I thank You that in Idaho Falls, back in the early 1970s, I first heard the beautiful news of Christ’s gospel. And today, as we are beginning the 2020s in the midst of a dark coronavirus, I am so thankful through 50 years that we still have the same good news! Father, Your Son died in my place, bearing my sin. Thank You for granting me: forgiveness, redemption, restoration, and adoption. Thank You that when I was spiritually dead, Your Spirit blew new life into me. In Your amazing grace, You have given me eternal life which triumphs right over the top of my enemies: Satan, sin, and death itself.
God of life, during this spring resurrection season, I think of what one of Your missionaries, St. Paul wrote to believers in Corinth,
“Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you–unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:1-4).
Dear God, I am thankful for the gospel pioneers who came to Idaho in the 1800s. I am grateful for the Reverend William N. Knox, a Baptist minister, back around 1900, who preached the gospel to a road construction gang in the middle of nowhere on a moonlit night in the Nezperce National Forest. To this day, we have Gospel Peak, Gospel Hill, and Gospel Lakes named for what this gospel preacher did 120 years ago.
Lord of the Harvest, we thank You for the faithful gospel witness in Idaho among Your servants, missionaries, pastors, and Christians in their weekly vocations, year after year, and decade after decade. In 2020, I ask that You thrust forth laborers into our Idaho fields.
As Pastor Matt McGukin of Calvary Baptist Church prayed yesterday: Jesus, cleanse the temple. Cleanse Your House of Prayer. And as Pastor Ken Feliciano of Berean Baptist Church requested, Master, help Your Church in Idaho to wake up, to take up our crosses, and to shake up the world.
Dear God, in the days ahead, we ask that Your word would run and be glorified through the streets of our Idaho cities. We ask that through the internet, many men and women like Nicodemus in the night, would search and find answers from You regarding the eternal questions about their souls.
Lord, give us eyes to see and ears to hear. In the midst of our physical sickness and financial recession, we humbly ask You to bring spiritual awakening to us in Idaho. Save us, Lord. Save us from the sin in our hearts.
I pray this all in the mighty name of Jesus, for in the very meaning of His name, He will save His people from their sins,