Namibian summer holidays occur in December and during much of January. Many of our people go away for their annual vacation. During this time many church activities go into recess, almost all - except prayer meetings and worship meetings. We cannot afford not to pray and to worship!
We see divine wisdom in the fact that the church like a human body needs to have seasons of rest and relaxation, whilst always being on her guard against Satan’s manifested schemes.
Our people return refreshed and ready to face the year.
At Eastside Baptist Church, Prayer Week follows our summer holiday, after children have been settled back into school, and after people have settled back into their work routines.
Prayer week is normally held at the end of January. The Sundays leading up to prayer week are dedicated to preaching on themes related to prayer and vision casting. This year our motto is taken from John 15: “Appointed to bear much fruit !” I have reminded the congregation that this is the Vinedresser's desire for the church. The goal for which we are planted is to bear much fruit. Any prayer relating to a desire for fruitfulness will be honoured by our Father who is in heaven. We may need to be content with His pruning, and we may need to be content that the divine Gardener will remove unfruitful branches out of our midst! But we know and understand the purpose for which He does it! He does it to make the vine – the church even more fruitful, thereby bringing more glory to Himself.
This year Prayer Week started on Sunday, 27th January and ended on Sunday the 3rd of February. From Monday to Friday the church had gathered to pray every night of the week and also on Saturday and Sunday morning. We were greatly encouraged by the turnout in the week and also by the fact that our people were generally steadfastly devoted to the Lord in prayer.
A number of people have indicated in the context of prayer week that they want to join the church. For this immediate result we give thanks to God !
We have reminded our people that prayer is not just an occasional activity, but a lifestyle. Prayer is to the soul what oxygen is to the body. It sustains the church like nothing else. No activity describes ‘abiding in Christ the vine’ more than habitually praying to God the Father in His Name !
As you help us by your prayers !
2 Corinthians 1:11