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Monday, February 01, 2010

Thoughts from the weekend - prayer

Thoughts from the weekend

One of the highlights of my week is coming to our Saturday morning prayer time from 8:00 to 9:00 A.M.

Oh, don't get me wrong. There are some Saturday's where it is tough to go - I can begin to buy into that age old lie from the enemy that "prayer is not necessary," you can "pray at home", or where is the biggest one, "you do a lot at the church, let others pray".

I would once again suggest to you that there is nothing as important and powerful as prayer.

With everything that is going on in our church - we must continually pray that God's will and direction will be done in our lives.

In the summer of 1876, grasshoppers nearly destroyed the crops in Minnesota. So in the spring of 1877, farmers were worried. They believed that the dreadful plague would once again visit them and again destroy the rich wheat crop, bringing ruin to thousands of people.

The situation was so serious that Governor John S. Pillsbury proclaimed April 26 as a day of prayer and fasting He urged every man, woman and child to ask God to prevent the terrible scourge. On that April day all schools, shops, stores and offices were closed. There was a reverent, quite hush over all the state.

The next day dawned bright and clear. Temperature soared to what they ordinary were in midsummer, which was very unusual for April. Minnesotans were devastated as they discovered billions of grasshopper larvae wiggling to life.

For 3 days the unusual heat persisted, and the larvae hatched. It appeared that it wouldn’t be long before they started feeding and destroying the wheat crop.

On the fourth day, however the temperature suddenly dropped, and that night frost, covered the entire state. Result - it killed every one of those creeping, crawling pests as surely as if poison or fire had been used, It went down in the history of Minnesota as the day God answered the prayers of the people."

That is an awesome story! But understand, it was NOT the first and certainly was NOT the last time that Almighty God answered the prayers of his people.

We have much to pray about as a church family:

That God will send us a youth pastor and his wife with a burden for God and our kids

That our building will be completed "on time" (June 20th)

That God will continue to bless our finances as we build

That God will continue to "pour out his Spirit" on us in a powerful way

That many people will connect with Christ and grow in Him.

I was thrilled Saturday as several of our youth leaders and students came to prayer. What a powerful testimony of how much they desire God to move and lead!

Why not come every so often and join us? I know that Saturday is a day off for almost everyone who works - and I am really sensitive to that. But just consider coming everyone once in a while - and let's all see what God can do.

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