Archive for December, 2018
Dear Friends in Christ Who Will Pray for America,
Now is the time to pray for America. The year of 2019 before us yearns for God’s people from all over the world to pray for America. We are living in serious and critical times.
Call upon your church, friends, colleagues, and any leader in this nation: We need to pray for America.
Below are three prayer priorities I am asking you to agree upon with us at the National Day of Prayer. Please do all you can to forward and assist in this manner. Now is the time to pray for America.
Dr. Ronnie Floyd
President, National Day of Prayer
Prayer Priority #1: Oh God, may You begin to raise up a Love One Another movement across America that forwards and advances Jesus’ words to us: Love One Another.
“Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” John 13:34
- Jesus tells us to love one another just like He loves us. This includes every person in America as well as every person in the world.
- Jesus wants us to love every person sacrificially, willfully, and unconditionally because this is the same way He loves us.
- Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to empower us to do the things that only God can do through us. Therefore, call upon God to move in our nation miraculously, replacing hate with love, division with unity, and criticism of one another with love for one another.
- Jesus, raise up a Love One Another movement across America.
Prayer Priority #2: Our Heavenly Father, we pray we will be used of God to build up America by blessing and adding value to each town and city in our nation.
“A city is built up by the blessing of the upright, but it is torn down by the mouth of the wicked.” Proverbs 11:11
- Heavenly Father, we are Christians, the ones made right by You; therefore, as the upright, may we fulfill Proverbs 11:11 in every town and city in the United States. May we bless each town and city by adding value to it in any way we can.
- Heavenly Father, Proverbs 11:11 says the wicked tear down with their words the towns and cities of our nation; but as the upright, may we choose to add value and bless them.
- Heavenly Father, we ask You to raise up godly Christian men and women in their towns and cities who will run for local office and use their influence to add value by forwarding and blessing the future generations in these towns and cities.
- Heavenly Father, we ask You to bless each town and city with the message and encouragement of Jesus Christ when He said, “Love one another” in John 13:34.
Prayer Priority #3: Lord, we ask You to be with the leaders in our local, state, and national governments as they work and make decisions together for the good of our nation.
Call out their specific names to God if you have them:
- Federal: executive, legislative, judicial
- State: executive, legislative, judicial
- Local: executive, legislative, judicial, police, fire, first responders
Pray for these leaders and civil servants to Love One Another by valuing one another, respecting one another, and working together for the greater good of our nation.
A Needed Request for Prayer: Dr. Ronnie Floyd, President of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, along with their very limited staff team, and all of the volunteers as they prepare at an accelerated pace for the 2019 National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 2; and for the financial needs of this national office to facilitate the National Day of Prayer to be met by the Lord and His people generously.
It’s that special time right between Christmas and New Year’s Day, where we have soaked in the holiday festivities and are looking forward to the fresh start of the new year in just a few days. Do not forget to evaluate your year and ensure you have given the first tenth of everything to the Lord. I know we talk about this a lot at Cross Church, but it really isn’t about the church. It is about our individual obedience to God and honoring Him by giving back out of what He has given to us. Cross Church is able to reach Northwest Arkansas, America, and the World for Jesus Christ because of your obedience and gifts. We are blessed when we obey Him, and we can never out-give God. If you still have some catching up to do, your gifts remain tax deductible for this year as long as they are given by the end of the business day on December 31. Our business office will remain open until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31. Call Ben Mayes in our Finance Office at 479-751-4523 if you have any questions.
21 Days of Prayer
Join us for 21 Days of Prayer at Cross Church starting on January 1, 2019. For the past few years, this has been a tremendous journey for us as individuals and as a church. Spending 21 days of focused prayer for your own spiritual life, our church, and our nation can change everything. During this time, you may fast to whatever degree God leads you and is appropriate for you. Those who cannot fast from food may choose to fast from television, social media, or something similar. Even if you cannot fast, pray with us. We want everyone to participate. We have also provided a one-year Bible reading plan for you this year. Start now and join us in reading God’s Word in 2019. You can find more details on 21 Days of Prayer and the Bible reading plan at crosschurch.com/21days.
Start the Year Off Right… Join us Sunday
This Sunday, we return to our normal schedule on Springdale, Pinnacle Hills, and Neosho campuses. Fayetteville campus will remain on their holiday schedule of two services through January 6. Join us for worship services and small groups as we prepare to kick off the new year and 21 Days of Prayer together as a church. Find your campus service times here.
New Fayetteville Schedule Starting January 13
Beginning January 13, our Fayetteville campus will have a new Sunday morning schedule. Service times will be 8:30, 10:00, and 11:30 a.m. This is a slight adjustment, so be sure to note your regular service time.
See You Sunday,
Ronnie W. Floyd