A Church with a Heart for our Community

September 7th Friday

Greetings to you in the name of the One who…”He who is ‘was’ and He who was ‘is’ and He who was and is ‘will be'”, Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! What an interesting late summer morning…in a matter of a few hours we have been reminded that the seasons are getting ready to transition – our God has an orderliness about Him! I trust that you have had a good week and are excited about the coming weekend. Today I will be praying for you, asking Father to reveal His presence to you this weekend in ways that will surprise you but that you will understand and be able to respond to.

A lead sentence in a ministry email this week caught my eye. It asked the question – “why we don’t pray?” – and the ensuing explanation shared some glimpses into Christian life in this newest dimension of the “New Age”. The reason we don’t pray it seems is because so much of what we need and want is available to us if we work really hard, which means we are living below our potential. Therefore we are living with the illusion that we are in control. 

Although this came from one article, I have been reading several about prayer and the majority are suggesting the same viewpoint…prayer is not a necessity anymore, just adjust your expectations according to what you think you are able to handle. A group of followers in our city have been praying for spiritual revival for our city-community-county-country  and as good as an idea as that is, methinks we need a revival of “prayer meetings”. I read a slogan that says – Prayer Meeting in progress…no passivity allowed! We need the power of authoritative prayer that stretches beyond what we are capable of on our own strength and ability.

I have a sense that far too many Christian people are suffering from undernourishment of their soul. One of my author friends, who I have never actually met as yet, suggests that there are three simple ways to nourish a hungry soul: Pray – Practice Gratitude – Give Back To Others. Then start all over again – as a popular country song says about summer living – Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset, Repeat.

“God insists that we pray, not because He needs to learn our situation, but because we need the spiritual discipline of asking” – Catherine Marshall. Could it be that we have become so full of “self” that there is no room for God? Could it be that we have become like the tower builders at Babel who are going to, once again attempt to climb up to God’s place?

Something to ponder! Have a great weekend!