Monday, February 27, 2012

A Transformational Easter

It's hard to believe that Easter is less than 6 weeks away! Last week marked the beginning of the season of Lent, which has been observed by generations of believers as a time of personal reflection and examination as well as preparation for the observance of Easter. It is a time to reflect on our own sinfulness and the sufficiency of Christ's righteousness which is available to us because of the cross and the resurrection.

Traditionally Christians have observed Lent in a variety of ways, often including a
time of fasting. In fasting we refrain from eating in order to express our Spiritual hunger for God and in order to provide us with an uninterrupted time of prayer. This year at The Orchard Church (while we encourage people to fast if they would like to do so) we are challenging everyone to set aside a time daily to devote 5 friends, neighbors, family members of coworkers to the Lord in prayer. Join us by writing the names of these five people down somewhere where you will see them regularly. Then commit to spend 5 minutes each day praying for each person.

You might pray for:


  • God to protect and strength their marriage.
  • That they would prosper in their work and bring blessing to the lives of others as a result.
  • Healing from sickness.
  • Provision for physical needs, etc.

Ultimately however, this is the perfect time to specifically pray that God would capture their hearts and draw them to Himself. Pray for opportunities for you to share your testimony of how Jesus has changed your life with them, and pray for courage to invite them to join you at church on Easter Day.

Together as we commit to pray for 5 people for 5 minutes each day during this season of preparation for Easter, asking God to do what only He can do, to draw people to Himself and transform lives - we are trusting God to allow us to touch literally hundreds of lives. So will you join us! After all, transformed lives is what Easter is all about. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost.

Here at The Orchard Church, loving lost people is one of our core values. We believe that when we set ourselves to pray for those who do not yet know Christ, and make ourselves available to be used by Him to touch the lives of others, we truly are about our Father's Business!