Thoughts on Prayer

1 02 2010

Hey guys,

So we’re looking the next couple weeks at the ideas of worship and prayer, leading up to our first Connections gathering in March.  If you’ll remember these are some things we’re focusing on:

*Reflecting on Worship

                        -what brings you to worship?

                        -how do you prepare your heart for worship?

                        -how have you met God individually and corporately in the past?

            *Praying About Connections

                        -Pray for a clear vision and purpose for the planning team.

                        -Pray for a core group of people willing to covenant to be a part of this gathering and pray for it.

                        -Pray for the logistics of place, time, and people to all come together

Mariya Jones, is our new Young Adult Ministry Assistant and she wanted to share some thoughts about prayer in this week’s devotional.

Devotional from Mariya –

We drop hints about Christmas presents to mom or dad or say things to get people to do what we want. This is sometimes how we pray to God. God wants us to pray with purpose, with a goal in mind. He wants us to step out on faith and believe in Him. He is omnipotent and knows what is happening and what is in our hearts. We don’t have to give him a report of what is going on in our world because he already knows that. We must pray with an ending in mind. We must have an outcome in mind and God will be more willing to give it to us. If we are faithful, he will grant us our desires.

Acts 4:23-31

23On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. 24When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heaven and the earth and the sea, and everything in them. 25You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
   ” ‘Why do the nations rage
      and the peoples plot in vain?
 26The kings of the earth take their stand
      and the rulers gather together
      against the Lord
      and against his Anointed One.

27Indeed Herod and Pontius Pilate met together with the Gentiles and the people[c] of Israel in this city to conspire against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed. 28They did what your power and will had decided beforehand should happen. 29Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. 30Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”

31After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

If we want something certain we must pray for it certainly. We have to truly believe that it will happen and that God will grant us that and pray for that very specific thing we want/need. We know this because Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:21-22)

Now, I think we all know that praying for a new convertible or hot tub isn’t going to benefit God’s kingdom and God probably won’t give it to us anyway. If we pray, wholeheartedly, for a sense of peace and a company to create a new position for our family’s sole provider who lost his/her job, He will make something happen. If we pray for a friend who is not a Christian and ask God to bring something to them so that they will not be able to deny His power, He will do it.

In order to receive this from God we must be blameless in his eyes. We must stand in His presence and not fear His wrath because we have not done anything to receive wrath for. We must protect our hearts from evil so as to remain blameless.

Deuteronomy 18:13

You must be blameless before the LORD your God.

Psalms 15

1 LORD, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
       Who may live on your holy hill?

 2 He whose walk is blameless
       and who does what is righteous,
       who speaks the truth from his heart

 3 and has no slander on his tongue,
       who does his neighbor no wrong
       and casts no slur on his fellowman,

 4 who despises a vile man
       but honors those who fear the LORD,
       who keeps his oath
       even when it hurts,

 5 who lends his money without usury
       and does not accept a bribe against the innocent.
       He who does these things
       will never be shaken.

I heard a great speaker talk on this at Urbana this year in St. Louis. His name was Sunder Krishnan. He started by talking about a thing he read in Sojourners Magazine written by Walter Wink. Mr. Wink said this: “History belongs to the intercessors who thus believe the future into being.” He meant that if we just believe and pray it with our whole heart, God will provide.

 If you want to hear his talk, go to: http://www.vimeo.com/8467883.

-Mariya Jones, WYM Young Adult Ministry Assistant

 Have a great week!  Pray with purpose and with faith!

 To the King!

Katy

 P.S. Our WYM Winter Retreat is coming up in a couple weeks.  If you are free on Feb. 13th this would be a great event to attend.  The theme is “Building Up the Body of Christ”.  If you would like to attend WYM will cover your registration fee if you contact me ahead of time.  Registration deadline is Feb. 8th (a week from today!)

http://www.westernym.net/pdf/WinterRetreatBrochure2010.pdf

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