10 Neighbors are 10 Lives

The Window of Sunday, September 12th 2010 through Sunday, November 21st, 2010



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Two things the PCPC is asking:

1. The PCPC is asking area pastors to pass out the Pray for 10 Commitment cards to congregants, and in that same moment, ask them to write down the names of 10 neighbors and to sign the card to commit to praying for neighbors BY NAME every day for six weeks sometime within the window between Sunday, September 12th 2009 through Sunday, November 20th, 2010. Cards should be collected in the same moment.

2. The PCPC is asking that churches incorporate a 3 - 5 minute period during their weekly service to lead congregants in the exercise of praying for those for whom they have committed to pray.

These commitment cards and the information put on them will be controlled by the church, not the PCPC. There is no listing of any organization on the cards. The PCPC will simply be in communication with designated church contacts to get a pulse of what is happening and pass good reports along for the morale of the greater Christian community.

Short-term results:

Congregants may initially come up against the hardness of heart, merely parroting prayers, but with some perseverance, maybe a little struggle and with a lot of help from the Holy Spirit, believers will begin to pray out of the love the Lord for their neighbors. Love Himself will invade hearts, from those praying to those being prayed for. In quite a few situations, noticable changes will begin to take place, from changed attitudes toward church and the Gospel to deep transformations of heart. Many will come to the Lord and desire to find a church home. Christians will be excited about being Christians.

Long-term results:

Participating churches will grow and the Christian community will grow overall.

This commitment gives a practical vision to church members in their spheres of influence. Their excitement levels will grow as they witness the Holy Spirit invading hearts as they pray in their homes and under their breathes in the workplace.

Church morale will grow even more from whatever level is currently resides.

Christians' hearts become more caring for their neighbors and find practical ways to care for people.

Why do this?:

Nobody has ever come into a relationship with the Lord without prayer. The mind of the unbeliever is opened to the Gospel and the heart of the unbeliever opened to the voice of Love Himself. The Lord rides the prayers He inspires within us into the lives of other people. Jesus died so we would pray others into knowing Him. He deserves this of us. As people come to know the Lord more deeply, both the church and church morale grow exponentially. "My house shall be a house of prayer" - Jesus

What this effort is not doing:

...is not building an organization, though it will benefit many congregations around the Park Circle area.

...does not lift up a personality - other than the Lord's.

...is not raising money.

"Leaders lead. We're prayer leaders before preachers. The difference between leadership and manipulation is motive. Motive is continually purified and refined in the presence of God, which by definition, is prayer. Therefore, let the prayer leaders lead."

...know them that labour among you... 1 Thessalonians 5:12 * ...pray for one another... James 5:6 * ...the eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee... 1 Corinthians 12:21 * ...there is one Body and one Spirit... Ephesians 4:4 * ...the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth... Ephesians 4:16 * ...I pray that they may be one with us so that the world will believe...John 17:21 * ...how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...Psalm 133:1 "The purpose of life is companionship." *** "Worship is that form of companionship where we love on Him in response to His great love for us." *** "The most powerful drive in the human heart is the desire for companionship." *** "We inherited this drive from the One we were patterned after." *** "The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive." *** "Motive is purified and guided in the presence of God: Prayer." *** "Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and a motive for self-glorification." *** "Pride starts subtly and then turns into the aggressive enemy of real companionship" *** "The Cross and the presence of God brings fellowship (heart to heart), but the world offers only socializing (facade to facade)." *** "Every relationship has a foundation. The pride of public ministry has been a foundation for too many. At some point it consumes" *** "There is a difference between worshipping the idea that we worship God and actually worshipping God." *** "Why do we want to see prayer back in the schools, when it is no longer in our homes or churches?" *** "Corporate prayer around the Throne must return the center of church life if there is to be any hope for the masses." *** "Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer." *** "If we are so in the know, why do we no longer gather together to seek God, navigate through our haughty hearts to get a glimpse of God's heart and then pray in the lost?" *** "Christianity is not an enterprise, venture for self-discovery or political or civic organization. It is a Blood-bought fellowship of prayer focused on One." *** "Prayer-based friendships are the only ones that last." *** "Prayer-bathed friendships are not incidental to ministry, they are foundational." *** "Prayer is not a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the ministry" *** "It's one thing to tell somebody what we believe about Jesus, it's quite another to be able to introduce someone to our Best Friend." *** "We are more like Martha than Mary; More like Christian activists, than people of prayer." *** "We need unity in humility found at the foot of the Cross, not prideful uniformity that says: 'Look at us doing God's work'" "There has got to be a practical, excecutable strategy in place for us to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood in our homes and bring families and communities together via corporate prayer inspired by the Spirit. Technology is not the enemy; Our disobedient laziness is the enemy." ***