Prayer Burdens & Weekly Pursuit – Week 1 of April

Prayer Burdens:

 

Laos
1. Pray for the translation and proofreading of the printed ministry into Lao that the saints serving in translation can be filled with the spirit of wisdom and revelation and the word of God can be correctly rendered.
2. Pray for the saints to bear the burden of shepherding that the new ones can be properly shepherded and grow up and be brought into the church life.

 

Vietnam
1. Pray for the sisters’ training in Hanoi on 4/20.
2. Pray for the Bibles to be delivered into Vietnam safely.

 

Pakistan
Pray for the gospel preaching in Rawalpindi that the Lord may release a new area for the expanding of His testimony.

 

India
Pray for the upcoming blending conference for the churches in Kerala from 4/19-21, that the Lord can blend the churches together through His up-to-date speaking.

 

Weekly Pursuit:

 

Verses:

Rom. 12:5 “So we who are many are one Body in Christ, and individually members one of another.”

 

Excerpts:

The consummation of the work of the cross is the church. The work of the cross goes as far as the Body of Christ and consummates with the Body of Christ. Hence, the knowledge of the cross brings us to the knowledge of the Body of Christ. The cross brings a man to a state of weakness and inability, one in which he totally loses hope in the old creation. When he is brought to this point, he is delivered in a real way from the old creation and brought into the new creation. Everything in the old creation has been condemned and terminated by the cross. The Body of Christ is the new creation; it has nothing to do with the old creation. The church has no use for anything that comes from the old man. The church only takes that which issues from Christ.

 

In order to understand how the church becomes the Body of Christ, we have to understand Romans 5 through 8. Chapter 5 tells us that all men are joined to Adam and that man derives his life from Adam. Through Adam’s fall, all men have become sinners and have been joined to the old man. Chapter 6 tells us that the old man has to be dealt with; it has to be crucified with Christ. Through Christ’s redemption, we have died and resurrected. Chapter 7 says that a man should no longer live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. Chapter 8 goes on to explain how we live according to the Spirit. In order to know the Body of Christ, we have to deal with our natural life.(CWWN, vol. 44, pp. 790-793)