A Church with a Heart for our Community

July 20th Tuesday

“Warm” greetings to you…accepted, forgiven, sheltered by God’s love…in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ – THE Risen Savior!  Yes – this is the day that the Lord has made for us, we will rejoice and be glad in it! I trust that you had a great weekend and Monday with a generous supply of God’s blessings that were just what you needed to encourage you. This morning I will be praying for you, asking Father to let you hear Him singing over you – “I love you, I love you!”…and to let you hear Him calling to you – “I want you…I have chosen you to be mine!”

What a grand Sunday morning…having the church family together once again to worship. It seems this pleases God, for I sensed the pleasure of His company. The interesting aspect of this is that that “presence” seemed to linger so that it was there when we arrived for Monday noon-hour prayer. Over the past several weeks as we gathered for prayer on Monday – God has affirmed His blessing, heard our prayers and responded to them. I am beginning to accept that God’s Word is not fooling around when we are told that the prayers of passionate-righteous-faithful-expectant Christ-followers are powerful and effective.

Yesterday’s prayer gathering was highlighted by a testimony of answered prayer for a young man and a serious health emergency. There is nothing like being aware that God has drawn close to an individual and his family in an hour of need. These are the moments when you start paying closer attention, looking for those God-incidences. Once again, God’s Word is affirmed…without a vision – ‘seeing God at work’ – the people perish – ‘get discouraged and give-up’. There was another testimony of a young lady coming for prayer at a Sunday service and her prayer request…”I want Jesus in my heart!” And we heard that four congregations in our community have new pastoral leadership…another answer to prayers.

I believe we are in a season of grace and mercy…where God doesn’t just show-up, He “shows-off” — praise be to Him! It is interesting to me that the Monday prayer gathering does not stand alone…as I mentioned above the “presence” that showed up on Sunday seemed to linger to be with us. As I say that, I am reminded that On Sunday we sang a simple prayer song that expressed our need for the “breath of life – the wind of God – the breath of love – revive us Lord”. 

You never know what God will do when you mix testimonies of answered prayers with the Sunday worship and with passionate intercessors pleading before Him. One of the intercessors when asked…”what’s the good word?” responded by saying – “surrender!” So, let us keep in an attitude of surrender before God…He is “up-to-something” in our community!

Just a little something to ponder…be blessed!