The Countdown – Prayer

Sometimes . . . for me . . . praying is hard!

Do not be anxious about anything,but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  – Philippians 4:6

“God can refuse nothing to a praying church.” – John Chrysostom (Church Father and Archbishop of Constantinople)

“ We cannot suppose that God will do for us without prayer what he has promised to do for us only through prayer.” – Harold Lindsell  (Author and Editor)

“I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.”  – Martin Luther

“Prayer can never be in excess.”  – C. H. Spurgeon


If I am honest, I often struggle with the value of prayer.  I would always agree that prayer is essential but I often overlook it as I fill my schedule with the business of “doing God’s work.”  Prayer gets relegated to the back-burner as “more important things” take up my time and focus.  I lose sight of the truth.

During this season of Lent and season of final preparation towards the launch of Redemption Church I cannot help but to be challenged to reassess my practical priorities.  It isn’t enough for me to say that prayer is essential.  I must live it out.  I want to challenge you to do the same.  As Easter and our launch quickly approach I ask that we continually return to God in prayer.

As Paul tells us in Philippians 4, let us thankfully and consistently take our prayers before God.  As we work as a team together towards launch I want to encourage you to soak this process in prayer.

Will you join me in focused daily prayer for our launch, for our launch team, and for our city?

“I am persuaded that God does everything by prayer and nothing without it.” – John Wesley


  1. Robin Nelson says

    Yes, Pastor, with God’s help, I will commit to more prayer for our church.

  2. Laurie says

    God constantly shows His faithfulness and unfailing love. There is NO DOUBT He will be faithful to complete this good work He began in Redemption Church.

    Thank You, Lord, for what you are about to do through this team on Launch Day, Your day, Easter Sunday. Thank You in advance for bringing Your people, the people of Charlottesville, to Redemption Church to hear the Good News. And thank you for letting us in on this very cool part of Your perfect plan. We praise You! In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

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