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Sovereign Grace Churches First Quarter 2024 Prayer Requests

"A verse that has been on my heart for a year now is John 15:5 where Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” We will bear much fruit for Christ by abiding in Jesus dependently for apart from Him we can do nothing. One of ways we abide in Jesus dependently is to bring our needs to Him in prayer. Jesus says in John 15:7, “If you abide in me, and my words abode in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” Abiding dependently means asking Jesus consistently in prayer for His help and provision so that we can bear much fruit for Him. O. Hallesby in his book on prayer writes, “Helplessness becomes prayer the moment that you go to Jesus and speak candidly and confidently with him about your needs.” We are helpless because apart from Christ we can do nothing. But when we speak candidly and confidently with Jesus about our needs, He will hear our prayers providing what we need to bear fruit for Him and His glory.

Below you will find the “Sovereign Grace Churches First Quarter 2024 Prayer Requests.” It is a list of needs that our family of churches has, therefore, let us speak candidly and confidently with Jesus about them asking Him to provide what we need to continue to advance the gospel together and bear much fruit for Him.  I’m eager to see how God will answer our prayers during the first 3 months of 2024 so that we can bear much good gospel fruit for Him.

Thanks for praying."

-Mark Prater, Executive Director

  • Pray that God would give the members and pastors of Sovereign Grace churches a renewed desire, and opportunities to share the gospel with unbelievers in our communities and workplaces.
  • Pray for the Ark Church in Dnipro, Ukraine asking God to protect them, and to use them to meet practical needs, and to offer gospel hope to people impacted by the war. 
  • Pray for the U.S. National Church Planters Assessment that will be held in Southern California in January 18-20, 2024, asking God to give wisdom to Greg Dirnberger as he leads this event and to the assessment team (Greg and Laurie Dirnberger, John and Nancy Loftness, and Christopher and Stephanie Warren) in assessing future church planters in Sovereign Grace.
  • Please pray for Josh Kruger, Jr., and his family, as they relocate from the U.S. in January back to Namibia to prepare to plant a Sovereign Grace church in Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia. Please pray that God would assemble a strong church planting team and provide all they need including a meeting place for the church.
  • Pray for Bob Kauflin, Jefferey, Jo, Dave Taylor, and the Sovereign Grace Music team as they lead 2 events in Manila, Philippines in March. On March 15, 2024, they will lead a “Gathering Around The Gospel With Sovereign Grace Music” event, and on March 16, 2024, a Sovereign Grace Music Asia-Pacific Musicians Conference. Pray that God would use both of these events to strengthen pastors and members of churches in the AsiaPacific in the gospel, and equip musicians and worship leaders to serve their church.
  • Pray for the Sovereign Grace Leadership Team as they lead a retreat, February 5-7, 2024, that will include our U.S. Regional Leaders asking God to envision, strengthen, and equip our leaders to serve our churches in the States.
  • Pray for Ed O’Mara as he leads the second Sovereign Grace Churches Europe Pastors Retreat, March 12-15, 2024, in Milan, Italy. Pray that God would continue to knit the pastors in Europe together relationally, and equip them theologically as they look to build Sovereign Grace Europe in the years to come.
  • Pray for the 10 students currently in our Ethiopia Pastors College (Trinity Fellowship Pastors College) in Addis Ababa asking God to equip them for pastoral ministry. Pray also for Josh Pannell, Dean of the Trinity Fellowship PC asking God to give him grace in leading this second class of students.
  • Pray that God would continue to provide financially for Sovereign Grace Churches so that we can fund the gospel opportunities He is giving us throughout the world.