Good Afternoon Dear Church,
This week I am reminded that Scriptures tell us to "pray without ceasing" (1 Thess 5:17).
I am always amazed at how God uses that prayer. As many of you know, I pray for everyone in our church every month. That really doesn't take a lot of work. Each of you has a day assigned to a name. Most days have about 3-4 names. Often, as I'm praying for names on my list, I will text those people to let them know I'm praying for them. Many of you know this firsthand, because you've gotten texts from me letting you know I'm praying for you. Sometimes I'm a few days late. But rare is the month where I don't pray for you. Additionally, once a month, our elders pray for everyone in our church by name. Each of those prayers is something unique, something specifically for you.
You would be surprised, or maybe you wouldn't, at how many times God has used these prayers. Often, when I pray for someone (even if it is a few days late), it is at the perfect time. So often a family crisis, a hiccup at work, a child tantrum, or even just a case of waking up on the wrong side of the bed coincides with that prayer. Many of you can testify to that.
Of course, none of these things surprises God. He knows the path ahead of us far better than we do! There is nothing in store for me today, or tomorrow, which the Lord is not sovereign over. But then again, that is just as true for my prayer. After all, he commanded us to pray. He is the Lord of prayer. Perhaps when God commanded us to pray in his Word, he knew exactly what I would go through tomorrow, and he knew I would need to pray today to be ready for it. If God is ruling over my tomorrow, he is also reigning in my prayer. He is like a Father who never intends to do anything less than good for his children (James 1:17), but who wants to be asked by them nonetheless. God has given us prayer precisely because he knows what tomorrow holds, and he knows we need to ask him for his help. The question is, will we be obedient? Will we truly, unceasingly pray?
Tonight, consider joining us as we gather for a time of Word and prayer. We'll be walking through Romans 4:1-8 and praying for one another. We would love to have you join us tonight at 6 PM as we obey through prayer together!
Southern Heights Christian Church
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