Repentant prayer first step toward change
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
March 14, 2011

Repentant prayer first step toward change

Repentant prayer first step toward change
Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications
March 14, 2011

GREENSBORO — No matter how impressive a church may seem, if

the church lacks a strong anchor, it will never succeed.

Ryan Pack, pastor of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville,

believes that strong anchor is prayer. Pack preached from Daniel 9 during the

recent statewide evangelism conference at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church and

challenged those in attendance to not only be more focused on prayer, but to

refocus on repentant prayer.

Prayer, especially repentant prayer, allows believers to

shift their focus from self to God. “We can become so full of ourselves that we

miss the presence of God,” Pack said.

Repentant prayer draws eyes heavenward, and it does so by

acknowledging God’s faithfulness. Sometimes a person may hesitate to ask

someone for forgiveness, even when they know they must, because the response on

the other end is unsure.

Not so with God. “God keeps His covenant of love,” Pack

said. “He is going to approach us with grace and restoration.” Although sin has

consequences, and those consequences may be painful for awhile, God will

restore with grace.

“Without acknowledging God’s faithfulness, we have no other steps

to take,” Pack said. He urged church leaders and pastors to remember God’s

faithfulness, and in light of that, to always seek His glory above all else.

BSC photo by Mike Creswell

Ryan Pack, pastor of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, was one of the speakers at the recent statewide evangelism conference in Greensboro.

“Sometimes we ask God to bless something He never wanted

started in the first place,” Pack said. When that happens, leaders must run to

God in repentance.

When leaders only expect God to bless, and never seek His

face and never seek to discern where He is leading, they end up treating God as

a “cosmic vending machine” to get what they want. “That’s some made up

prosperity gospel,” Pack said.

The second component of repentant prayer is admitting

rebellion. Pack described today’s culture as a “no-fault culture” where no one

wants to step up and admit when a mistake has been made. “Here is authentic

leadership: when we as the shepherd of the church admit our rebellion first,”

he said.

No matter what has happened in a church in the past, no

matter what mistakes have been made, “today, you are the shepherd,” Pack

reminded pastors. “You are required to take ownership of whatever is there.”

Admitting rebellion requires believers to make their prayers

specific and get to the heart of the issue. “You have not genuinely repented if

you are still blaming someone else,” Pack said.

Pack pointed out how in Daniel 9:5, Daniel admits that the

people have ignored God’s commands. “At some point we must evaluate the

consequences of not listening to God,” he said.

Sometimes God brings into the life of a believer people who

can speak truth in love and who can help bring to light sin that has remained

in the darkness. “Is it possible God has placed in your life personal prophets

to speak truth in your life but you’ve ignored it?” Pack asked.

The third component of repentant prayer is change. “We have

made ministry so much about ourselves we are no longer doing ministry for the

sake of God,” Pack said. The prayers of the repentant will confess that and ask

God to use ministry to make His name great among all people.

Ministry, in whatever capacity, is for God’s glory and for

the salvation of those who are not in Christ Jesus. Ministry exists so that the

eyes and hearts of believers will be opened to more fully know Jesus as King of

Kings and Lord of their life.


can no longer continue in ministry as usual,” Pack said. “It’s going to take

repentance, prayer and the power of almighty God.”

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