The C3 May theme is “The Foundation of Prayer” in celebration of The National Day of Prayer, which is the first Thursday in May each year. We are blessed to live in a nation that recognizes prayer and encourages citizens to exercise their freedom to pray God’s blessings over our nation. We are reminded in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This is a formula for success as we seek God’s will for our nation, community, organizations, and family.
The Front-Line Prayer Warrior
I remember when I started on this journey with C3, God placed on my heart that the humanly impossible task of uniting the Christian community needed the front-line prayer warriors, or intercessors to prepare the way. Through this journey I have developed a deep appreciation for the intercessors and those called to pray for our community, businesses, alliances, and churches.
When we formed our city teams, we identified those that were called to join C3 as a front-line prayer warrior and pray for our members, clarity, and wisdom as we pursue God’s will and purpose for C3. I have also applied this to other organizations I work with to ensure we have a focus on prayer and front-line warriors that agree to pray and hear from God.
Jesus is Our Example
When we examine the life of Jesus, we see our perfect example of a front-line prayer warrior. Mark 1:35 reflects how Jesus integrated prayer, or communion with His Heavenly Father into His daily life, “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” This is how he was able to say in John 12:49, “For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken.” He was able to state this because He spent time with His Father in prayer and was able to discern the will of His Father.
Our daily prayer life can become routine and ineffective if we allow our prayer life to become a monologue versus a dialogue. James 5:16 states the wisdom and power of integrating this practice into our lives, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” This is the powerful and effective example of prayer that Jesus provided throughout the Gospels.
Praying in Expectation
When we experience the power and effectiveness of prayer, our faith and expectations are elevated to a higher level and intimacy with our Heavenly Father is increased. We are also told in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
The Bible also states the importance of belief as we pray in James 1:6, “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”
This month please join me as I renew my focus on prayer and communion with our Heavenly Father. We can celebrate the privilege of blamelessly approaching our Heavenly Father because of the finished work of Jesus and the power of communion through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Let us never take this privilege of prayer for granted and remember to pray for our nation, community, family, and those in our circle of influence.
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Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at email@example.com.