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Reminder for Tonight’s PrayTogether and 2016 National Day of Prayer

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

I wanted to remind all who plan to join us for our weekly corporate prayer time, PrayTogether, tonight.  We will be meeting in the Prayer Room as the Tutor Ministry's banquet will be wrapping up around 6:30 so some folks will likely still be around the sanctuary.  This will give us a quiet place for our powerful time of prayer.

Also, I wanted to remind all that tomorrow, Thursday May 5th, is the National Day of Prayer.  There are many opportunities to pray either individually or corporately.  One I've participated in the last couple of years and would encourage you to consider, is the OneCry Prayer Summit tomorrow evening 8-10pm EST.  You can join and participate via the web or Moody Radio.  You can see more information on this event here - .

I hope you take some precious time tomorrow to join with millions who will be seeking the Father's face on behalf of our country.




Prayer and Faith

Monday, August 17, 2015

Sometimes the simplest phrase or sentence says it all.  Reading in E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer the other day I ran across this statement - "Prayer throws faith on God and God on the world."  Wow!  I think I will be chewing on this for some time.  Further in this chapter Mr. Bounds helps with this statement - "Faith in Christ is the basis of all working and all praying.  All wonderful works depend on wonderful praying, and all praying is done in the name of Jesus Christ."  

How is your faith in our Lord these days?  Or should I say, how is your prayer life?

Oh, and please remember our Prayer Walk this Saturday, August 22nd at 9:30 where we will have opportunity to throw faith on God and God on the world.  We are meeting at the church and will be heading out to a number of locations to walk through neighborhoods and pray for what God may do in our communities.  Please sign-up and join us.



“Earnest prayer” to God by the church

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

In my studies over the past week, I ran across Acts 12:1-17.  This is where we are told how Herod had just killed James, the brother of John and now had arrested Peter.  So things looked bad for Peter in particular and the church in general.  However, we are told "but earnest prayer for him was made to God by the church.", (Acts 12:5 - ESV).  And this changed everything!

And then I was reminded last night that we should all be in prayer, earnest prayer, for the upcoming movie night, which is this Friday night at Grayson Park.  As pastor Steve and others have pointed out, this is the largest annual outreach event that Anchor does so please take time, as many of you likely have already, to pray earnestly for all that God will do in the hearts and lives of our community we are put here to serve and minister to.  And also, pray for all that He may do in our hearts and lives as we live out the gospel to our community.  

And if your schedule allows, please consider stopping in on Grayson Park today, tomorrow, or Friday during the day or in the evenings to prayer walk around the grounds and cry out to the Lord to move and work in a powerful way in that place.  It will just take 15 - 30 minutes (or longer if you are so inclined) and it will change everything as earnest prayer for Peter did.

And then, one more thing I would ask you all to earnestly pray for often.  Our leaders at Anchor and in particular, our pastor.  Please be in earnest prayer for them.  They are the tip of the spear and need to be covered in prayer at all times.

Thank you prayer warriors.  Stay on your knees!



National Day of Prayer - Tomorrow May 7th, 2015

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Hi dear prayer warriors,

A reminder for all that tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer.  A great resource I have found to participate in this event is the One Cry Prayer Summit in partnership with Moody Radio.  You can participate by tuning your radio to your local Moody Radio station if you are in an area that gets it.  Your best bet likely is to connect online.  So, if you like, find a quiet place, connect your laptop or other device and go to this website for instructions and connection to this event tomorrow evening from 8 - 10 pm.




How we pray and how God answers

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

I was blessed in my reading in E.M. Bounds book on prayer, by this quote from J. Kennedy Maclean, regarding what and how we pray and what and how God responds to our prayers.

"I do not mean that every prayer we offer is answered exactly as we desire it to be. Were this the case, it would mean that we would be dictating to God, and prayer would degenerate into a mere system of begging. Just as an earthly father knows what is best for his children’s welfare, so does God take into consideration the particular needs of His human family, and meets them out of His wonderful storehouse. If our petitions are in accordance with His will, and if we seek His glory in the asking, the answers will come in ways that will astonish us and fill our hearts with songs of thanksgiving. God is a rich and bountiful Father, and He does not forget His children, nor withhold from them anything which it would be to their advantage to receive."

Notice the statement above “and if we seek His glory in the asking”.  This is an overall strategy that our prayers should model - seeking His glory.  There is more to consider in how we pray strategically and hopefully we will discuss this in weeks to come.

Have a blessed time with our Father in your inner room.



Prayer And Our Time In The Word

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dear prayer warriors,

Have you ever thought of how personal time in the Word and time in prayer complement each other?  George Muller put it this way;

“I saw the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God, and to meditation on it, that thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed; and that thus, by means of the Word of God, whilst meditating on it, my heart might be brought into experimental communion with the Lord. I began, therefore, to meditate on the New Testament early in the morning. The first thing I did, after having asked in a few words for the Lord’s blessing upon his precious Word, was to begin to meditate on the Word of God, searching as it were, into every verse to get blessing out of it; not for the sake of the public ministry of the Word, not for the sake of preaching on what I had meditated on, but for the sake of obtaining food for my own soul. The result I have found to be almost invariably thus, that after a very few minutes my soul has been led to confession, or to thanksgiving, or to intercession, or to supplication; so that, though I did not, as it were, give myself to prayer, but to meditation, yet it turned almost immediately more or less into prayer.” (emphasis added)

Have a wonderful daily time in the Word as it instructs you on how to pray and feeds your soul.



Prayer, a Scriptural Definition

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A number of weeks ago God challenged us for two weeks, using Pastor Steve, through the messages on prayer.  What a powerful encouragement and exhortation.  Through that time there were many things shared on prayer and I wanted to focus in on this very distinct definition of prayer that was covered. 

It truly is life changing to, first understand that we may have drifted away from a true model of prayer and then get refocused and engaged on His definition and purpose of prayer.

Consider this aside from all you have heard and may have adopted from much of the noise we are exposed to in the world.  Prayer is a conversation between God and His people. It is the basis and catalyst of our relationship with the Father.

Jeremiah 31:3 (NASB) – “The LORD appeared to him from afar, saying, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with loving-kindness.’”

God is purposefully first in this as He is the initiator and enabler through His love for us which drove Him to offer up His Son to make a way for this relationship, this conversation.  And He is the one who speaks first in all things. Also He is preeminent in all things so He is purposefully first in this conversation we call prayer.  It's all about Him.



Prayer Thought For The Week

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Perhaps for one of your prayer times this or next week, sit before the Lord quietly just dwelling on His majesty as described in scripture.  Then perhaps recite and praise Him for His many attributes.

Don't have a good list of His attributes and benefits?  Start a list today! 

Watch it grow over time as you draw closer to God and He and His Word reveal more to you.  This list and you praising Him for who He is will build your relationship with Him, grow your faith, and bless your time in prayer.

Don't forget to encourage and challenge others in their prayer life! (1 Thess. 5:11)



It’s All About Him

Friday, February 06, 2015

Have you ever thought about this?

When we meet with God in prayer, it is not first to ask Him for things. But rather it is first and foremost to ask Him for Him!

Enjoy your time with Him today.

And when you have opportunity, please invite others to join us for Pray2015.



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