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How’s Our Prayer Life?

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.

I ask this question often 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? How essential is our prayer life – to us?

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. For instance – if you are a single parent 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

January 22, 2018 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Asking For Prayers

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

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

In the Morning, Lord

Psalm 5:3

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice

profileWhen are you at your best? Not everyone on earth is a morning person. My wife doesn’t like to get up and doesn’t like to be awakened. If there were a time of the day when she was less than perfect – it would be first thing in the morning (but only slightly less than perfect).

I’m not what you would call a morning person either. In my younger days I would have considered myself an evening person. Some of my best work would be after Carolyn and the girls went to sleep. I would get my second wind and churn out a sermon or a paper for school. I might be up till 2 or 3 in the morning and it was nothing for me to sleep until 7 or 8 am. Nowadays I seem to be ready for bed around 9 or 10 pm and seem to be wide-awake – many mornings – by 4 or 5 am. Some mornings I can roll over and catch a few more winks or simply stay in bed thinking. Continue reading

April 10, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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