I love to study the prayer life of Jesus, His passion, purpose and periods of time spent in prayer constantly amaze me.
Here is one of my favorites; “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:20-21 (New King James Version). In these two short verses, priorities are expressed that are of great magnitude in the heart of our King. Jesus longs for unity in His church because He knows it will have great impact in advancing His cause to reach the hurting.
There are no demographics in the Kingdom of Heaven. The complexion of the Kingdom is kaleidoscopic and He has given His Church authority to take dominion rather than create denominations. This brings me to a very important event in our region, Sunday, May 23, 2010, the Day of Pentecost.
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.” Acts 2:1-2 NKJV.
A group of 120 praying together for 10 days in one place, with one heart and praying for one thing caused heaven to respond with a wind and a sound that caused people from every nation under heaven in that region to take notice. There was an uproar in the city as the new church, the advancement of God’s Kingdom and the cause of Christ continued to increase in a new way. A small group dedicated to prayer and unity, crying out with one voice was a catalyst used by the Holy Spirit causing multitudes to believe Jesus Christ was sent!
I want to invite you to such a prayer meeting as churches in Manasota County from every Christian denomination and background come together to join the largest prayer gathering in the world. The Global Day of Prayer will be held Sunday, May 23, at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Convention Center at 8005 15th St. E. in southern Manatee County. Last year, 199 nations were represented including tens of thousands of venues and 204 U.S. towns and cities. International broadcasts were accessible in more than 200 nations, and hundreds of millions involved gathered together Pentecost Sunday. In 2010, we will gather again in His name for prayer. Visit www.gdopmanasota.org for more information.
That’s the Kingdom Perspective!
Pastor Don Sturiano, is the founding pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church. They meet every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at The Renaissance on 9th, 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Call (941) 776-0026.