Archive for November, 2018
“The Christmas Miracle” Series Begins Sunday
This Sunday, we will begin a new text-driven series from Matthew 1:18 – 2:12. We believe this series will enlarge your vision and ignite your faith to trust God for miracles in your own life. Each of us have needs in our lives … we need walls to come down, doors to open, or provisions to come our way. Regardless of our needs, I believe God will use this series greatly.
Blessing Baskets on November 17-18
Each year, our Blessing Baskets ministry provides a holiday meal for families in need. Our goal is to provide 2,400 meals this year. Even more than food, Blessing Baskets provides an opportunity for people to hear about Jesus and His love for them. Please join us in loving Northwest Arkansas by providing a meal for a family and serving at our distribution services. You can give and volunteer here.
A Message for the Thanksgiving Season
This past Sunday, we delivered a message from the Lord asking: Grateful or Ungrateful? From the dynamic passage of 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, we proclaimed the message we want to encourage you to hear and to share with others. Each of us need to be challenged by these words. Share the message “Grateful or Ungrateful?” here.
Two of the Most Powerful Words in the English Language: Thank you
Thank you, Cross Church, for the joy of serving as your pastor. I love you. See you Sunday. Miracles await.
Ronnie W. Floyd
Do you ever wonder why it is important for pastors to pray publicly?
The pastor should be one of the greatest prayer warriors in the church and in his city.
I believe that prayer by the pastor should be one of the highest moments in public worship services. This moment of public intercession can be absolutely powerful.
As the spiritual leader of the church, when you pray, you are standing the gap for the people of God.
8 Considerations When You Pray Publicly
The pastor needs to set up the context for this prayer moment. He can do this before or after asking the congregation to bow their heads, preparing to pray. Plan this moment with diligence.
The timing for you to pray in worship is very important. I prefer to set this time just before we receive the offering. For us, this usually occurs just before the final song before the message.
One other thing pastor, do not shorten this time. Your people need to hear you pray and they also need you to do so in a way that is genuine, not just checking the list of things we do in worship services. Not only is the timing important, but the amount of time allocated for the prayer is important.
When you pray, teach your people how to agree in prayer with you. As pastor, they need to be engaged with you while you are praying. They can agree with you verbally while you pray. As we turn the church house into a house of prayer for the nations, people need to become involved as you pray.
The ministry of prayer in worship needs to be a planned time. It should have purpose. The pastor can even list the topics of prayer to the people before the prayer begins. Understand what is happening in the culture and then you will know how to be relevant in your public prayer life.
The pastor should pray with a strong conviction. A conviction is not just something you have in your heart, it something that has you. This will illustrate to the people that you pray because you believe in it, and it really matters. Pray with conviction.
Pastor, when you pray, pray passionately. The people will then also become passionate in their prayers when they see modeled before them a pastor who prays with passion.
Never should we be afraid to have our emotions involved while we are praying, from enthusiasm to expectation, to weeping, and perhaps even shouting. Regardless, be authentic, but make sure you are passionate.
7. National and Global
Pastors should pray for national and global needs publicly. Pastors and churches need to pray for our national leaders, and about situations existing in the nation and across the globe. If we really believe in prayer, we need to act like it relating to national and global needs.
Oftentimes when I pray before our people, I kneel. I do so in reverence to God. He is Lord, not me. He is the Sovereign One, not me.
Then there are times when I pray publicly, I walk around on stage. At other times, I stand still when I pray in public worship settings. Whatever the public posture, the posture of your heart should always be humility before God.
The Church Needs to Hear You Pray
Pastor, I just want to be one of the people out here that appeals to you always pray before your people in public worship. You are the God-called and God-anointed pastor of the church, so do not try to delegate prayer away from your leadership.
Now is the Time to Lead,
Ronnie W. Floyd