HELLO ALL: THIS IS FROM PASTOR ROY
14 Days of Prayer: April 9 - 22, 2018
Mark 16:20 “They went forth and preached every where, the Lord….confirming the word with signs following.” Have you ever wondered what faith looked like? 50 years ago there was a drought in Mississippi and it looked like the crops were going to be lost. A church outside of town with a few farmers got together one day to pray for rain one man wore boots and a rain coat. He may have looked a little silly but so did Noah when he built the ark and said it was going to rain. Faith is being ready when He answers our prayers. Do you have your sun bonnet on or your rain coat?
Joshua 3:5 “ Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” To consecrate means to relinquish everything we have, time, money, talents, and our lives. When we look at what God did for us His son God really set the standard high. As a parent I really committed all I had to take care of my family, worked long hours sacrificed where what and where I had to so my Children and wife would be okay. God sacrificed for all of us for us to be “okay” that is to be saved. This evening as we pray maybe we should think about what God is asking each of us to really commit to His will being done in our church. Not only praying for direction but our consecration as well. Have we set ourselves apart for God’s work?
Luke 18:5 “This woman is driving me crazy.” The parable of the persistent widow can lead teach us many things. One is that being persistent is one way to get the attention of God. As I think of Abraham talking to the “Angel” trying to get God to change his mind on destroying Sodom and Gomorra because his nephew was living there. Abraham started with a high number and kept going down and each time God said okay. As we know there were none found. The idea though is that it was the persistence of the widow and Abraham that really got the attention that was needed. We at Grace Chapel need to continue to pray.
Hebrews 11:7 “ By faith Noah, warned by God about things not yet seen; in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith:” Before the flood Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord and from the time God spoke to Noah about the flood it was 120 years. A long time to test a person’s faith, But Noah knew God’s will, God told him all he needed to do and though it took a century Noah landed high and dry. Our prayer this week should be on how God is preparing us for the future. While we may not have the ability to talk to God as Noah did we do have the scriptures, prayer times and the leading of the Holy Spirit. On day 5 I asked if you were putting on a raincoat or a sunbonnet? Today I am asking are you ready to build an ark for what God has in store for Grace chapel. Noah committed 120 years just to build the boat is our commitment the same?