Turn to Prayer

We live in a culture largely influenced by technology. For many, the Internet has a near-omnipresent quality to it. It is always there when you need it, as long as you can get at least a few bars with your Wi-Fi. For example, if you need some advice, just type in your problem, and Google's powerful search engines will give you a full batch of websites, documents and blogs offering an answer. If you’re not sure how to fix your smart phone, your car, your sink or any other broken item, you can always go to YouTube. There you will find a video of someone who has already done it in 27 easy steps.

The Internet can be quick and helpful in tackling some of the issues of life, but where do you and I go, or to whom do we turn when facing the deeper issues of life? When we experience anxiety and stress over significant health issues, when we wonder how our budget will get us through another year, when we want to see changes in our character, when we long to see the gospel changing those around us, when we are desperate to experience the joy of the Lord, when we want our love for others to grow stronger and our sin to grow weaker, when we want to be more fruitful in our lives, in our church— we must turn to the Lord of heaven and earth who is the sovereign God.

One of the most basic and yet often overlooked ways of turning to the Lord is through prayer. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, believers have full access to God (Heb 10:19-23). Jesus promised:

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you" ( John 15:16,17).

Do you hear Jesus’ amazing invitation to bring our needs to Him? Jesus assures us that the Father will provide all that we need as we come to him in prayer! So why are we so often sluggish or forgetful to pray? In his book The Praying Life, Paul Miller offers this insight:

“Instinctively, we are either confident in ourselves or despairing in ourselves. In both cases we are paralyzed, not moving toward God. Like a parent whose toddler is about to wander off, Jesus is yelling, ‘My Father has a big heart. He loves the details of your life. Tell Him what you need and He will do it for you.’ Jesus wants us to tap into the generous heart of His Father. He wants us to lose all confidence in ourselves because ‘apart from Me you can do nothing.’”

The Church, biblically defined, is not a building; rather, it is comprised of men and women who have been redeemed. As Christ works in our individual lives, the church grows because, collectively, we bear fruit. Only as the power of the Holy Spirit is moving through the hearts of believers is the church able to fulfill the mission to which God has called us.

So, in our time of need, to whom will we turn as a church? We will turn to the Lord Who builds the house! This Saturday night we will gather as a church family for our Night of Worship & Prayer. We are committed to expressing our utter dependence on God to provide all that we need as a local body in this season. We believe Jesus’ declaration in Matthew 16:18, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” We plan to pray much, and, as a part of the family of God, it is important that you are there. See you Saturday night!

 

For His Glory Alone,

    Brett