• Nige Burr

Leaders - Focus on Christ for the People's Sake. #4

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

Years ago when Skoda were not the award-winning cars of today, my friend worked for Skoda. He was sent to Nottingham to collect three brand new cars for the showroom back in Chesterfield. Four of them drove down in one car. Three blokes got out to collect three new vehicles. One car wouldn’t move, on checking it had no gearbox! Another wouldn’t start. Checking under the bonnet, they found no engine! The third, they drove away, only to break down on the M1! To make vehicles work they need the correct powerhouse under the bonnet, one in full working order.

To run a church is similar. There may be some “cranky vehicles in the church” that need proper maintenance! What is the primary action of any church that wants to grow? Prayer! A praying church is one that truly has a spiritual powerhouse under the bonnet. In fact in 1 Timothy, a letter from Paul, we read, “I urge then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people…” (1 Tim 2.1 NIV) That’s a finely tuned V12 Powerhouse right there. I drove a V12 vehicle on the highways of Los Angeles last year, and boy did it move. And the sound was incredible.

Bill Johnson in his book When Heaven Invades Earth talks about why we pray, and we leader’s need to model every aspect of this, or else our integrity could be in doubt. “…the intended goal of all prayer – that the Lordship of Jesus would be seen in all circumstances of life.” It’s little use having the latest Ducati sat on our driveway if we don’t know how to ride it. It’s just as crazy to think we can run a church when we don’t even have an engine that runs in our prayer-room! You need answered prayers? Then teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Looking to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.

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