OPBC Prays! Prayer is central to our identity as a church and as believers. Prayer is access to the throne of grace of the Living God. Oh, that we would be a people more willing to talk to God and hear from Him than a people who spout our own opinions. 2021 is a year of prayer for OPBC, as we see our nation in a spiritual battle and as we strive as a church to stand firm in the faith.
STARTING JANUARY 25… the 25th of EVERY MONTH… OPBC will have a Day of Prayer for our nation. We will focus on SIX specific prayers. (Adapted from AmericaPrays.org) SIGN UP AT THE END OF THE POST.
1. PRAY FOR UNBELIEVERS TO BE SAVED.
Pray that people’s hearts will be opened to repent of their sins and confess Jesus as Savior. Pray that every person in the world will be able to hear the Gospel in their native language. (Matthew 9:37-38; 24:14; Romans 10:1; 2 Peter 3:9; Acts 26:18)
2. PRAY FOR A NATIONAL SPIRITUAL AWAKENING.
Pray that Jesus will revive the Church and awaken our nation to the greatness and supremacy of Jesus. Pray that God will pour out His Spirit on America and forgive our sin and heal our land. Pray that millions of Americans will be convicted by the Holy Spirit, repent of their sins, and turn to God with all their hearts. (2 Chron. 7:14; Daniel 9:18-19; Psa. 85:6; Hab. 3:2; Acts 2:37-41)
3. PRAY FOR LIFE TO BE VALUED AND PROTECTED THROUGH ALL STAGES OF LIFE, BEGINNING AT CONCEPTION.
Pray for God to break the culture of death in America and restore a culture of life. Pray for legalized abortion to come to an end. (Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Proverbs 24:11; Deuteronomy 21:8-9)
4. PRAY FOR FAMILIES.
Pray that Jesus will heal, restore, and strengthen every marriage and family. Pray that husbands will love their wives like Christ loves the church and that wives will respect and submit to their husbands. Pray that the hearts of parents will be turned toward their children to love them and raise them in a God-honoring way. Pray that children will respect and obey their parents. (Genesis 2:24; Joshua 24:15; Psalm 127:3-5; Malachi 4:6; Ephesians 5:22-33; Ephesians 6:1-4)
5. PRAY FOR LOCAL AND NATIONAL GOVERNMENT LEADERS.
Pray that God will help them make wise decisions and govern with integrity, justice, and mercy. (1 Tim. 2:1-2; Rom. 13:1; 1 Pet. 2:17; Titus 3:1-2; Micah 6:8)
6. PRAY FOR RACIAL RECONCILIATION.
Pray that God will heal our nation of racism and use the church to stand against racial conflict, violence, and prejudice. The church must lead the way in racial reconciliation by modeling love and respect for every person regardless of the color of their skin or their ethnic background. (Romans 10:12-13, Galatians 3:28, Acts 10:28, Acts 10:34-35, John 7:24, 1 John 2:9, James 2:9, Revelation 7:9)
WE ARE ASKING THAT ALL OPBC MEMBERS SIGN UP FOR 30 MINUTES OR AN HOUR ON THE 25TH OF EACH MONTH TO PRAY FOR OUR NATION. COMMIT TO PRAYING AT HOME OR WITH A GROUP. AS THE YEAR GOES ON, WE WILL LOOK TO OPEN THE CHURCH BUILDING ON THESE DAYS AS WELL.