But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:6)
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Once, while on a tour of the London Metropolitan Tabernacle, the church of Charles Spurgeon, a man offered to show two visitors the "heating plant" for the church. Even though this was an odd offer on a hot July Sunday, they accepted. In a basement room, they saw seven hundred people praying, asking for God to bless the worship service to be held above in the sanctuary, using it to convert and grow sinners in Christ. The man then introduced himself as the pastor, Charles Spurgeon, and explained that any success from his preaching was because God was honoring the prayers of the church's "heating plant." We're looking to build a "heating plant" here at First Church. Would you pray about joining us for prayer on Sunday mornings, 8:55 to 9:20, in the Gathering Room? God will surely honor your prayers and the ministry of the gospel here at First will only thrive.