We are all connected

We are all connected

With Pastor Brad out of town this week, we are holding our next installment of “How to Pray” until next week. Nevertheless, we want to continue to post a new message, so I hope that you will enjoy this week’s message. Let’s be honest, when they passed the seat belt law in Missouri, how many of us were outraged? I mean, come on. Whether or not I wear my seat belt, shouldn’t matter to anyone else, it only affects me. We have been seduced into thinking that we are independent and can live out our lives in isolation. But is that really scriptural? Have you ever been sleeping at night only to be awoken for no apparent reason? I have always heard that when that happens we need to pray, but for who or what? Look into the Word of God with me and let’s find out what He says about us being connected one to another. In Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book, How to Switch on Your Brain, she defines a quantum physics term: The Law of Entanglement. It states that relationship is the defining characteristic of everything in space and time. Because of the pervasive (existing in every part of something : spreading to all parts of something) nature of the entanglement of atomic particles, the relationship is independent of distance and requires no physical link. Everything and everyone is linked, and we all affect each other. Romans 12:4-5 – For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5) So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and...

Pray without Ceasing

At this time we are working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. Pray without ceasing? What does it actually mean, does it mean that we should go around all day every day praying? How is that possible? Join Pastor Brad and I as we look into this passage this week on How to Pray. Acts 12:5 – Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.  Pray, as we have already discussed, is the Greek word  pros-yoo’-khom-ahee , which means to supplicate, worship, to pray earnestly. Without Ceasing is the Greek word ek-ten-ace’ : intent:–without ceasing, fervent. It comes from ek-ti’-no : to stretch; to extend stretch forth. It’s root word is ek : a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds). A powerless prayer is one that is without heart, without compassion. Can we be honest with ourselves here for a moment? How many times has someone asked you to agree with them in prayer on a certain issue and we said sure, only to unintentionally forget to pray for them at all or to just mouth a prayer so that we wouldn’t be a liar. Sound familiar? This is a prayer without heart or compassion, a powerless prayer. Without ceasing in the Greek is a pictorial word that shows the soul of one being stretched out toward or for another. Was this the fight that Paul was talking about in 2 Timothy 4:7? Paul uses the Greek word for fight, ag-one’ which means properly, a place of assembly, i.e. a...

Praying To God

At this time we are working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. Ever feel like your prayers weren’t getting through? This week we begin to look at praying with power. Acts 12:5 – Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. The manner and method of this prayer is described in a few words: “but prayer (or; Greek for oratory worship, supplication, getting into with) was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.” Without ceasing is the Greek word ek-ten-ace’ : intent; fervent. It comes from the word ek-ti’-no: to stretch; to extend. The root word here is ek: a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), but this topic is reserved for a later discussion. This week we want to focus on the words “unto God”. Prayer that has power is a prayer that is “unto God”. I know that brings up the question: Isn’t all prayer unto God? In order for a prayer to be unto God, there must be a definite and conscious approach to God when we pray. We must have a definite and vivid realization that God is bending over us and listening as we pray. This brings to our minds a comment that we heard from Jesse Duplantis. He said that when he is praying to God for himself that he can receive the answer that day. Sound presumptuous, cocky, or an outright lie, or has he found a depth in his relationship with God that we haven’t entered...

We Need To Pray

At this time we are working through R.A. Torrey’s book “How to Pray,” published by Whitaker House Publishing. Why do you pray? If you have grown up in church or at least been to church for some time, I am sure that you have heard on many occasions that we “need” to pray. But have you ever asked yourself, “why do I need to pray?” This week Pastor Brad and I addressed this topic in our morning devotions and want to share with you what God has said in His Word about the need to pray. Luke 21:38-29 (It is not a typo, read it backwards on purpose.) vs. 38) And all the people came early in the morning to Him in the temple, for to hear Him. 37) And in the day time He was teaching in the temple, and at night He went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives. 36)Watch ye therefore, and pray always that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. 35) For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 34) And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged(or; burden) with surfeiting,(or; hangover), and drunkenness, (intoxicant), and cares (or; distractions) of this life, so that day come upon you unawares. 33) Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my Words shall not pass away. 32) Verily, I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away till all...