Prayer Burdens & Weekly Pursuit – Week 2 of May

 

Prayer Burdens:

 

Pray for the saints who are infected with Covid-19, including a pregnant sister and a 1.5-year-old baby, that all can be preserved complete and fully healed and recover soon.

 

Turkey

Pray for the Turkish people, especially the spiritual book readers, that they can be enlightened by the Lord and have a spirit of wisdom and revelation, being saved from religion and darkness and entering into the fellowship of the Body.

 

Pakistan

Pray for the brothers to have wisdom from the Lord to lead the saints to go forward and meet the Lord’s need in the country.

 

Nepal

1. Pray for the government to implement effective control measures for the epidemic to be controlled as soon as possible.

2. Pray for the saints’ personal enjoyment of the Lord and their participation in the church life to be strengthened during the lockdown period.

 

Bangladesh

Pray for two more translators to be raised up to cooperate with the Lord to release His riches; also pray for the saints to redeem the time to enter into His riches and experience Him.

 

India

1. Pray for the rising up of the spirit and the burden of the gospel among the saints in the churches for the continual spreading of the gospel of the kingdom to the friends, relatives and neighbors of the saints so that many more can be brought into salvation.

2. Pray for those who are in high position in this country to have the wisdom to handle properly of the current outbreak.

 

Weekly Pursuit:

 

Verses:

1 Thes. 1:1 “…To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ…”

 

Excerpts:

For the church to be in God the Father implies that the church is in God’s purpose, plan, selection, and predestination. The church is in the Lord Jesus Christ. This implies that with respect to the church everything natural, everything negative, everything of the old creation, has been terminated. We in the Lord’s recovery claim to be practicing the church life. Whenever we make such a claim, however, we need to check to see whether we are still holding to our culture or disposition. Regarding this matter, sometimes we expect others to sympathize with us. But in the Lord Jesus Christ there are no weak vessels. Therefore, we should not expect anyone to sympathize with our natural disposition. For the church to be in the Lord Jesus Christ in a practical way, we all need to be terminated and buried.

 

The title Christ in 1 Thessalonians 1:1 denotes all the riches of resurrection. If the Lord were only Jesus and not Christ, we could not be in Him. But because He is the Lord Jesus Christ, we can be in Him and we are in Him right now. Where are we? We are in the Lord Jesus Christ. The name Jesus implies that everything we are in the old creation and in the fall has been terminated, and the title Christ implies that we are no longer in ourselves, in the old creation, in sin and death, in the world, and in Satan. Instead, we are in resurrection, in the Spirit, and in righteousness, holiness, power, strength, and might. Because we are in Christ, we are even on the throne with Him. (Life-study of 1 Thessalonians, msgs. 8-9)

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