of a visiting preacher, Rev. Steve Parr. “While the leader may change, God’s purpose for them does not change...support them in every way possible.”

 

 

 

PRAY FOR YOURSELF AND EACH MEMBER

Refocus on the mission and the ministries of our church. Again, quoting Rev. Steve Parr’s sermon: "Don't step down – buckle up." (Keep on doing what you are doing.)

If you are not serving in any way, ask God to light your path to where He wants you serving. Get actively involved in the church. We will not allow the calendar to drive us, but ask the Spirit to lead.

Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

 

 

 

PRAY FOR THE MAN GOD CALLS TO BE OUR PASTOR

As God has already told us through the preaching of Rev. Randy Mullinax: The characteristics of the pastor who God has chosen are that he must be a prophet, a preacher and a king. The prophet represents a man who is a good teacher. The preacher represents a man who is a clear proclaimer of God’s Word. The king represents a man who is both an intercessor and a leader.

 

Following I Samuel 16:1-13 pray for a man who is:

  • Anointed by God (“not my will, but Thy will”).

  • Skillful (Has a gifted ability for preaching and proclaiming

  • God’s Word and makes much of Jesus). “Sir, I would see Jesus!”

  • A man of valor – a leader. He has influence and integrity.

  • He always has God’s Word in mind.

  • A warrior – brave. He knows what battles to pick and what

  • battles to avoid. He has a God-given strategy to fight the battles.

  • A recognizable person.

  • A relational person.

  • A genuine person – God-led, God’s presence is with him.  To quote Rev. Randy Mullinax, “God doesn’t send churches to pastors. He sends pastors to churches. This man will have developed a love for our church family before he ever comes.”

 

 

 

PERSONAL PRAYERS (JOHN 14:1-6)

These are key notes from a sermon delivered to us on March 3, 2019 by Rev. Randy Mullinax.

  • I will trust our future to Jesus.

  • I will respect God’s calling.

  • I will pray for His leading.

  • I will follow His Biblical leadership.

  • I will participate in His ministries here at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

 

This time of prayer is not the end of your prayers.

I Thessalonians 5:17-18 “pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”