Summary: A call to heed the need for prayer in the individual, as well as, the Body.
“A Call For Prayer!”
“Therefore let everyone who is godly
pray to you while you may be found” Ps. 32:6
The Posture Of Prayer
A certain person couldn’t find the right posture for prayer. He tried praying on his knees, but that wasn’t comfortable; besides, it wrinkled his slacks. He tried praying standing, but soon his legs got tired. He tried praying seated, but that didn’t seem reverent. Then one day as he was walking through a field, he fell headfirst into an open well. Did he ever pray!
Isn’t this like us often times? We get hooked up on the how’s and why’s and never master the act, until we find ourselves in a situation which demands our need and therefore prayer flows.
My call is for something different today though….
I feel deep in my heart that the Lord is calling us to a prayer life which is consistent…fervent….sincere….Spirit -empowered….and life-changing.
In my spirit, I sense a strong need for us a Body of Believers to step forward, and step up our lives in the Spirit, through a prayer force!
Just as many times throughout the Old Testament, when Leaders found that their Armies, and People were at a crux in their lives, both individually and corporately, there was a call out from the Leader for prayer, consecration, and worship unto the Lord.
There was a need for the Body to prepare for what was about to happen, and call out to “make ready” and gain perspective for the future, so that God’s Will would be accomplished without the flesh getting in the way….
I sense that same call to us today church…
You have heard me say many times before that I feel that we are on the brink of a New Beginning and something special in which the Lord is preparing to do in us and with us. I feel as though we are gaining perspective and vision, yes we may have a ways to go, but if we all waited until we were “ready” we would never get to do anything.
Church, “our time” is awaiting us! Our “Moment” if you will is ahead, but it is not a moment or measure of time, but a new level of operation, and I believe that we are ready to take a new step up!
BUT….before this, I sense that the Lord is calling us to Prayer…
That we would bathe what is about to be in Prayer, and Supplication unto the Lord.
I, as your Pastor, today, am calling this Body to a “Prayer Task Force”, if you will…
That we would turn the heat up a notch in Prayer…
That we would, together take a more serious approach to prayer….
I am calling for us to seek the Lord in Prayer more fervently in our personal lives, and also as a Body.
I beseech you, to be here as a Body, on Saturdays, to pray and seek God TOGETHER, for what He has in store for us.
Do you want more? Do you Hunger more? Do you want what the Lord has in store? Are you willing to pay the price?
These things, Church, Only come about with PRAYER and FASTING!!!
May we do just that!
I say this because…
POINT ONE: Change Is Initiated By Prayer
All of us have seen a pond, some are prettier than other, but none-the-less, we have seen them.
The one thing about ponds, is that they are just stale puddles of water. They have little to no fresh water flowing into them, and the same exiting them.
Do you like to swim in a pond…EEEEEEEWWWWWWW
Think of a nice fresh water stream though….
If you were on a long walk of a journey, and you were thirsty, you would not think twice of bending over to get a drink for yourself, because the water is fresh, cool, and crystal clear…
Liken this unto your own life…Are you a pond or a fresh water stream?
Church, the difference in the two is this, change…..
When the currents flow and there is an intake and an out flow, there is a freshness and crisp sense about it. The stale, and old do not appeal.
An advertiser phrased it simply, but well…”Change is GOOD!”
Church change is so important in a world which is changing every day. Yes, there must be the mainstays, and the hallmarks, but they are to never be what we hold on to as what we are, but they are to used as stepping stones onto what is next and intended for us.
2 Chron 7:14-16
“…If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.”