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Seasons of Prayer

Seasons of Prayer

We want to be a church that is praying with each other, praying for each other, and praying that the grace of Jesus would be very present in our circumstances. So, we're excited to share with you that for the rest of the year, we will be praying through seasons of quietness, petition, anticipation, and praise! We hope you'll join us as we seek to listen to and pray to our loving God as he moves in and through our church during this time of transition and opportunity. We will be sharing weekly blog posts here to encourage you on how you can pray during this time. 

Praise the Lord to All Peoples and Nations

Sep 26, 2022

Sing to the Lord a new song;
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
    proclaim his salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
Psalm 96:1-6

As I began reflecting on this passage in the Psalms, my mind immediately began singing this song:

Verses 1 and 3, in particular, really stood out. "Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth! Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!" What a beautiful depiction we are given of the worthiness of our Creator. All the earth. All the peoples. How vast of a place we call home. Our praise rings beyond where we live, beyond our neighbors, beyond our city, beyond our country, beyond our world, and even beyond our universe! Our praise and admiration can be significant because our God is big.

Action: Sit with the thought of how meaningful you are in the larger story of Creation. That in God's plan and story, you are worth so much more than you could ever imagine. Despite the vastness of Creation, God sees you right where you are. How can you praise Him with what He has given you? Take a moment to sing (or listen) to the song, and feel free to sing loudly to the splendor and majesty of God. Let His truth wash over you today.

Anticipate that all things will be recreated

Sep 19, 2022

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”
(Revelation 21:1 ESV).

We need a new image of heaven. How often do our minds just go to angels floating on clouds, playing harps, and choirs singing? Throughout the Bible we read phrases like “God will make all things new.” This is certainly true but heaven isn’t just escaping the broken and evil world we currently reside in. God cares for this earth and his original plan for having humanity dwell in, take care of, and fill the earth hasn’t changed. Revelation captures a picture of the earth being recreated. This is something as followers of Jesus we should anticipate now through the way we relate to and live in this world.

Action: In what ways do you live within the bounds of a fallen world? Imagine the brokenness of this earth being no more. That’s the work God is going to do! This week, pray in a way that anticipates the brokenness of earth being rid of and the newness of recreation being on the horizon.

Anticipate that we will worship Christ

Sep 12, 2022

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
(Revelation 4:8 ESV).

The Book of Revelation is filled with images of creatures and people worshiping Jesus - the Lamb who was slain. Worship is something that we have been created to do on earth but it is also something that followers of Christ will do for eternity. Yes, you read that correctly. But if we allow ourselves to be honest, sometimes that doesn’t sound too exciting. What does it look like for us to anticipate worshiping Jesus forever today - the One who is forever and is holy, holy, holy?

Maybe it involves learning what the heart of worship truly is - it’s not just standing in a church room singing. Worship is the whole response to the reality of who God truly is. Worship is something we do by the way we live. It’s something we do when we’re honest with ourselves and reality. It’s how we steward the gifts God has graced us with. Romans 12:1-2 describes worship as: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Action: Reflect on God’s holiness this week. How can you live in anticipation of worshiping Jesus forever? Begin practicing that type of worship today and pray that you would experience God’s grace.

Anticipate that Christ will Prepare the Way

Sep 5, 2022

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.”
(John 14:3 ESV).

Before Christ left them, he told his disciples that he would prepare a place for them to follow him. However, he doesn’t say that they must follow him on their own. Rather, he will return and bring them to him. Do we anticipate that Christ has already prepared the way for us to follow him? Often times it feels like culture is going south, the way is messy, and we are all alone. But Jesus has promised to have already created the path and will walk the path with us.

Action: Reflect this week on your last month. Where did faith ask you to move? Where is it clear now that Jesus was at work preparing the path and direction for you? Ask God for confidence in the future to trust him in the confusing and frustrating.

Anticipate Christ’s Return

Aug 29, 2022

“So, if they say to you, ‘Look, he is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look, he is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”
(Matthew 24:26-27 ESV).

Billy Graham once said that the end “will come with the return of Jesus Christ… That is why a Christian can be an optimist. That is why a Christian can smile in the midst of all that is happening. We know what the end will be: the triumph of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Another way to put this: In the end, God wins. Before Jesus left his followers he promised that he would return. His return will truly be an end-of-the-world event as he rids creation of brokenness and evil.

It can be difficult to live life in a way that keeps this future reality in focus. So often other things distract us. How might it look for you today to live in a way that demonstrates this anticipation?

Action: Anticipate Jesus’ return through the way you relate to others. Do you live in a way that reveals you believe Jesus will have ultimate victory over evil? Pray for the faith to believe that Jesus will return and do what he says he will do.