Wednesday, April 17th
Reformation is the action or process of reforming an institution or practice. In essence, something changes when it goes through a reformation. We don't want to simply believe the right things; we want to do the right things. We don't want to simply pray for social issues, we want to be a people who are active in social issues. In other words, we want the inward seeking of God during our fast to lead to outward action and change in the places and space we find ourselves. To that end, here is today's outline:
Begin by engaging God for personal reformation in your life. Read James 2. Recognize that injustice, oppression and exploitation begin with favoritism in our hearts. Most notable is our most favorite person, us! Begin to pray though these verses asking God to change you to the point of action. Our sermon series on Make Room is laced throughout these verses. Pray through these verses asking God to change you to the point of solidarity even with people you may have disagreements with but God still calls us to love!
Begin by engaging God for reformation on behalf of others. Read Isaiah 1:17, Jeremiah 29:7 and James 1:27. Begin to pray for us as a local body. Begin to pray for our efforts at Ruediger Elementary where we as a church focus our outreach. Pray that we would seek the peace and do right by the city and that the city would reap the benefits!
Being by engaging God for the reformation of our culture. Read Isaiah 58 and Prov.31:8-9. Recognize the areas you may have neglected and seek Gods help and courage to change that. Recognize those in power and leadership in our city, state and nation. Pray through these scriptures for us and for our leaders. Again, use this time to think through social issues and ask for the courage and direction on where to get involved. Scary stuff huh? What an amazing journey though!