Real prayer is sharing our hearts with God. Real prayer is listening to God and seeking His will about those things and those persons that we care the most about. Prayer is unlocking the holy power of God to work its will and might in this world. There are thousands of lost people right here in our own Anson County that need God’s power, help and salvation! There are hundreds who have been saved, but have fallen away from God and are not attending anyone’s church! There are many who are struggling with health, mental, financial and family issues because of the pandemic. The people of Anson County need prayer! Even the Christians!!
Paul had a deep burden for the salvation of his own Jewish people. He wrote in Romans 10:1, “Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved (see also 9:1-3). Paul prayed for the salvation of his Jewish countrymen.
Paul wrote to Timothy, “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men” (1 Tim. 2:1). God wants us to pray for others. It is God’s will that we pray for others, especially for their salvation (1 Tim. 2:4). With that in mind, I am inviting you to join with our other ABA churches in praying for Anson County during the month of April. We have produced a prayer guide as a resource to help our churches and their members as they pray. How can you take the opportunity to pray for our county and the lost during your regular services in April? Do you have someone in your church, or a Christian friend, that serves in an important leadership role in our county? Perhaps you could invite them to pray for our county during a worship service. Another way might be to have a special emphasis and prayer each Sunday in April, perhaps, praying for our first responders, praying for our schools, praying for our government leaders, praying for our churches, or praying for the lost. These are just ideas. Be creative and pray!
Another creative way to pray for our county is to do a prayer walk or a prayer ride through your neighborhood pausing to pray over the houses and people that the Lord shows you. We are inviting our ABA churches to join us in prayer walking their communities on April 17th. Walking is an outside event, and easier to do during the pandemic, but riding might be limited to families or close friends. Either way each church will need to divide up their community to send different groups to different parts of your community to pray for as many of our neighbors as possible. Many churches who have taken part in this type of prayer emphasis have discovered people that they didn’t know lived in their communities and many have also found a renewed heart and burden to reach the many houses and families that do not attend anyone’s church. We have also provided a resource to help you plan and prepare for your prayer walk or ride too. While you can read them on the next pages, you can download a copy from the Prayer Resources page.
While praying for our county in April is a great ministry all by itself, it is also great preparation for the missions, ministry, and evangelism projects that many of our churches will be engaged in during Love Anson Day on May 1st. You can find out more about Love Anson on our website too!
Your Partner in Prayer,
Rev. David Ross, AMS
Anson Baptist Association