If you can remember back 14 weeks our church started this united thought and mission of Pray for One. Obviously, so much has happened over those weeks – especially the last 8 weeks since we started fighting Covid-19 here in the United States.

The idea and plan was every single day we wake up and pray for God to open our eyes to one person who needs His love today, and give us the courage to share it. Additionally, we are to be praying specifically for our personal One, by name.

I have to admit, even I, the person who stood on the stage and introduced it to all the people of Central, have let the many of the most recent 8 weeks block the vision and goal set out for our church 14 weeks ago.

All the schedule changes and the not being allowed to socialize with other people (including my One) has helped take my eyes off that vision.

Central is a great church. We want to be a life-changing church and we want to Love God and Love people. Pray for One is the how in that process. It is the vehicle to make our mission and vision statements become reality.

Central is just part of the global church who are all striving for the same goal and mission – fill Heaven with as many people as possible. We want as many people as possible to know, understand, and live out Romans 10:9

“If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9

Yes, the last 8 weeks have been unlike anything we have ever encountered in our lifetimes. Crazy. Scary. Weird. Please, never again, right? The truth is this unprecedented time will end – or at least change and adapt for us soon. That “soon” could be 3 weeks, could be still be some months.

Where will our “ones” be when this pandemic ends? Where have they been during it? Are you checking in with them and maintaining contact? Are you loving them best you can with our current limitations?

As I mentioned, at times, my vision has been in the wrong place. Please come along side with me in correcting that. Our faithfulness to the mission means more than the circumstances we find ourselves in.

I hope you’ve been setting your alarms and praying at 4:01 the last few weeks. I’ve been praying with you.

I want to encourage you to keep your “one” in front of your mind and top of your prayers because I truly believe that the church, both global and local, will be unleashed to even greater things when the pandemic ends and personally, I want our “ones” part of it.

Don’t give up. Pray it and embrace it.

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Central Christian Church | Mount Vernon, Illinois