In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:16-20 ESV)
Dear Church Family,
The Apostle Paul tells us that prayer is an extremely important weapon in our spiritual warfare and the work of the church – which is missions. We cannot neglect the awesome responsibility and privilege to pray for the missions and missionaries of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and for the spread of the Gospel in the world. Regular prayer to these ends, both personal and corporate, helps us to maintain the eternal perspective that the evil one so desperately wants us to forget and ignore.
The members of Amoskeag Presbyterian Church are blessed to have many resources at our disposal so that we can pray intelligently and keep “alert” to the changing circumstances in the world as they pertain to the spreading of the Gospel.
One of these resources is the OPC ; the denomination sends Telenews for updates on foreign missions and a regular prayer letter for home missions. You can sign up for these through the OPC website.
At this time especially, we must stay up to date on the changing situation in Japan. The missionaries and church in Japan need our constant prayers for safety, provision, and, most importantly, opportunities to preach the Gospel to a very needy people.
Another resource that we have is our own missions committee. The committee desires to keep missions front and center in our minds to provide opportunities to pray for, meet, and minister to our missionaries. Pray for the committee as they work to this end in the coming year.
Finally, we must emphasize the importance and necessity of corporate prayer. We devote one evening service each month entirely for this purpose. Pray that attending this service would become a priority for all of us. May our prayers glorify Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Yours Sincerely in Christ,
Elder Graves (Jim)