Pillar Ministries

“History belongs to the intercessors” (Walter Wink). When God moves in history, He does so through the prayers of His people. God invites us to partner with Him for the fulfilment of His global disciplemaking agenda and become more like Jesus, our great and constant intercessor along the way. (Hebrews 7:25)

Covenant EFC’s prayer life is powered by the twin engines of intimacy and intercession. At the heart of intimacy is ministering to God before ministering to others. That is our spiritual birth right and privilege as His royal priesthood. It means spending unhurried time with God, with no agenda. This can be very counter-cultural in our fast-paced and high-performance world, even for His disciples. At the heart of intercession is calling on God before trying other options. The early Church was birthed through prayer, sustained through prayer, and multiplied through prayer. We can plant the seed, we can even water it, but only God gives the increase (1 Cor 3:16). And He does it in answer to prayer!

In addition to the regular prayer platforms such as the monthly CG Prayer and Praise to grow and be discipled in prayer, there are also opportunities to serve as intercessors and altar ministers in the Prayer ministry.

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
1 Samuel 22:20-23
Sat, 18 September 2021

God’s Church Will Not Die

Observation:

What is the significance of Abiathar’s escape from Saul’s slaughter of the priests?

Deeper Reflection
GOD’S FULFILMENT of His word of judgment on the house of Eli through the unjust and brutal slaughter of the priests by Saul is a divine mystery. Out of this comes another divine mystery: “But one son of Ahimelech… named Abiathar, escaped and fled after David” (v.20). In His judgment on Eli’s house, God preserved one descendant of Eli. Such is the sovereignty of God. And we must peg divine mystery to divine sovereignty. God’s preservation of one priest – albeit a descendant of Eli – out of the massive slaughter points to a divine principle: God always insistently preserves His people in the midst of destruction. The narrator shows the sharp contrast in Saul and David’s treatment of the priests to underscore this divine principle. To Ahimelech, Saul said, “You shall surely die” (1 Sam 22:16); to Abiathar, David said, “You are safe with me” (v.23). The priests of God were destroyed, but not completely. “The people of God may often be put down, but never put out. Abiathar’s escape does not mean that all God’s servants are immune from the world’s butchery, but that the world’s butchery can never wipe out all of God’s servants. The Lord does not promise that we will not die for the Kingdom of God, but the Kingdom of God will never die.”34 Jesus has made His commitment and promise that His Church will not die: “I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it” (Matt 16:18).
34 Dale Ralph Davis, 232
Application:

What does it mean for me that the Church of God will not die?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise:
  • For Church Board: To see the church as God’s Church that will not die
  • Pray for significant people:
  • Pray for those in need:
  • Pray for self:

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