Pray for Kentucky

https://i1.wp.com/www.dustyfile.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/010716_0104_DecisionAme1.jpgThe Decision America 2016 project has provided a 30-day prayer guide for Kentucky. starting April 5th and ending on May 4th, the day of the rally here in Frankfort.  You can download the full PDF from their website.  They also provide some sobering demographics about Kentucky at the bottom of this web page.  For example, the drug-induced death rate in Kentucky is twice the national average.

Here is the guide for the first few days.

30-­‐Day  Prayer  Calendar␣Kentucky

  • April 5: Call on the Name of the Lord and pray for forgiveness. Ask the Lord to revive our hearts and souls. Jeremiah 29:12␣14
  • April 6: Pray for the Lord to help us, our families, and our churches live out biblical principles in every area of life. Psalm 121
  • April 7: Pray for the church in Kentucky to be steadfast, strong, and abounding in the work of the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58
  • April 8: Pray for the Holy Spirit to give wisdom on how to pray for the specific needs of the people in Kentucky. Romans 8:26
  • April 9: Pray for the church to have a renewed revelation of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Ephesians 2:4
  • April 10: Pray for unity among all the churches in Kentucky. Romans 15:5␣7

Is it Selfish to Seek Salvation?

Oswald Chambers: A charge that has been made against some methods of evangelism is that self-interest is made the basis of the whole thing: salvation is looked upon as a kind of insurance scheme whereby I am delivered from punishment and put right for heaven.  But let a man truly experience deliverance from sin, and his rejoicing is not in his own interests, but that he is thereby enabled to be of use to God and his fellow men.

One of the great griefs of the Christian life is to look back and see how residual sin in our lives has been an impediment in the lives of others, particularly those closest to us who know us best. At some point the Holy Spirit shifts our motivation from seeking our own salvation to longing to be effective means of salvation in the lives of others. St Paul said that he would gladly forfeit his own salvation if it would mean the salvation of his Jewish brothers and sisters (Rom 9:3). Some might call this hyperbole, but I think he was quite sincere.