I have been in prayer since 1998 about the many problems facing the church as Christians attempt to stop the decline and return the church to increase. Robert Coleman wrote about the decline of the church in 1963 and John Dickinson in 2013. I first wrote about this in 2013 after reading both books; for link click here.
The problems seem impossible to overcome. Just to name a few perceived or not:  the increasing anti-God movement in the USA and world,  losing young people,  turning inward rather than outward to the community and world,  necessity to remain true to our core biblical values out of love for Jesus about: creation of the universe by God, the virgin birth, the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus, the inerrancy of the Bible, abstinence from alcoholic beverages, the sanctity of marriage, prolife, life begins at conception and other biblical doctrines and commandments,  conflict over music styles,  disunity over a variety of other issues,  aging congregations, and  strong preaching from the Bible that calls for Jesus-centered lives, evangelizing, Discipleship teaching, serving Jesus and others, living in unity in community of believers, etc.
Today I was convicted as I prayed from; “In A Pit With A Lion–How to survive and thrive when opportunity roars” – A week of Supplication Prayers
The prayer for 7/28/2018 was: “Saturday – 7. Looking Foolish-
-Peter walking on water Matthew 14:22-33;
-Noah building the ark for 120 years when it was not raining Genesis 5:32-9:29;
-David and Goliath 1 Samuel 17:1-50
-Joshua Battle plan for walls of Jericho Joshua 5:13-6:27;”
All of these were impossible or improbable yet neither Peter, Noah, David, nor Joshua let that discourage or stop them from trying; trusting God for the outcome. As I prayed I thought of these verses; Jeremiah 32:17 “Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power…! Nothing is too difficult for You,”
Luke 1:35-38…35 The angel…said to her,…37 “For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.”
Revelation 4:8b,11… 8b Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come”. 11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.
The God Who created this vast universe can solve the problems in the church if His people faithfully call on Him in prayer and are obedient to His will and commandments.
I call on each of His children to pray diligently for unity and revival in the true church in the USA while serving with faith and trust in Creator God!
Use this to pray every day for your church; 31 Days of Prayer in Supplication & Commitments for a church that is not growing or in decline!