Category Archives: Prayer

A New Purpose for Church

Don’t just attend church service this Sunday. EMBRACE a relationship with God.

 

Come EXPECTING a true and real touch from the Holy Spirit.

 

Come expecting the Lord to touch your soul as you WORSHIP Him.

 

Come ready to enter Into the fullness of His presence and Word as expressed in the Scriptures. Don’t just read through the Scriptures, take them into your being. SOAK them in.

 

Don’t go to church out of obligation or ritual, come to the house of the living God and be made NEW, be made REFRESHED, be made RESTORED.

 

God is REAL, so when you are truly in His presence, by FAITH, you have no choice but to be CHANGED.

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It’s Sunday

It’s Sunday. An icy one at that. No church today at Five Rivers due to dangerous road and parking lot conditions.

But that will not change the Sabbath. The Sabbath: “A day of rest.”  Oh how I am grateful for that! Can you imagine working each and every day without one day of rest?! Everyone likes that idea.

However the Sabbath is more than that. It is the day to love and honor God. One day out of our seven you are to give exclusively to God. If you don’t pray and worship God on the other six days of the week, you’d better do it at least this one day. God should get one day of your attention.

The Sabbath is not optional. Commandment five: Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. God demands the Sabbath. However, He made it for your good to nurture your body, mind and spirit. Just like you demand your children to do certain things- not out of your own selfishness, but out of your love and care for them.

God deserves the Sabbath. He deserves some of you. He made you and everything around you. He has provided everything you need. From your great need of salvation to your simplest need for daily bread, and everything else in between: friends, beauty, love, children, companionship, nature, space, pets, water, laughter, comfort, provision, healing…

You need the Sabbath. Not only does your body need a day of rest, but your spirit needs God.  Every human being is made with a spiritual component. You cannot deny there is a spirit part of man.  It is this part that especially needs God, and without your relationship to God, the rest of your being- your physical, mental and emotional parts- will suffer. When you refocus spiritually- when you look to God, He reveals your spiritual condition.

Others need you to keep the Sabbath. When you refocus spiritually you see the needs around you, and not just your own. Society needs the Sabbath.

I will keep the Sabbath today even if I don’t go to church. I will pray and read God’s Word. When my clan wakes up we’ll read and pray as a family. We’ll sing an old hymn together (even to the sighs of my teenaged sons.) We’ll worship together. Then I’ll rest the remaining of the day as much as I am able.

Later on, of course, I’ll have to make dinner, do laundry and get ready for a new week, and my “resting” will have to come to an end. This evening, out of necessity, I will begin preparing for tomorrow- I will write some lesson plans and grade a few papers. I’ll check my sons’ school work and help them get ready for the week. At the end of the day, as I lay my head to rest I will thank God for this day and lay everything into His hands and sleep. Tomorrow morning, I will be off as a shot. So for today, I will rest as much as I am able.

Remember that God made the Sabbath for us, to help us. We are not made for the Sabbath. We are not a slave to it. The Sabbath was made so we can get some rest, recharge, and refocus. Do as much of this as you can.

So it’s Sunday. A day of rest. Thank God.

By the way, if you are working on Sunday, that’s ok. Just give yourself (and God) another day to be your Sabbath- pick a day, any day.

Ok, back to resting…before everyone else in my house wakes us 🙂

How Fervent are You?

Upon waking I go over to my prayer spot – just a comfy chair in my sitting room – I kneel and lean upon the seat of the chair, head down, hands folded, and pray my silent prayers. Well lately, the needs in my life have become especially urgent. You know we all have those times in our lives when things are just difficult. Money is short, jobs uncertain, difficult teenagers, someone may be sick, disagreement with your spouse, a change in circumstances, add your own situation here______________…the scenarios in life that challenge us are virtually endless. There are times such as these when all our own self efforts seem pretty futile. It’s during these times of seemingly hopelessness that you have to pray more.

It’s during these tougher times that the regular routine types of prayers seem especially  ineffective. As I pondered this thought the scripture came back to me…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. If I want my prayers to mean something they have to be fervent. That means when I pray, I pray HARD, and let God know I am really counting on Him. I might pray aloud, and my prayers are specific. I pray believing that the only one who can answer my prayers is God. I pray believing God is there, He cares and is listening. That’s a fervent prayer.

Fervent prayer has fervor…or fever! Pray like you are in hot water and that you need God’s help getting out. God rewards this type of prayer because regardless of what you believe about God, it’s true that God wants to help you…no matter what you’ve done. And it true that God is a rewarding of those who diligently seek him. As long as you come to Him in a humble way repenting of your past, He wants to help you. It is never correct to think that you are not worthy of God answering your prayers, no matter how many times you’ve sinned. The scriptures say to….. Cast your cares on God because he cares for you.

Hey, pray like you mean it. Pray like you need God, don’t just go through the motions. Pray and keep praying until God turns your situations around for your good as the Apostle Paul describes in the book of Romans 8:28 …And He works all things out for the good for those who love God….He will, but you must believe in Him and believe Him for His answers.

Pray today, and pray hard!