“Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:13,14).
If you’re happy, & God has chosen to bless you at this time, be grateful and thank Him!— But in times of trouble, PRAY.
* God assumes we will pray (Matt. 6:9)!
~ Prayer is our lifeline (Rom. 8:26)
~ Prayer influences God to act (Jer. 33:3)
~ Prayer releases unimaginable power (Eph. 3:20)
~ Our prayers move God (2 Chron.33:13)
~ Our prayers are like gifts to God (Acts 10:5)
~ Prayer glorifies God (Ps. 50:15)
~ Prayer is for any kind of person (Matt. 6)
~ Prayer is learned (Matt. 6)
*We’re never too far gone in sin or too far along in our spiritual walk to pray.
As The Outpost continues to move forward amidst the enemy’s attacks, with plans to “re-launch” our Sunday service at the Elementary School and begin more wide-spread advertising about our existence, it’s more important than ever that we pray-- not just for our success, but for the families that make up our congregation and that we’re a part of. In light of this, I want to personally invite you to come to Redding this weekend for The Lord’s Prayer seminar.
I (Josh) will be teaching this seminar, developed by Bill, from 6:30 – 8:30pm on Friday, and from 9am – 3pm on Saturday at Neighborhood Church in Redding. As the name suggests, this class will expand and explain the amazing prayer that Jesus taught his disciples in Matt. Chapter 6. This class is simple enough for the newest believer to understand, but I guarantee that even the most seasoned Christian will find it valuable as well.
Please know one thing – this is not a plug in order to fill my class. I’m specifically making this appeal to you because I sense that the Lord is calling us, in Weaverville, to a deeper and more intense season of prayer, and we need to be prepared and equipped for that task. The “ball” is in your court now –I really hope to see you there (This is a guilt-free invitation!).
“The tree of mercy will not drop its fruit unless shaken by the hand of prayer”
-- Thomas Watson