Prayer establishes and nurtures an intimate relationship with God as we seek His direction, as we pray for the salvation of those in our sphere of influence, and as we pray for other members of the local team.
“Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” – Ephesians 6:18
Prayer in the context of the CBMC International ministry is seen as an individual and team function. It is the foundational function of the CBMC International ministry process and the first step in becoming engaged with God’s work in our lives and God’s activity in the marketplace.
Whether we are praying as individuals or as a part of a team, we focus on prayer from three perspectives:
Prayer for our own personal intimacy with Christ
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalms 37:4
Our intimacy with Christ is established and nurtured as we spend time with God in prayer. As we learn to communicate with Him and learn to experience Him we will discover a depth of relationship that brings about personal transformation. We believe that effective ministry flows out of intimacy with Christ.
Prayer for the salvation of those in our sphere of influence
“Brothers, my hearts desire and prayer to God for the Israelites (fellow countrymen) is that they may be saved.” – Romans 10:1
CBMC International values consistent prayer for those in our sphere of influence who are not yet followers of Christ. Each person maintains a list of associates or friends who have yet to make a commitment to Christ called a “Ten Most Wanted List,” or a “V.I.P. List.”
We encourage daily individual prayer and weekly team prayer focused on God moving in the hearts of these people. We pray their eyes will be opened, that the Holy Spirit will bring conviction of guilt regarding their sin, and that they might hear, understand and respond to the Gospel. We pray for opportunities to be salt and light to these people, for opportunities to grow our relationship with them and for opportunities to share Christ with them.
Prayer for one another
“Therefore pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
– James 5:16
Prayer for other members of the team is a natural part of the process of developing a sense of community. Lifting up to our Heavenly Father the real life issues of our team members creates a bond of love and commitment that brings hope and healing and a willingness to serve.