Our Prayer Requests
Two passages that greatly define how we pray for ourselves and how we desire others to be praying for us are Ephesians 6:10-18 and 1 Timothy 4:12-16. As Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9, we don't want, after having preached the gospel to others, to end up being disqualified for the prize of hearing "Well done, good and faithful servant."
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
1 Timothy 4:12-16
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.
If there is any good that will be accomplished by what we do, it will be done by the Lord. As we proclaim the glory of God and of His gospel, we are wrestling against 'the world, the flesh, and the devil.' So we ask you to pray for us.
1. Pray that we will be strengthened by the Lord and that we will be able to stand against the devil's schemes.
2. Pray that words be given to Miles, that he would proclaim the mystery of the gospel with boldness and with clarity.
3. Pray, as Paul told Timothy, that we will set an example, "in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."
4. Pray that we will immerse ourselves both in the practice of our musical ability, and in the study of the Word, to the point that "all my see our progress."
5. Pray that we will keep a close watch on ourselves and on the teaching that happens in every event.