By Patty Slack
Would it surprise you to hear that between a quarter and a third of our regular Kairos staff meetings are spent in prayer? Or that in an hour-long meeting of church leadership, we might spend 30, 45, or even all of that hour praying? We regularly note evidence that our time spent in prayer is having an effect in the battle happening in realms we cannot see.
So, when we say we covet your prayers for church planters, we are not just paying lip service. We are inviting you to join us in battle. Church planters are on the front lines of the spiritual war. They know the enemy is real and they face him boldly, but they do not face him alone.
Here are 10 prayer prompts. Choose one or all to help you focus your prayers.
1. Pray for . . . God to raise up new planters
2. Pray for . . . God to protect the planters who are facing attack
3. Pray for . . . a church planter by name (if you don't know any church planters, leave a comment and we'll send you a list)
4. Pray with . . . faith that He hears
5. Pray with . . . a church planter, a minister, a person who is struggling
6. Pray against . . . Satan's attacks, which can get very personal
7. Pray in . . . unity with other believers
8. Pray for . . . someone you know who does now know Jesus
9. Pray around . . . your neighborhood, your park, your schools
10. Pray until . . . your prayers are answered, and then pray some more!
To get regular prompts on who to pray for, join the Kairos Prayer Movement!
By Gena Granberg
About 10 years ago I added a weekly time of solitude with God to my schedule. At the time, Stan and I had just started a new church planting ministry and I was keenly aware of how this could not be done without God at the front and center as our guide. I was desperate for him.
I struggled for quite a while to get this regular solitude time to take hold. Eventually, I found for me, the essential piece was dedicating a place to be in solitude with him.
When we lived in Portland, OR it was the Columbia River gorge with its mighty cliffs, deep valley, mighty river, and majestic Mt. Hood above it all. Now in Jonesboro, AR my place looks quite different with its playgrounds, picnic pavilions, fishing pond, and walking path. Wherever my dedicated place for solitude, here are some things he teaches me when I’m alone with him.