Prayer Burdens & Weekly Pursuit – Week 1 of July

Prayer Burdens:

 

Nepal
1. To strengthen the saints to live a regular and normal church life with daily enjoyment of Christ in a limited environment that they may have a spiritual and overcoming life to build up the Body of Christ.
2. To preach the gospel during the outbreak; may the Lord raise up more saints to participate in gospel preaching through the Internet so that more key persons and key families can be gained.

 

Sri Lanka
1. For the Co-worker s’ Training in Kandy 7/7-7/10 that the responsible ones would enter into the speaking of the ministry and be able to reach the goal of raising up 7 churches this year.
2. For the National Blending Conference 8/1-8/3 that all the saints would enjoy the Lord’s timely speaking.

 

Turkey
For the Ethiopia group to stably enjoy the word of ministry and meeting with the serving ones; may the Lord open their eyes and touch them through the word that they can be kept in the right way.

 

Weekly Pursuit:

 

Verses:

Eph. 5:27 “That He might present the church to Himself glorious, not having spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that she would be holy and without blemish.”

 

Excerpts:

On the day of his wedding, a bridegroom cares much more for the beauty of his bride than for her ability. In like manner, in the church life our beauty will eventually be much more important to the Lord than our function. Do not pay that much attention to becoming capable, qualified, and gifted in function. At first, this may count for something in the church life. But eventually the Lord cares for the beauty of Himself expressed through our humanity. Christ does not intend to present a capable church to Himself. The church that will be presented to Him will be glorious and beautiful, a church without spot, wrinkle, or any such thing. If our blemishes and imperfections are to be removed, we need to take in more and more of Christ. He should not simply energize us for our function but also beautify us that we may be His bride.

 

In the church as the one new man there is strength and ability, but with the church as the bride there is beauty and glory. At the time of the wedding, what the church will need is beauty, not strength. The church is being beautified by partaking of Christ, by digesting Christ, and by assimilating Christ! The more we experience the indwelling Christ in this way, the more He will replace our spots and wrinkles with His element, and the more His riches with the divine attributes will become our beauty. Then we shall be prepared to be presented to Christ as His lovely bride. (Life-study of Ephesians, msg.97)