Prayer – Our Hotline to Heaven
That we should pray is not a matter of opinion, or even choice. We are commanded to pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17), invited to pray (1 Timothy 2:1-3). Jesus taught on prayer, and yes, He even prayed (John 11:41; John 12:27-28). Prayer is found throughout the Bible (Exodus 8:30; Isaiah 37:15; Acts 12:5). By that I mean prayer is found across a wide span of history, cultures, languages, characters, personalities and geographic areas. Kings and beggars pray. The rich and poor pray. Prayer is common to all humans, even if in the atheist – it oozes out as a kind of idealists ‘wish list’.
Here at Calvary we are now approaching the time when we appoint a new leader (Lead Elder). We are also building up towards our GOMissions months in October. In all, this makes the next 9 weeks very prophetic in our life as a church. As I write this, we are eight months into our interim phase following the ending of Pastor Lorenzo’s fifteen years as Senior Pastor. The interim phase will end soon! We are at the gate of our tomorrow. Prayer seems more than appropriate!
We should all recognize that these next weeks are a very important marker in our journey, one requiring prayer and fasting. We should recognize that God’s plan for this church has enemies. Enemies that do not want to see the gospel effective in Schenectady, or anywhere we put our feet in the world. Division, discord, selfish ambition, disobedience, these are just a few of the tactics the evil one uses to disrupt the blessing God has for this church. These are often ‘strongholds’ that are only pulled down by prayer and fasting. So, let’s get to praying over the month of September!
Sundays in September (1,8,15,22 and 29):
- 9-9:45 Prayer is the room above the café.
Saturdays in September (7,14,21,28):
- 6:00-7:00am prayer.
To fast is to set aside some food item that allows you to discipline the demands of the body so that the spirit can focus on God. For some, fasting may involve setting aside some material thing that is ‘big’ in your life, like say music, or that motorcycle in summer! The point is not that we become legalistic and prideful about what we fast; that would defeat the purpose. Let your fasting be without guilt and be something you do to the honor of God and the discipline of the body or physical life.
Many may not know, but the Saturday morning prayer times have been operating for a while and will continue after September!
“Our Father who is in heaven…”