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Our Prayer Life – So Essential!

Psalm 5:3

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

82015 RayI’ve asked this question before and I’ll continue to ask it – How’s our prayer life?  I mean it!  When do we spend time in prayer?  How long do we spend in prayer?  What do we mention in our prayers?

The Psalmist writes: In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

If we don’t have a regular prayer time or devotion time – try what the Psalmist mentions and spend time in the morning – first thing.  I know it is tough for some.  If you are a single mom and you have children to get ready for school before you go to work – it might be tough finding even 5 minutes to sit before the Lord.  If you rise at 4 or 5 am to go to work – turning over for that last 5 minutes – hitting snooze on your alarm can be the best few moments.  But I believe if we made it a habit (not all habits are bad) to spend even just 5 minutes first thing in the morning before God we would shortly notice the difference in our day. Continue reading

November 6, 2015 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Morning Devotions

Psalm 5:3

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

IMG_0301Are you a morning person? Do you awaken early – bounce out of bed – have a smile on your face – and tackle your day with vigor and vitality? If so – you need to go to the doctor for a check-up – because that is just not right!! As a non-morning person – I can tell you – my father was a morning person – and he never seemed to understand that – although I look like him – was named after him – even went into the same calling (ordained ministry) – I’m just not a morning person. I did my best work late at night after the wife and children (when they were younger) – went to bed. I could get so much more done from 11 pm to 2 pm than from 5 to 8 am. Can anyone testify with me please!

OK – now before you get me wrong – I rarely sleep in these days. I’m up by 6 am most mornings – actually earlier 4 days each week when I am playing basketball (M-W-F) or getting ready for worship on Sunday mornings. Yet – I would love to sleep till 8 or so when given the chance. I rarely needed more than 4-6 hours of sleep when I was younger – so going to bed at 2 am and getting up by 8 am was a breeze. These days – I like to get my 8 hours – so going to bed by 10 pm to get up at 6 am is the norm. Continue reading

March 17, 2015 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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