People of Prayer

7/17/2005 7:41 AM
Title: TRUSTING GOD
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S: ?Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on
horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in
horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look
to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the Lord!? ?As a lion
roars, And a young lion over his prey (When a multitude of
shepherds is summoned against him, He will not be afraid of
their voice Nr be disturbed by their noise), So the LORD of
hosts will come down to fight for Mount Zion and for its
hill,? Isaiah 31:1, 4

O: These two verses are a comparison and contrast of each
other. One says WOE to those who trust in men, horses,
themselves. The other says what the person who trusts in
God will be like. They are two different types of people ?
trusting God, trusting self. One will be brought to
destruction, the other to full and abundant life ? with no
fear.

A: What do I trust in? Sunny View just sent me a new
contract proposal. I?ve already written a preliminary
response to them about it. And I realize that I haven?t
prayed about it ? at least not here ? I mean, I may have,
but may not have prayed about it in my mind. But I think I
should know.

I think there is some spiritual warfare going on at
different places. I think there is some apathetic
spiritual warfare. In the church, there is so much apathy
and ideas about church needing to be for the already
convinced?. I think of the lack of prayer that goes on.
Who are we leaning on. Yesterday Nancy Gillham said she
was interested in being the Prayer Coordinator. I thought
? that?s good. But why is the ones without vision and the
ones that don?t want to help accomplish anything the ones
that want to pray. Perhaps I need to make sure and remind
myself that they may be doing as much as I do.

It?s like when I watch my kids. I have to remind myself
that sitting and watching them play IS doing something.
Perhaps I need to remind myself that the prayers for The
Adventure ARE doing something ? and I think I am coming to
the conclusion that it is VASTLY more important than
anything I do or say or preach about or talk about, etc.

In other words, I am coming to the idea that The Adventure
needs to become a place of prayer.

This year I?ve really focused on making sure that they
church had in front of it, the idea of the LIFE Journals.
And I?ve seen an ever-increasing response from that. More
and more people are coming and are sharing what they know
and what it has done for them.

And I?m looking for things to focus on this next year. In
other words, I don?t want to give up the LIFE Journals, but
if I could really focus on one more thing ? what would it
be this next year? Perhaps it would be INVOLVEMENT ? and I
think it will be. I could treat it like I do with the area
of the journals ? bulletin announcements every week ?
stories in my sermon about people getting involved, etc.

But what I?m wondering is, should it be about prayer.
Should my next major focus be about the prayer time ? that
we pray before church, we pray after church, we pray during
the week, we pray by ourselves, we pray when we?re in
trouble, we pray when we?re having good times and parties,
we are a praying church.

P: Lord, lead me to focus on prayer. Lead me to lead my
church to fight the spiritual warfare in the church, in our
lives, in our families, and in our friends through prayer.
Help us in whatever way possible, to make sure and become
a people of prayer. Please lead us, Lord. Please direct
me.

I love you, Lord. Please keep making me a man of prayer.

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