God brought the scripture in Hebrews 10:24-25 to my mind this morning as I was reading my morning devotional – “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is a manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Those two verses contain so much that a person could spend many hours unpacking them. My heart centered on “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves.” That is a phrase in the WPI’s mission statement. We desire for the women who pray in a WPI group to be aware of this aspect of WPI and understand it. The mission statement is: “We, as co-laborers in the body of Christ, commit ourselves to be used of God to redeem a lost world unto Himself as we unite with one heart to pray across denominations, races, and cultures, not forsaking our own assembly.” It continues to say, “By the Spirit of Christ, we will persevere and trust God for the increase of passionate intercessors and the coming end-time harvest of souls.”
Please stay with me as I focus on “not forsaking our own assembly”. WPI desires for the women to adhere to the foundational principle in reference to this statement: The women are to place their church before the ministry of Women’s Prayer International. If they have a meeting at their church at the same time there is a WPI monthly neighborhood group meeting or an annual meeting, they are to attend the meeting at their church. Many times a WPI member has said, “I really don’t want to miss the WPI meeting; but my church is having a meeting, and I need to be faithful to my church.” That is a wonderful thing and God is well pleased when we put our church before a ministry. My prayer is that all the women praying in the WPI groups will understand that truth and follow in obedience.
It is my desire that all members, those new and those not so new, will also know that WPI s priority is to undergird the churches and ministers with prayer at each monthly meeting. Praying for our churches and ministers each month reminds us to keep our Pastors in our prayers till me meet again.
Whether you are a WPI Prayer Member or not, you will be blessed when you put your church before any ministry, in your attendance, tithe and service. Doing that, friends, will surely bless the heart of God. And isn’t that the best blessing we could receive? Joan Courtney, WPI Founder/CEO