Thursday, March 29, 2007

Two-Way Prayer

(These, like usual, are my unedited notes from my talk on 3/25/07.)

I want to start with a story that I think you’ll like…

Well-known Broadway producer Jed Harris once became convinced he was losing his hearing. He visited a specialist, who pulled out a gold watch and asked "Can you hear this ticking?" "Of course," Harris replied. The specialist walked to the door and asked the question again. Harris concentrated and said, "Yes, I can hear it clearly." Then the doctor walked into the next room and repeated the question a third time. A third time Harris said he could hear the ticking. "Mr. Harris," the doctor concluded, "there is nothing wrong with your hearing. You just don't listen."

When many people think of conversation they focus on the, “What am I going to say?” part. They forget that for conversation to be real and meaningful it has to be a two-way thing.

You have to listen as much, if not more than you, speak! To have a meaningful conversation you have to also focus on the “How can I really listen to them?” part.

Professional golfer Tommy Bolt was playing in Los Angeles and had a caddy with a reputation of constant chatter. Before they teed off, Bolt told him, "Don't say a word to me. And if I ask you something, just answer yes or no." During the round, Bolt found the ball next to a tree, where he had to hit under a branch, over a lake and onto the green. He got down on his knees and looked through the trees and sized up the shot.

"What do you think?" he asked the caddy. "Five-iron?"
"No, Mr. Bolt," the caddy said.
"What do you mean, not a five-iron?" Bolt snorted.
"Watch this shot."
The caddy rolled his eyes. "No-o-o, Mr. Bolt."

But Bolt hit it and the ball stopped about two feet from the hole. He turned to his caddy, handed him the five-iron and said, "Now what do you think about that? You can talk now." "Mr. Bolt," the caddy said, "that wasn't your ball."

When people only focus on themselves and what they have to say, then they miss out on a major part of the conversation!

When you change the focus and begin to focus on listening more it changes everything! When you really start listening people will want to talk to you, because being heard is what we all crave!

Jim Reapsome, Homemade.
Teenage prostitutes, during interviews in a San Francisco study, were asked: "Is there anything you needed most and couldn't get?" Their response, invariably preceded by sadness and tears was unanimous: "What I needed most was someone to listen to me. Someone who cared enough to listen to me."

Listening is the missing ingredient to meaningful conversations and powerful relationships.

But you know what? This concept doesn’t just apply to conversation. This same concept applies to prayer! Most people think of prayer as one-way. I ask. I get. They focus on the, “What am I going to say to God?” part.

But that’s only a small portion of what prayer is! Prayer is a conversation with God. What’s a conversation? It’s two-way! When pray we need to not just be in a talking-mode, but we need to also be in a listening-mode!

Listening is the missing ingredient to meaningful prayer and a powerful relationship with God.

C.S. Lewis said, “The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists in shoving it all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other, larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.”

When we don’t pray we miss out on some things.

James 4:2-3 says, “You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Did you hear what James said? There are some things we don’t have in our lives because we don’t ask God for them!

That’s a big deal, but what I really want us to realize today is that we also miss out on getting direction from God when we don’t pray. That’s even more important!

Like I told you guys a couple Sundays ago, I’ve been really feeling like God is calling me and us as a church, to pray more. I came across two stories from God’s word that have really been making me think about how much we miss out from hearing from God when we don’t take time to pray.

I want you to see these stories today. The first one is in Acts 9:3-19.

Saul, before he became a Christ follower and was later called Paul, was eager to destroy the Lord's followers. He went to the high priest and asked for letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus.

He asked their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them—both men and women—back to Jerusalem in chains.

He had no mercy about this and people were afraid of him! But he didn’t know that his life was about to be changed forever on his road trip to Damascus, on his way to capture these Christ-followers.

Listen to what its says in Acts 9:3-6…
As he was nearing Damascus on this mission, a brilliant light from heaven suddenly beamed down upon him! 4He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?"

5"Who are you, sir?" Saul asked. And the voice replied, "I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you are to do."

Anybody notice something about what Jesus said that shows his connection to the church?

Jesus told Saul that he was persecuting HIM! He didn’t say, “You’re persecuting my followers. He said, “You’re persecuting me!” Alright let’s keep going…

7The men with Saul stood speechless with surprise, for they heard the sound of someone's voice, but they saw no one! 8As Saul picked himself up off the ground, he found that he was blind. 9So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days. And all that time he went without food and water.

Now listen to what happens next…

10Now there was a believer F43 in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, "Ananias!" "Yes, Lord!" he replied.

11The Lord said, "Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you arrive, ask for Saul of Tarsus. He is praying to me right now. 12I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying his hands on him so that he can see again."

Do you know what I like about this part where God tells Ananias where Paul is? It gives us a glimpse of God’s knowledge of us. It shows that God knows where you’re at right now in your life.

He knows where you are figuratively (what you’re going through) and in reality (he knows your address!)
God understands what’s happening in your life and where to find you.

But besides that, think about what God just told poor, old, innocent Ananias! God just told him, “Hey, Ananias I want you to go pray and lay hands on the guy who’s been trying to throw all my followers like you in prison.” How would you feel if God told you to go do that? Probably the same way Ananias felt! Listen to his response…

13"But Lord," exclaimed Ananias, "I've heard about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! 14And we hear that he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest every believer in Damascus."

15But the Lord said, "Go and do what I say. For Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. 16And I will show him how much he must suffer for me."

17So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you may get your sight back and be filled with the Holy Spirit." 18Instantly something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. 19Afterward he ate some food and was strengthened.

Can you imagine how different things would’ve been if Paul didn’t hear from Jesus that day on the road to Damascus?

Can you imagine what would’ve happened if Ananias wouldn’t have heard God and actually did what God told him?

When we don’t take time to pray and hear from God WE miss out, and OTHERS miss out, on important things that could change our lives for ever!

We’ve got to take time to pray. We’ve got to learn to “listen” more when we pray!

In, “Our Daily Bread”, December 29, 1993 issue it told a story about a prisoner in a Soviet prison camp named Ivan, “Ivan endured all the horrors of a Soviet prison camp. One day he is praying with his eyes closed when a fellow prisoner notices him and says with ridicule, "Prayers won't help you get out of here any faster." Opening his eyes, Ivan answers, "I do not pray to get out of prison but to do the will of God."

When we don’t take time for “two-way” prayer we miss out on knowing God’s will and direction for us. We miss out on knowing what he wants us to do!

Prayer helps us to discover God’s will and to surrender ourselves to it.

E. Stanley Jones in
Liberating Ministry From The Success Syndrome, said this… “Prayer is surrender--surrender to the will of God and cooperation with that will. If I throw out a boathook from the boat and catch hold of the shore and pull, do I pull the shore to me, or do I pull myself to the shore? Prayer is not pulling God to my will, but the aligning of my will to the will of God.”

There’s another amazing example of this in a story in the next chapter in Acts 10.

1In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. 2He was a devout man who feared the God of Israel, as did his entire household. He gave generously to charity and was a man who regularly prayed to God. (Did you catch that?) 3One afternoon about three o'clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. "Cornelius!" the angel said.

4Cornelius stared at him in terror. "What is it, sir?" he asked the angel. And the angel replied, "Your prayers and gifts to the poor have not gone unnoticed by God! 5Now send some men down to Joppa to find a man named Simon Peter. 6He is staying with Simon, a leatherworker who lives near the shore. Ask him to come and visit you."

Let’s pause the story for a second, cause I don’t want you to miss this…

Don’t ever think your prayers or your actions are useless! What this angel just told Cornelius is something that should remind us that God pays attention to our words and actions! (Did you also again notice God knew someone’s current address?) Alright, let’s get back to the story…

7As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of his personal attendants. 8He told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa.

Alright now watch what happens the next day…

Peter Visits Cornelius

9The next day as Cornelius's messengers were nearing the city, Peter went up to the flat roof to pray. (Did you catch what Peter took time to do, like Cornelius did?) It was about noon, 10and he was hungry. But while lunch was being prepared, he fell into a trance. 11He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners. 12In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds. 13Then a voice said to him, "Get up, Peter; kill and eat them."

14"Never, Lord," Peter declared. "I have never in all my life eaten anything forbidden by our Jewish laws. F48 "

15The voice spoke again, "If God says something is acceptable, don't say it isn't." F49 16The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was pulled up again to heaven.

17Peter was very perplexed. What could the vision mean? Just then the men sent by Cornelius found the house and stood outside at the gate. 18They asked if this was the place where Simon Peter was staying. 19Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, "Three men have come looking for you. 20Go down and go with them without hesitation. All is well, for I have sent them."

21So Peter went down and said, "I'm the man you are looking for. Why have you come?"

22They said, "We were sent by Cornelius, a Roman officer. He is a devout man who fears the God of Israel and is well respected by all the Jews. A holy angel instructed him to send for you so you can go to his house and give him a message." 23So Peter invited the men to be his guests for the night. The next day he went with them, accompanied by some other believers F50 from Joppa.

24They arrived in Caesarea the following day. Cornelius was waiting for him and had called together his relatives and close friends to meet Peter. 25As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell to the floor before him in worship. 26But Peter pulled him up and said, "Stand up! I'm a human being like you!" 27So Cornelius got up, and they talked together and went inside where the others were assembled.

28Peter told them, "You know it is against the Jewish laws for me to come into a Gentile home like this. But God has shown me that I should never think of anyone as impure. 29So I came as soon as I was sent for. Now tell me why you sent for me."

30Cornelius told Peter the story of what happened when he was praying and how God told him to send for Peter. Then he said, “Now here we are, waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you."

The Gentiles Hear the Good News

34Then Peter replied, "I see very clearly that God doesn't show partiality. 35In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. 36I'm sure you have heard about the Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37You know what happened all through Judea, beginning in Galilee after John the Baptist began preaching. 38And no doubt you know that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the Devil, for God was with him.

39"And we apostles are witnesses of all he did throughout Israel and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by crucifying him, 40but God raised him to life three days later…”

Peter tells them the rest of the story and how Jesus is the one the prophets foretold about. And as he’s finishing something amazing happens

The Gentiles Receive the Holy Spirit

44Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who had heard the message. 45The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out upon the Gentiles, too. 46And there could be no doubt about it, for they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter asked, 47"Can anyone object to their being baptized, now that they have received the Holy Spirit just as we did?" 48So he gave orders for them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Afterward Cornelius asked him to stay with them for several days.

This was a life changing experience for Cornelius and his friends and family. But it also was a life changing experience for Peter, because he and the other Disciples didn’t really understand that Jesus’ death and resurrection was for the world, not just for the Jews. When he saw them speak in tongues like they did, which was the sign that they were baptized in the Holy Spirit, he knew God accepted everyone through Jesus.

  • What would’ve happened if Cornelius didn’t take time that day to have “two-way” prayer with God? Would Cornelius’ and his friends and family ever have become Christ-followers if he didn’t? How long would it have taken this to happen?

  • What would’ve happened if Peter didn’t take time that day to have “two-way” prayer with God? Would he ever have known that Jesus died for the world, not just the Jews? How long would it have taken him to realize this?

When we don’t take time regularly for “two-way” prayer, then we miss out on things God wants to give us and do in our lives. But, we also miss out on something more important – we miss out on knowing God’s will and hearing from God.

Ps. 46:10 says "Be still, and know that I am God…”

William Barclay in “Prodigals and Those Who Love” gives us 3 things we need to always remember when we pray…

When we pray, remember:

1. The love of God that wants the best for us.
2. The wisdom of God that knows what is best for us.
3. The power of God that can accomplish it.

Every great believer who God has ever done amazing things in and through has known how important “two-prayer” is!

Martin Luther said, “If I should neglect prayer but a single day, I should lose a great deal of the fire of faith.”

John Bunyon said, “Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer."

If we want God to do amazing things in and through our lives we have to spend more time in “two-way” prayer. It takes silence. It takes regular practice. It takes seeing how important it is and making time for it in our busy lives!

How does God speak to us? (Ask people)

1. Through his word.

2. Through others.

3. Through situations.

4. Through that still small voice.

5. Through dreams and visions. (Speaking in front of a large crowd before Bethany. Did it when we rapped.)

We need to always test what we feel God’s telling us through any of these other ways with his Word. God will never contradict or go against what he says in his word!

Listening is the missing ingredient to meaningful prayer and a powerful relationship with God! I want to encourage you to spend time this week talking and listening to God!

He might already be trying to speak to you about something you just haven’t stopped to listen or notice what he’s saying!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

“A New Beginning And A New Experience”

I think we, as a church, are on the edge of something new.

  • Can you imagine what it would be like to be a part of a faith community – that God was doing amazing things in and through?
  • Can you imagine what’d it be like to be a part of a growing influence that touches Palo Alto, the Peninsula, and Silicon Valley with God’s love?

I really believe that’s God’s going to do something new in and through us, through this. We’ve gone through a lot of ups and downs as a church and individually over the last two years.

When we usually think of trials and problems we think they’re a sign that something’s wrong. But what if they’re actually a sign that something’s RIGHT?

A guy named Neil Cole, who has started over 700 small organic churches in 32 states and 23 countries said something in his book called, “Organic Church” that I want you to hear. In a section titled, “The Church That Is Growing Will Face Opposition” he said this…

“Jesus said that we would face resistance as the church starts to grow. He identified the antagonism as what comes from Hades. Wherever the church is alive and growing, hell is opposing it.”

“One sign of a healthy church is that she faces hostility from hell. A preached once said, ‘If you wake up in the morning and don’t run into the enemy head on, then maybe you’re going in the wrong direction.’ Ed Silvoso rightly points out that ‘the Bible doesn’t say to ignore the devil and he will flee from you.’ We must stand firm and resist the enemy.”

I think that some of the opposition we’ve felt in this and some it that some of you are going through now is because the devil knows if we succeed as a church, YOU will be different, your friends will be different, and the people in Palo Alto and this area will be different!

So he wants to do whatever he can to get us to give up and quit!

But something happened at the end of last year, when we as a church were running low on finances to afford to meet somewhere. We prayed and we moved back into a house.

That when something changed. Something happened in us over the last 13 Sundays we’ve been meeting like this.

I don’t know how to describe it, but I’m different and you’re different. You see God took the things the devil wanted to use to discourage us, and get us to give up, and God used them to put us in a new direction.

It’s more in the direction that I think He had for us from the beginning. We just didn’t know it!

I just read an article in the ezine “Serve”. It was called “Kindness to Go!”

“I’ve discovered an amazing thing, fresh vision doesn’t usually come during zippity do da times when everything good is happening, or when there is positive forward movement and things are good. Fresh vision usually comes during times of crisis.”

”At times vision is developed when we have hit a wall, when we have to dig deep, rethink and go back to the drawing board. For example:
Israel faced a major crisis, the King had just died, What to do?, what to do? Isaiah dug deep, prayed and cried out. Then Isaiah saw the Lord, and was propelled inward to deal with his stuff and into outward-ness as the question was asked, ‘Who will go for me?’, ‘Here am I send me,’ was the answer.”

I feel like that happened to us. We hit a wall, got a new vision, and by going this new direction we are beginning to answer God’s call “Who will go for me?”

We’re going and expanding by doing these new groups.

Remember in Matt. 13:31-33 where Jesus said?

"The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. 32It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants and grows into a tree where birds can come and find shelter in its branches."

33Jesus also used this illustration: "The Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast used by a woman making bread. Even though she used a large amount F74 of flour, the yeast permeated every part of the dough."

The mustard seed was planted. The yeast spread throughout the dough. These groups are in a way planting and spreading us around the Peninsula.

But, I think they’re more than that!

This new form that’d we’re morphing into could be revolutionary in your life. These groups could become the most practical experience with the church you’ve ever had. I’m not exaggerating!

How or why can it be revolutionary?

Personally designed for where you’re at and your needs
The leaders are going to be able to design the group to fit your and their own needs.

It’s going to be a chance to walk with Jesus and know him more personally.

Interactive – from passive to active mode

You’re going to be able to pray for any needs people have, and talk about life, what God’s teaching you, laugh, pray, think and live out God’s Word.

Application – we’ll begin living out more of what we believe.
I believe we’ll begin to live out the truth that we know more. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again… The key to success in any area of life is not found in the complicated steps, but in the simple, obvious and basic steps! These group will help us to do this together and inspire us to do them on our own in our everyday lives!

There are two main goals that we have in doing these groups. It comes from a thought and passage so simple and obvious that I’m almost embarrassed to tell you it.

But, I’m praying that the Holy Spirit hits you with the power of it when I say it.

Our two main goals are inspired from John 3:16. But before I read it to you, I want to remind you of something. This is obvious but it hit me when I read this verse the other day.

When we usually hear this verse we think about it as a simple statement ABOUT God and his love. But that’s not what it is! It’s not a simple statement ABOUT and his love! It’s a simple statement FROM God about his love.

The person saying these words I’m about to read is Jesus! He’s telling these words to Nicodemus after he just told him that flesh can only produce flesh. The only way to see and be a part of the kingdom of heaven is to be born again.

And in the middle of telling him about what he means it’s like he suddenly reveals the truth heart of God. He looks at him and says in John 3:16….

16"For God so loved (I so loved) the world that he gave his only Son (I offer myself), so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. 17God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.

Our two main goals for these groups that comes from this are:

  1. Our goal is for people in your group to grow. Grow as a Christ-follower. Jesus loves you. He wants you to know him more in your mind and in your experience. He wants you to love him more – love him with our lifestyle.
  2. Our goal is for your group to grow. We want more people to know Jesus. We want to show with our actions to the people around us that God loves them. I want us in these groups to begin praying for friends we want to Jesus.

But all this revolutionary change isn’t just going to happen when you show up together next Sunday. It’s going to take is a commitment from us in 2 basic ways:

  1. A commitment to personally seek Jesus more and help others to know him. . Like Brett said last Sunday, if you want to more of an aroma of Jesus to the people around you then you need to fall more in love with him!

  2. A commitment to be with this group of friends for the 8 weeks and see what God does in you and them through the process. Be with them physically, but also really be with them. Come with the purpose to enjoy it. Come with the purpose to give and get something out of your time together.

These groups will to be self-serve and do-it-yourself. That means that you make it as good as it is. When you help the leader, when you participate, when you suggest ideas, then you’ll see growth!

In this new mode of church, there are some things I want to encourage you to try to live out over the next 4 months. We need to try and live them out individually and together in our groups. These are things that I think will help that revolutionary change happen:

· Incarnational: Being Jesus’s hands, feet and voice on your own and together. I did that donut outreach for a reason to show you how easy and fun it can be! For $.6.75 and 20-30 minutes of your time you can show someone’s God’s love! I want to encourage you to come up with ways to do this on your own. I want to encourage you to do this with a friend or two. Over the semester I want to encourage your group to something! Be creative. Make it simple and cheap.

· Outward focused: These groups aren’t about just growing us, but about helping Jesus to show someone else he loves them. I want you to be praying on your own and as a group about friends, neighbors, or co-workers you can invite. Think about who you really wish was a part of your group and start praying for them.

We might meet in public places. Coffeehouse, park, ?
Read from “Organic Church” 2nd par. P. 23 – ending top of p. 24

In Luke 5:31-32 of the Message Paraphrase: It says, "Jesus heard about it and spoke up, 'Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? I'm here inviting outsiders, not insiders-- and invitation to a changed life, changed inside and out." ***That’s why we want to be outward focused, cause when we are we’re like Jesus!***

· Connection – knowing God and the people in your group more. I’ve already talked about this, but I want to make sure you understand something…

I don’t expect or even want you to become best friends with everyone in your group. It’s not even realistic! I just want you to get to know them and appreciate them more. I want you to let your self be known more by your group! I want you to go from just knowing that person’s name and few facts about them, to knowing more of their story and who they ARE!

Focus on doing that and letting people know you more and just and see what happens! You might end up with a new close friend out of it. You might just learn to appreciate and understand someone more.

· Communion as common meal – The early church shared communion and it wasn’t just a cracker and juice. It was a FULL meal!

It was having a meal together and with God to remember what Jesus did! It reminds me of what Jesus says in Revelation 3:20-22, “Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends. 21I will invite everyone who is victorious to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. 22Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches."

Maybe you’ll have a meal together as a group on one of the Sundays – maybe a breakfast or a lunch. Don’t just have a meal, but somehow do it in a way to remember and celebrate Jesus or what he’s doing in your life. Maybe you’ll have a meal with just a few people from your group that you have over and you have a chance to talk, and laugh and celebrate what God’s doing in your group’s life.

· Knowing (living) God’s word – I want to encourage you on your own and in your groups to focus on knowing God’s word more in your heads and figuring out more how to live it in your lives! Take these next 4 months and really digest God’s word. Feed on large amounts of it and talk about it together!

· Praying for each other and others – I believe that God wants us to begin to pray and believe him for more things in our lives and in the lives of people we know.

I believe what I’m about to tell you is a prophetic word for us and those of you who know me know I DON’T talk about "prophetic word’s" like this ever…

In John 4:46-54 there’s a story…

46In the course of his (Jesus’) journey through Galilee, he arrived at the town of Cana, where he had turned the water into wine. There was a government official in the city of Capernaum whose son was very sick. 47When he heard that Jesus had come from Judea and was traveling in Galilee, he went over to Cana. He found Jesus and begged him to come to Capernaum with him to heal his son, who was about to die.

48Jesus asked, "Must I do miraculous signs and wonders before you people will believe in me?"

49The official pleaded, "Lord, please come now before my little boy dies."

50Then Jesus told him, "Go back home. Your son will live!" And the man believed Jesus' word and started home.

51While he was on his way, some of his servants met him with the news that his son was alive and well. 52He asked them when the boy had begun to feel better, and they replied, "Yesterday afternoon at one o'clock his fever suddenly disappeared!" 53Then the father realized it was the same time that Jesus had told him, "Your son will live." And the officer and his entire household believed in Jesus. 54This was Jesus' second miraculous sign in Galilee after coming from Judea.

This is the prophetic part… I believe that we each need to go to Jesus and beg and plead and ask him to speak life over and into this church.

We need this whole thing needs to be bathed and covered in prayer. We to get together different times and pray together about this - for our groups, for Palo Alto, etc…

God has put this prayer focus on my heart and he’s put it on Ioannis’ heart.

But, you know what? I don’t want to set some prayer times up. I don’t want to ask you and convince you that it’s important to come. That’s the old centralized way to do things!

I’m praying that God has and does put it on some of your hearts to do this on your own. I praying and believing that God has and will cause some of you to make these times to get together and pray happen on your own.

I’m believing that God will cause some of you to want to talk to people about doing this. That’ll you’ll get groups together to pray – whether it’s just a couple of you, just the people in your group or it’s people in our church as a whole!

But, it will have to be something God puts on your hearts and that you act on if it’s going to be the kind of prayer that helps us see the Holy Spirit move in and through us in a new way!

Close With This
-Pray and then pass out the commitment cards and have people sign them. Have them pass them back up front face down.

-Pray for Brett, Dave and Georgianna