Fanning the Flame #17 Intercession and Faith

I’ve finished (well, just about) administering the Spiritual Gifts Assessment to our FTF team and here’s one thing I’ve discovered:  as a group, our most prominent gifts are intercession and faith.  At first I was a little disappointed.  Aren’t these gifts that all Christians should have — nothing so special.  Then I thought (and prayed) some more.  Here are the descriptions of these gifts and what they contribute to the body:

INTERCESSION: The gift of intercession is the special ability that God

gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to pray for extended periods of time on a regular basis and see frequent and specific answers to their prayers to a degree much greater than that which is expected of the average Christian. Contributes: Protection.

FAITH: The gift of faith is the special ability that God gives to certain

members of the Body of Christ to seek and submit with extraordinary confidence to the will and purposes of God for the future of His work. Contributes: Confidence.

I can only assume, since God is in control, that these are the gifts we need most for this particular time and task.  We need to pray, pray, pray so that we will understand God’s will for our congregation and align ourselves with His will, and then we must have trust and confidence in His (not our) ability to accomplish it.  It’s that simple.  They are basic, but so important, especially right now.  They are the proper foundation for the work God has prepared for us.

Readers, pray along with us, that we would be inspired with the confidence that God will accomplish His purposes at St. Paul’s.