Praying for Nocatee

In late April, a group of about fifteen women came together in Jo Ray’s home for the express purpose of praying for the Nocatee campus launch. The prayer ministry of Chets Women, led by Jill Darkatsh, felt a prompting to put this evening together as they had witnessed firsthand the importance of undergirding every aspect of their ministry in prayer. After visiting over yummy desserts and coffee, we made our way to the family room where we gathered in a large open circle. We each shared about what brought us to the meeting – some had sensed a clear call to go and serve at the new campus, while others are still waiting for that final confirmation from God. A third group, to which I belonged, was there as a personal support for our friend, Christy Price, wife of the Nocatee Campus Pastor.   It was so exciting to hear each woman’s story and areas of passion, and begin to see how God was knitting together this brand new body of Christ. What a comfort it was to realize God already loves and cares for this new body and He will provide for it just as He abundantly provided for Chets Creek Church 16 years ago!

The hosts provided a very helpful prayer guide for us to follow so we would be sure to cover all of the needs. We prayed for the Nocatee staff and leadership, volunteer teams and location needs (now answered!); for the future partnerships between the church and school, and the church and community; and lastly, for the spiritual impact of this new campus. We asked God to stir up a spiritual hunger in the Nocatee/Bartram Springs area; for protection against spiritual attacks that are sure to come; and for supernatural favor to blanket the entire process. We prayed Luke 2:52 over the new launch—that it would “grow in wisdom and stature, and favor with God and man.”

The night served as a reminder of the importance of covering every detail of our lives, big and small, in prayer. Tony Evans defines prayer as “earthly permission for heavenly interference.” He writes, “There are many things God can do but doesn’t do simply because He has not been requested to do them. But when you go to God and ask for His divine intervention based on His Word, His truth, His promises, and His character, He intervenes in response to your faith, your desire for Him, your submission to Him, and your acknowledgement of your need for Him.” (Victory in Spiritual Warfare, p.138.)

We ended the night by breaking off into smaller groups of three to share any personal prayer needs. We scattered around the home and my group ended up on the screened-in porch by the pool. As we brought our requests before our Father, we could hear the palm trees rustling in the balmy night air. It was a reminder that God is stirring up something new and beautiful: hearts to serve, hearts longing to connect to a body of Christ; and hearts that do not know Him yet. We left so excited to see what God is going to do through Chets Creek @ Nocatee and how this new prayer ministry would unfold!

{This post was written by Kelley Hastings.  Kelley is married to her seminary sweetheart, Eddie, and they have two charming and rowdy boys. Kelley helps lead an adult LifeGroup and serves on the Chets Women’s Bible Study Team. She loves encouraging women to apply the truth of God’s Word and fully use their gifts. Her heart beats fast for infertility issues, adoption, caregivers and, of course, dark chocolate.}


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