For months our staff and event planning team has been praying for our Back 2 School Bash – but we don’t want to stop there – will you join us in logging in 100+ hours of prayer this week? If you are logging in an hour of prayer this week, please email us at email@example.com so we can stay in touch.
- Great weather
- Timely set up with all of our vendors and deliveries to arrive in time
- Volunteers full of excitment serving in love
- Volunteers needed for licensed positions: stylists and nurses
- Funding through corporate donations and personal giving to meet goal
- Cooperation with key role players outside of Life Church
- Marketing and event awarness to spread rapidly – the word to get out
- Safety of our guests
- School supplies to be donated in a grand proportion
- Great connections and open doors to share God’s love with our guests
The Church Auditorium will be open from 9AM-4PM each day this week. We will have some of your favorite music to pray to playing as well as some prayer guides. You can pray at church, you can pray at home, you can walk the field at the Midlothian Multi-Purpose Stadium. You choose your hour and your location to pray!
Prayer is not weak. Prayer is not anemic. Prayer is powerful. It’s a nuclear weapon that disarms the enemy’s attack. Prayer acknolwdeges God’s control over nature, over circumstances and over people’s hearts.
If you are logging in an hour of prayer this week, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. We would like to keep a log of our prayer warriors this week and stay in touch with you!
HOW DO YOU SEE PRAYER?
- Some see it as asking for something that couldn’t possibly happen anyway.
- Others see it as their personal vending machine: put in the right combination of currency, push the right buttons, and get what you want.
- There are those who see prayer as a religious exercise.
- And there are those who don’t think prayer is effective at all.
According to the Bible, we can be confident that our prayers will be answered. Jesus many times lets us know that it is faith and belief that are key to answered prayer. Look at these verses…
“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”” (Mark 9:23)
“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9)
“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:14)
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” (John 15:7)
Our prayers are more than wishes and hopes – but only if we pray with believing, faith-filled hearts. That is the kind of prayer that moves mountains. I’m excited about our series on Prayer. What we will learn, what we will apply and the hundreds of hours that will be going in to both private and corporate prayer.
If we are going to truly believe that there is nothing too hard for God than we need to start praying that way. Too often our we end up praying simple prayers or comfort prayers … God bless this day … God help my family … God bless this food. When we should be challenged to pray missional prayers.
In his excellent book, Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions, John Piper begins his chapter on prayer saying: “Life is war. That’s not all it is. But it is always that. Our weakness in prayer is owing largely to our neglect of this truth. Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief. It is not surprising that prayer malfunctions when we try to make it a domestic intercom to call upstairs for more comforts in the den. God has given us prayer as a wartime walkie-talkie so that we can call headquarters for everything we need as the kingdom of Christ advances in the world. Prayer thus gives us the significance of frontline forces and gives God the glory of a limitless Provider.”
Paul and the early church prayed in accordance with the Father’s will, for the glory of Jesus, and because, as Piper explained, prayer was “primarily a walkie-talkie for the mission of the church.” A church with a domesticated prayer life will inevitably be a church in maintenance mode rather than in missional mode. Simply put, if you want to know if a church is on mission, listen to their prayers and feel their hearts.
I don’t know about you, but I want to have a good handle on this walkie-talkie in the life-long war of proclaiming Christ, rescuing sinners, and building His church! So here is my list of what I’m asking God to accomplish in and through Life Church in this coming year: Read the rest of this entry
Even as I write this blog, I’m in yet again … another hospital waiting room. It seems like I have bounced from hospital to hospital. A few weeks ago it was at Hearman Southwest in Pearland, than I was at Methodist Hospital in Houston; yesterday it was the ER at Waxahachie Baylor, today it is the Presbyterian Hospital in Rockwall.
Life Church’s 30 Day Fast is committed to experiencing God doing the miraculous here, in our lives, in our church, in our day. Why can’t God do today, what we read about in Scripture and see and hear around the world. As a church we have come united before God, seeking God and His will and walking in a spirit of expectation and anticipation.
Father, we come before you. The Alpha and Omega. The beginning and the end. The one who was, and is, and forever will be. We ask you in your mighty power to invade our lives with your presence. We confess that there is nothing impossible for you. At this moment, we corporately remove you from any ‘box’ that we have confined you in, we remove any ‘limitations’ we have placed on you. We claim your promises. Your promises of grace. Your promises of peace. Your promises of healing. Your promises of blessings. We choose to draw a line in the sand and stake our claim. For us to live is Christ and to die is gain. As your church moves forward, spiritual attack is inedible. But you promises that you would build your church and the gates of Hell wouldn’t prevail against it. We ask that you would build your church in Midlothian. We bind any attack of the enemy on our church, our congregation, and our extended families. We ask that you would lose your power of protection, health and peace. That as we drive forward into this new year, your spirit would go before us. We feel like Joshua crossing the Red Sea when you spoke to him and said to follow you because we have never gone this way before. This is a new year and our eyes are looking to you, our spirits attuned to your desire and our courage unsheathed. May your will be done today and everyday. In Jesus Name, Amen.