In his bulletin-subscriber email sent a few hours ago, David Kenney, preacher with the Wadsworth OH congregation, wrote,
The number of congregations in the state of Ohio has declined from 418 to 373 (2009-2018), which is a decrease of 10.8 percent according to Churches of Christ in the United States published by 21st Century Christian. We have much to pray about!
First off, I did not realize there were that many congregations in Ohio, so I give thanks to God for all of them. Not a few saints in the past have dedicated themselves to the gospel. We ought to be grateful for the work that has been done thus far.
Second, perhaps church growth comes in waves or cycles, so this drop in number of churches might be expected, but it is always a concern when the work of God suffers. A fall in number of congregations is a subject of prayer, as David mentioned. And a reason for renewed efforts.
How to pray about this? Here are some suggestions:
- Pray the Lord will send more reapers (evangelists) into the field.
- Pray the Lord will create good conditions for proclaiming the gospel.
- Pray that those who have been negligent in evangelism will repent.
- Pray that congregations will target unreached areas for outreach.
- Pray the Lord will give us time to reach so many souls in that great state.
- Pray that the Ohio saints will be fortified in faith and grow in love and good works.
- Pray the Lord will give us all courage to speak the name of Christ, which alone can save.
- Give thanks that our heavenly Father has called us into fellowship with him for this purpose.
Let us believe with full faith the motto of the great state of Ohio, not because it is the state motto, but because it is God’s word that applies so well to our task of the gospel. (See photo above.)
What other ways can we pray for more souls to be saved in Ohio?
Photo from Wikipedia