Leavenworth Church of Christ (Leavenworth, Kansas) will host a Call for Fire Seminar August 25th through 27th. So, you ask, is Call for Fire Seminar more than a blog? Yes, indeed. First, however, it is not a careful study of military procedures, although I apply a term used by the military to request assistance in times of urgent need to prayer. It is a weekend of intense Bible study, prayer, and singing that will deepen relationships with God by increasing understanding and practice of personal and congregational prayer.
What do our prayers say about how our faith in God and how we perceive the Creator? As we study prayers by heroes of faith in the Bible during a Call for Fire Seminar, we consider how their words testify to their faith and reveal their doubts. The angry frustration of a Psalmist’s prayer may shock some of us, as may the passionate cry to God by a prophet who desperately wanted to stop preaching, but could not. We learn how to pray for others and how to pray for the glory of God. We study how an apostle told Christians what he prayed to God concerning them. We consider what the prayers in the book of Revelation tell us about the meaning of that book. We discuss what to pray when we hurt so badly we don’t want to talk to God. We seek to learn what the Bible teaches about the connection of prayer with becoming a Christian.
The Call for Fire Seminar is an event that any of your friends or family members can attend. Like the apostles, who said to Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray…”(Luke 11:1), many of us want to learn how to communicate our fears, our hopes, our praise, and our doubt to God. Others may simply wonder what prayer is, or why we pray when God already knows what we want. In the first session, we will learn what connection prayer has to the armor of God that protects and arms a Christian for spiritual conflict. If you are interested in attending, look at the Call for Fire Seminar Facebook page for information about the event. I encourage to like the Facebook page while you’re there. If you’re interested in attending, let me know. Plan now to devote that weekend, August 25-27, to growing stronger in your prayer life and in your relationship with God. You’re invited.
Lord, You calm the storms when we fear that our lives will careen off metaphorical cliffs to certain destruction. When the storms do not dissipate, you provide the courage and stamina we need to endure and to persevere. We may question your love, but you continue to pursue us through the call of your Son’s message. Your love enlarges our capacity for forgiveness, for we remember what we have been forgiven. We envision bold works of service on your behalf, then we waiver when we realize the burden we will have to bear, and the weight we will ask others to share. Grant wisdom to discern the course we should take. Sharpen our hearing so that we will hear both needed correction and the whispers of encouragement that will motivate us to continue. Turn our hearts, the hearts of those whom we encounter, and the hearts of national leaders to yourself. We fear the paralysis of apathy. Energize our faith that we may do with vigor and enthusiasm the works you have prepared for us to do. Help us to realize when we endanger ourselves by our choices and our priorities. May those we encounter praise you. In Jesus’ name, amen.