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The Power of Spirit Led Prayer

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Romans 8:26 “In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.”

Prayer is a powerful act because it is supernatural. Spirit led prayer is an interaction of the work of the Spirit, the Word of God and our obedience. Many people pray in many different ways. Some pray long prayers, some emotional prayers, some pray using list and some pray spontaneously. But, whatever your “style” of prayer is, make sure it is Spirit led. When we pray, as the Bible teaches us to pray, the Holy Spirit joins us as He intercedes and empowers our prayers which leads to supernatural results. As Christians, we have the privilege of approaching God’s throne and laying our concerns at His feet as we pray “in step” with the Spirit. (1 Peter 5:7). 

Do you desire to see your life change? Is there someone in your family or someone you know that needs a touch from God? Prayer is where you start but that’s not where it ends. God works through us as we pray according to the Spirit and in line with the Word. However, the prayer process does not stop when we say ‘amen’. We are invited by God to follow our prayer with obedience as the Spirit leads us. This is Spirit Led Prayer.

Henry Blackaby gives us eight steps by which we encounter Spirit-led prayer. Take time today to pray according to the Spirit and listen for God’s directions. I know you will be blessed.

  1. God takes the initiative. If you desire to pray, consider it as God calling you to prayer.  When we pray it’s because God summons us into His presence.
  2. The Spirit of God reveals the will of God through the Word of God. The Holy Spirit takes the words and truths of Scripture and impresses them on our minds. As we pray, He will bring specific Scriptures to our minds.
  3. The Holy Spirit helps us pray in agreement with what God is saying (Romans 8:26).  Our natural tendency is to meet God’s word with unbelief. The Holy Spirit works to align our hearts and minds to accept what God is saying.
  4. When God gives us direction through prayer. He will confirm His word through the bible, circumstances and other believers.
  5. We adjust our lives to what God says. Once God speaks to us, we cannot remain the same. God’s Word always requires adjustment on our part.
  6. We obey God. All of God’s speaking to us means little unless we do what He tells us.
  7. God works in and through us to accomplish His revealed purposes.
  8. We experience God through our obedient response to God’s Word to us.

Have a blessed day,
Pastor Mack

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Love Your Enemies

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Matthew 5:43-48 (HCSB)
“You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Let’s get real.

In light of the recent terrorist attack in Nice, France, where 80+ people were brutally run down by a large truck, we may find ourselves struggling to love those who harm others. In fact, it is far easier to hate them, excluding them from God’s command to love our enemies. Exercising love to our enemies can be downright painful. Taking it even further, we may automatically assume it is an Islamic terrorist attack and our minds immediately add that to the hate registry in our hearts. 

Last month at Glen Meadows, we had the privilege of hearing from John Wainwright (an expert on the Quran). John shared many enlightening facts that opened our eyes to the world of Islam. Following that experience, I found myself passionately talking about how the Church needs to be the hands and feet of Jesus. We need to become missional in our hearts and our actions to reach all who are lost…including Muslims. After all, Christ wishes that none would perish (2 Peter 3:9).

Jesus is calling us to make disciples of everyone, not the ones we find it easy to love

Even with Love being the greatest command (Matthew 22:34-40), and Making Disciples of “All Nations” (Matthew 28:18-20) the mission, we find ourselves living out a difficult conundrum in our hearts. The conundrum is this… love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us or hate them and retreat from His mission. Do we truly believe that Christ's command to make disciples includes “All Nations”? Jesus is calling us to make disciples of everyone, not the ones we find it easy to love but “all” people, even during times where evil is brutally and senselessly massacring the innocent. Yes, Jesus is calling us to join Him in His mission to reach the lost (Luke 19:10). It is not up to us to decide who qualifies for Christ’s love, it is not up to us to decide when and where we live out His mission. It is our responsibility to love “all” people, even when every fiber in our being wants to hate our enemies, and bring man’s justice upon them. Make no mistake, this is a tragedy and an evil act of violence. The question is, how do we respond?

 This morning I invite all of you to join me in prayer:

  1. That the Lord brings comfort to those who are mourning the loss of loved ones.
  2. That my heart does not become hard toward a people who need to know Christ.
  3. That my passion for being on mission with Christ, does not shrink back in fear but instead grows bolder in these perilous times.
  4. That the Father is exalted and glorified by His Church.

Peace,

Jim Booth

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