John Wesley was once quoted as saying, “God does nothing except in response to believing prayer.” Although probably a bit of an overstatement, Wesley highlights the centrality of prayer in the life of a Christian. The team at Mercy Hill is learning anew this lesson as we prepare to head to Greensboro. In just a few short months we have seen God move in incredible ways. And yet each week we are still filled with an urgency to pray as new needs arise and obstacles seem to loom in the way. Therefore, we wanted to share with you some of the things that we are praying for currently and ask that you partner with us as we ask God to work on our behalf.
- Pray for restoration.
In Ephesians Paul exclaims, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen” (3:20-21). As a team we are praying for restoration in the city of Greensboro. First and foremost this includes restoring the hearts of people who do not know Jesus. But this also includes restoring the community through things like feeding hungry mouths, providing jobs to enhance the local economy, providing hope for broken marriages, and even seeing other local churches restored because of Mercy Hill’s presence.
- Pray for diversity.
With Greensboro being such a racially diverse culture, we seek to mirror that diversity in our church. The gospel clearly reminds us that, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). Unfortunately, there is a tension that exists in Greensboro due to racially charged events in the past. As a church, we desire to take the gospel to the heart of this issue and break racial tension as a representation of the kingdom of God.
- Pray for the college campuses.
Greensboro and the surrounding Triad have a huge college population (over 70,000 students). We are praying that God will use Mercy Hill Church to reach into the far corners of these campuses. In so doing we are holding fast to God’s promise in Isaiah where He says, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear” (59:1). We know that college is an extremely formative time in a person’s life and we also know that many students across the Triad are far from God. But we pray that God would use us to share His love and infinite mercy with countless students and see hundreds move from death to life.
- Pray for provision.
As Moses reiterated the history of Israel after the exodus in the book of Deuteronomy, he reminds the people of an important truth. “These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing” (2:7). God was making it plain that never once did Israel have a need that God did not meet. Well, in the past several weeks the needs amongst the Mercy Hill team have grown. There are houses to be sold, jobs to be found, money to be raised, and major transitions to be made. We are praying that God would give us faith in His timing and in His promised provision. Furthermore, through this whole process we pray that each team member would be joyful and willing to sacrifice where needed for the spread of the gospel and the glory of God.
- Pray for the battle.
Often we overlook the spiritual warfare that exists all around us. But Paul charges us to “be on alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints” (Eph. 6:18). Here, in light of the prince of the power of the air, we are to pray at all times. Although it can be difficult to see it, we know that Satan would like nothing more than to divert, distract, and even destroy our efforts to see the gospel spread further in Greensboro. We pray that God would remind us daily of our need to equip ourselves with His armor to fight the battle that lies ahead.
As a church we covet your prayers and ask humbly that you would take some time in the next few days and months to intercede on our behalf. We know that in His mysterious providence God works through the prayers of His people and so we simply ask you to pray.