Anticipation is building.
Christmas is almost here.
When we read the account of the first Christmas, we see a young woman approached by an angel of God and told some incredible and unbelievable news: she was going to be pregnant with God's son!
And her response?
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
For this young woman, the first Christmas was about responding to God. It was about doing what God commanded her to do. And she didn't hesitate. Sure, she had questions. But she stepped out in faith and took that next step.
For the month of December, we've been praying for ministries and been praying for the people those ministries serve. But here is my question for you...
Are you the answer to those prayers?
As the poor and the needy of Rochester are hoping for something different than what they've seen, might YOU be the messenger that shares about God's plan for their lives?
Could it be YOU that brings good news to someone like the angel brought to Mary?
Northridge Beyond is about far more than just money. It's about going Beyond giving to engage in relationships. It's about relationships with your family, friends, co-workers, classmates, and neighbors, all while pointing them towards their need for a relationship with God.
Today, would you please pray...
- that you would be open to how you can impact our city and our world. Pray for the courage to stretch yourself and step out to serve others so that you might point them beyond their needs here and now to consider their eternal need.
- for those in your sphere of influence who are far from God. Take time to pray for each of them by name.
- that your heart would break for the things that break God's heart. Pray that the effects of sin in our world (poverty, pain, suffering, illness, injustice, slavery, etc, etc, etc) would compel you to act on behalf of others.
Thanks for praying!