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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.

Many times I ask this question to myself and to the congregation I serve as well as to those who read this blog post. 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? Do we find ourselves running out of things to pray for or do we run out of time in our prayer times?

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 or dad and 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 we rise at 4 or 5 am to go to work – turning over for that last 5 minutes – hitting snooze on our alarm can be the best few moments. But I believe if we make 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

April 25, 2017 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Start Your Day with Prayer

Psalms 19:14

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgFrom my childhood until today I remember praying.  I learned the Lord’s Prayer as a wee lad.  I learned prayers to say at the table before a meal at my father’s knee.  I learned to pray at my bedside – by watching my dad.  I learned to pray in church and in Sunday School (of course the preacher’s son was called on in front of the whole class to pray because the preacher’s son should be able to pray I was told).  I learned to pray with fancy words – and I learned to pray as if I was speaking to a friend – and everything in between.  I learned to pray verbally and to pray silently in my heart.  I learned that prayer was speaking to God.  I learned that my words were not as important as my attitude when I came before God in prayer.

As a pastor I have lifted many prayers.  I have prayed at the birth of children – I have prayed at the death of children.  I have prayed over still born children – I have prayed for preemies that would fit in the palm of my hand.  I have prayed for the sick – I have prayed for the well – I have prayed for the dying.  I have prayed at baptisms and dedications – I have prayed over communion and over couples at weddings.  I have prayed for the healing of the sick and I have prayed for the healing of marriages.  I have prayed at Morning Prayer services – at revivals – at special services and regular weekly services – and I would imagine that many of our readers have learned to pray in many of these same ways and times as well. Continue reading

August 11, 2014 Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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