“There is a biblical precedent for times when prayer is not enough.”
As Christians pray for peace and calm – and healing of relationships throughout America – it appears each week we wake up to a new tragedy. At a loss what to do – our spiritual inclination is pray.
Believing in the One who said “Pray always” – as these situations continue – I feel the greatest thing we can do is pray.
There is a biblical precedent for times when prayer is not enough. The Bible says : Lk 18:1 we should “always pray, and never give up” but it doesn’t say anywhere that we should only pray. In fact, there are biblical commands to do good works beyond just praying, so sometimes to only pray would be a sin.
1. PRAYER IS NOT ENOUGH IF THERE IS UNCONFESSED SIN
David said, Psa 66:18 “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened”. We need to come before the Lord with pure and humble hearts on behalf of our nation. It is not enough to pray, we must also obey. In fact, the change that can change a nation comes when thousands, even millions, of individuals collectively confess and repent of sin and disobedience in their own lives.
2.. PRAYER IS NOT ENOUGH IF WE ARE NEGLECTING OUR FAMILY
The Bible says, 1 Pet 3:7 “In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered”
3. PRAYER IS NOT ENOUGH IF WE ARE PRAYING FOR OUR OWN WILL, NOT GOD’S WILL
The Bible says, 1 Jn 5:14-15 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him”. God’s will is different from man’s will. We need to feed daily on the Word of God and allow God to transform our thoughts so we can be a people whose prayers reflect the will of God, not our own.
4. PRAYER IS NOT ENOUGH IF WE ARE NEGLECTING TO SPEAK OUT FOR INJUSTICE
The Bible says we should lend our voice to injustice. Prov 31:8 “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed”
Justice pleases the heart of God. An important Scripture to remember is Micah 6:8: “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
6. PRAYER IS NOT ENOUGH IF WE ARE NOT DOING WHAT WE CAN TO HELP
For the vast majority of us, we cannot change the system with a tweet or Instagram post. It can often feel like we can do pitifully little to help or change the situations that cause our nation to grieve. But that shouldn’t stop us from doing what we can.
Andy Stanley has said, “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” You may not be able to do much, but you can do something. Shine the love of God to the people around you.
As the anniversary of my two-year commitment to serve with Lasting Harvest in Panama draws near, it is time to let you all know that after a lot of deliberation and prayer, I have decided not to make an additional two year commitment. I believe God is leading me to move on. I am filled with a big sense of completion and satisfaction with having fulfilled this two-year commitment and deep feelings of gratitude to God and to all of you compassionate people for supporting this endeavor and sending prayers, encouragement and financial support throughout. A lot has happened for us here in Panama these two years and I know a lot has happened back in the USA. I am eager to return home for now and spend time with my family and friends. Thank you for believing in our work here with the Ngobe people of Panama and for my part in it. I will be working an additional two months beyond my two-year commitment, through November and then coming home to Columbia, MO.
Meet to Pray
October 9, 2016
Between 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
As we move into our monthly prayer gathering this coming Sunday evening – I am going to ASSUME everyone has read the Front Page article regarding Prayer….? Many great things have occurred at Discovery over the summer – and into the fall program…..we had record attendance last weekend (record for meeting in Big Red) – just under 90….2 of 3 weeks Jackie has had 16 children on Sunday – we have been praying for 12 under 12….WOW…..A sweet spirit prevails at Discovery – and many are just waiting to be asked to do volunteer chores….
I say all the above because I believe everything stated above is in direct response to God moving on our prayers
Please do not think if you come on Sunday evening you need to stay 2 hours…only a handful stay the full time……Please come and pray if it only takes 5 minutes…..you have heard me say before – there is something exponentially occurring when the church gathers as a body to PRAY. We saw that in Acts when they prayed 10 days and then God birthed the Church…..
As a sub-point yet no less important…..each Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 – we have prayer time at the church…everyone is welcome to join in that effort if your schedule permits.
There has been a sign up sheet on the credenza for those who would consider taking the Lord’s Supper to those either in the hospital – or homebound and unable to attend church service…..I’d like to use the remainder of October for sign-up – and then on Nov 6th have all who signed up meet at the church at 5:00 PM. We can practice on each other – there will be a few pointers as you enter the home/hospital room.
Vern and Carla Johnson are leading in this new service project.
· Discovery will do a couple nice projects to help others during the Christmas Season (1) a Sock Ministry for the homeless in Columbia….you purchase a nice pair of socks – and fill it with usable items for them…razor – soap – shampoo – etc. (2) Operation Christmas Child – shoeboxes for needy children around the world
· Rock Bridge girls golf team is going to the state — they have won the District and last week won the Sectional….this coming Monday/Tuesday they will be playing against 8 other teams at the CCC in Columbia…..Madison Duff is on the team – Go Bruins
· The D-Group I work with on Monday – took tons of canned food and 11 new large print bibles to the homeless veterans who live at Welcome Home on Range Line Street. We delivered this last Sunday afternoon
· Our son-in-law flew to Haiti yesterday. Mission Of Hope will be going through the area distributing food – water – medical supplies – and shelter for those who were displaced by Hurricane Matthew…..What Janeil does is equal to FEMA in America….Have no idea how long he will be in Haiti – please pray for the Haitians as they try to recover from this devestation….
· Joy Weir – at home following leg surgery….Joy’s son Andy – is also in the hospital in K.C.
· D-Group ministry to meet needs – disciple believers – and bring the lost to faith
· Jackie’s sister in Shelbina will see a specialist today (Thursday) – please pray for wisdom as a big decision will be made
D-Groups will study Joshua 6 next week – and next week’s Celebration service will be based on this Chapter —- the FALL OF JERICAHO
Joshua 6:22-27 Meanwhile, Joshua said to the two spies, “Keep your promise. Go to the prostitute’s house and bring her out, along with all her family.”23The men who had been spies went in and brought out Rahab, her father, mother, brothers, and all the other relatives who were with her. They moved her whole family to a safe place near the camp of Israel.24Then the Israelites burned the town and everything in it. Only the things made from silver, gold, bronze, or iron were kept for the treasury of the lord’s house. 25So Joshua spared Rahab the prostitute and her relatives who were with her in the house, because she had hidden the spies Joshua sent to Jericho. And she lives among the Israelites to this day.26At that time Joshua invoked this curse:“May the curse of the lord fall on anyonewho tries to rebuild the town of Jericho.At the cost of his firstborn son,he will lay its foundation.At the cost of his youngest son,he will set up its gates.”27So the lord was with Joshua, and his reputation spread throughout the land.