“... as a man of confidence in the Bible,
he found out what God had promised and rested on it.
Faith, to [George] Muller, was finding out what God said or what he permitted,
and doggedly hanging on to the promises
even when circumstances were screaming otherwise.”
~ Jim Elliff
What a great reminder for us today! George Muller’s legendary life of prayer and trust in God was born out of a secure confidence that the Lord was true, and that His promises are sure.
How do we “hang on to the promises, even when circumstances are screaming otherwise?”
In a word, prayer!
Prayer is where we lay hold of God’s nearness. Prayer is where we pour out our needs, and soak in His truth, until our fears are assuaged, and our affections are stirred. It’s where faith takes root, as God speaks to our soul in personal ways. It’s where conviction is nourished, as we test all our motives in His presence. Prayer is where God’s healing balm is applied for our comfort. It’s where clouds and confusion are cleared away, and direction is received. Prayer is where the truth of God comes to bear on our own experience.
If you feel far from the Lord, or discouraged; how is your time in prayer?
In this relationship with our Father through Christ, we will grow through many seasons. Each of these may teach us new aspects of prayer. There is not one, single way to pray; but let me offer you some suggestions to consider, if you’re ready for a new venture in your life of prayer with the Lord. In the coming weeks, we’ll be hearing about prayer as it relates to different aspects of our life: work / school; witness; for our nation; and for believers all over the world.
This week, maybe you’d like to practice one of these disciplines, in some way. Take a small step of trying something new, dedicate it to the Lord, and just ask Him to meet you:
- with fasting (for a meal, or more)
- pray on the hour (choose topics, make it a day with Christ!)
- start with you, pour out your heart, and then move in circles outward from there
- all-night prayer (Lk. 6:12), or wake up for a “prayer vigil” in the night
- Morning: praises & requests; Evening: thanksgiving & confession
- take a prayer walk (focus more on praying than on walking); invite a friend!
I’d love to hear what the Lord leads you to try, and how it goes!
May He be near, and may His presence be rich.
On Sundays, we have three options for Worship & Praise! Please join us:
- Outdoors at 8:30 & Indoors 10:30am
- Via live-stream at 10:30am on Facebook
Please read the Guidelines for Gathering to Worship Together at MCC in its entirety so that you know what to expect when you come to our outdoor service. This will help you and those around you navigate a very new situation, hopefully in a way that is as seamless as possible. We believe that our unity will be expressed and strengthened as we serve one another in Christ this week so join us in extending grace to each other, amid our differing perspectives, and different views about how to live in this time.
“... submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“Outdo one another in showing honor.”
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Please know that we are making every effort for this gathering to be in full compliance with the protocols given by authorities. No single plan for our meeting will ever be the perfect solution in any one person’s eyes. We will all be making compromises. But as we defer to these guidelines set up by our elders and leadership, we will be serving our fellow believers, honoring Christ as best we can, and providing for a beautiful expression of worship to happen together.
Please stay home if any of the following apply to you:
- You are immunocompromised.
- You are feeling ill (running a fever, coughing, or showing other signs of sickness)
Please don’t put yourself or others at risk. Thank you for staying home and staying safe, because we love you!