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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. 

Anticipate Being Challenged

Aug 1, 2022

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV).

It is often said in seasons of trial that “God won’t allow you to be challenged past what you can bear.” While we can take comfort knowing that God promises always to be present in times of trouble, we must anticipate that there will be times in life when we will experience situations or circumstances that are beyond our ability to handle by ourselves. There will even be situations in which as Christians we will face morally confusing choices. God promises to provide morally right solutions if we seek his wisdom and seek to live according to his moral law.

Action: Where are you experiencing hardship? As you anticipate future hardships or difficult choices, pray that God will continue to be present and lead you in following his moral law.

They are Blessed for They Will Be…

Jul 25, 2022

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
(Matthew 5:1-10)

A big part of kingdom living is anticipation. We are blessed as we display the characteristics of the kingdom: spiritually humble - mourning spiritually - meek … etc. But the blessings are not promised in the present. They may come in the present, but we are to anticipate being spiritually comforted and shown mercy … including inheriting the earth, and seeing God.

At the heart of the Christian life is the dynamic of “already” and “not yet”. We already have blessing, but the heart of the blessing of the kingdom is promised for the future … we will be all that God promises. We already have a deposit, eventually we will have all that is promised.

Action: Pray through these beatitudes - thanking God for the blessings in anticipation of the fulfillment of all the promises.

Anticipation as an Act of Belief

Jul 18, 2022

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

Here we see faith described as anticipation. The assurance, the confidence that what God has promised for our future will surely happen. It is anticipation. We can pray expectantly, we can anticipate that God will be faithful, that He will act in love for us, that we are in His care. The rest of Hebrews 11 gives examples of God’s people acting in faith, in anticipation that God is there. What we need to remember is that the earthly circumstances of almost all of these examples of faithful anticipation weren’t always good. Their anticipation was elsewhere. They were anticipating eternal blessing. They lived in anticipation of it without taking it for granted. And they were not disappointed.

Action: Pray in anticipation that God will provide eternal blessing in the future, spiritual blessing now, even in uncertain circumstances.

Anticipation and Belief

Jul 11, 2022

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her! (Luke 1:45)

The belief of Mary anticipates what God is doing and what He is going to do even as she does not understand everything. Mary does not try to make complete sense of all the details, she believes that the Lord will fulfill his promises to her - she anticipates it and prays accordingly. The situation might be frightening and confusing, but Mary knows that God will work it out. She anticipates through her belief, even though she doesn’t have certainty as to the details and the timing. She doesn’t have to understand, she believes - so she anticipates.

Action: Where does your belief anticipate God’s faithfulness? Ask God to grow your belief so you can let go of having to know the details of how He will be faithful.

May We Eagerly Expect Christ to be Honored in Our Lives

Jul 4, 2022

“Yes, and I will rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death” (Philippians 1:19-20 ESV).

There are two ways to understand these verses: Either Paul is expressing the grounds of his confidence that he will be released from prison, assuring the Philippians that he expects to remain alive to minister to them. Or, he expects his deliverance in the ultimate sense of eternal salvation. In both readings, Paul toes the tension between life and death, loss and gain.

“Waiting” and “Anticipating” are closely related but stir about different connotations. Waiting for something can be difficult, but anticipating speaks more to expectation. In what ways do you expect Christ to be honored in your life? What makes that easy? What makes that difficult?

Action: Spend time this week in reflection. As you go about your days, expect God to show up. Pray that Christ would be honored in your life.