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The Only Way Forward is on Our Knees

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We have been emphasizing daily Bible reading this year. We passed out a nifty little guide that takes us through the entire Bible in one year. We spent numerous weeks looking at an Overview of the Bible. And that is absolutely essential and right and good. The Bible is God’s Holy Word; it is the only rule of faith and life for us. We need to read and believe and follow Scripture because it is God’s inerrant special revelation. Disciplined Bible study is one of the pillars of the Christian life.

We have been emphasizing daily Bible reading this year. We passed out a nifty little guide that takes us through the entire Bible in one year. We spent numerous weeks looking at an Overview of the Bible. And that is absolutely essential and right and good. The Bible is God’s Holy Word; it is the only rule of faith and life for us. We need to read and believe and follow Scripture because it is God’s inerrant special revelation. Disciplined Bible study is one of the pillars of the Christian life.

Are we thirsty for God? Do we desire His blessing? How eager are we to be used by Him as a means of blessing to others? Is there the echo of Psalm 42 or 63 in our prayer life? It is fairly easy to say that prayer is important, but where is the evidence that it really is? John Bunyan, author of Pilgrim’s Progress observes that:

He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find him the rest of the day.

Saints, be praying! No, it will not be easy; it is a battle, but God has given us the necessary armor and leads the way.

George Barna, as he studied and surveyed churches wrote this back in 1993 George Barna, as he studied and surveyed churches wrote this back in 1993 (but it is as true today as it was then!):

A healthy church is a prayer church as determined by the number of people who pray, the frequency with which they pray, the intensity with which they pray, and the joy they experience from their prayers. If God is really believed to be the power source and prayer is seen as our means of communication with Him, a church’s faith can be determined by the condition of its prayer life. (Turn-Around Churches, p. 105 as quoted in Archie Parrish, Improve Your Prayer Life, Serve International, Atlanta, GA, 2000, p. 13)

This is a call to pray. We are God’s church and we look to Him to more real than God! Daily bring the needs of our congregation before the throne of grace in private and join us as we gather and unite our prayers during the week. Look for and join in making other times for prayer gatherings; we are not restricted to a Wednesday evening prayer meeting! C. H. Spurgeon is eminently quotable, so here are two

Neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church. We shall never see much change for the better in our churches in general till the prayer meeting occupies a higher place in the esteem of Christians.

As 2014 draws near to the end we also have a wonderful opportunity to prayerfully consider the building Pray for faith and courage. Pray that God will be glorified in everything we say and do. Pray that God would bless us mightily in order that we may be a mighty blessing to others around us. Pray that God would be pleased to give us a great harvest, many souls won by Christ gathered in this place to worship and live for Him.

Allow me to close with one final quote, this time from pastor and author A. W. Pink:

Most Christians expect little from God, ask little and therefore receive little and are content with little.

May that not characterize us; this is my prayer.

Pastor David

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