First Things First
Posted on: 12-06-2005 @ 01:27 pm
SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2005
The following is an email that was sent Tuesday (June 21. 2005) of this last week to every First Family Church member and attender: Dear First Family Church, Recently, among our staff, we have been evaluating our priorities, and we have discovered a few areas where we feel we are not devoting enough time or attention. The most important change we desire to make is prayer. We know, as do you, that the greatest churches and families center themselves around prayer. This is our source of power and great attention should be given to it. We have determined to place our attention there for the long haul so here is what we are going to do. Pray! Beginning this coming Monday evening, June 27, 2005, from 6:30-7:30 PM, we will be opening our offices to pray. You may feel free to leave at any time throughout the hour. People will be praying and your need to leave before 7:30 will not be a distraction. This will be a weekly scheduled prayer opportunity, and the only times throughout the year that we will not meet will be on holidays that are celebrated on Mondays and following big event Sundays, for which there will be given prior notification of cancellation. There will be no music, food, fellowship, childcare, and we will not even be taking prayer request at this time. Should you desire to have something prayed for, then we request that you email or call the church office before 4:30 PM on Monday and your request will be placed on the list that will be provided at that evening's prayer time. This hour will simply be a time devoted to praying together as a church body, nothing more and nothing less. We certainly understand that this time may not be feasible for everyone due to hectic schedules, but we would ask you to make every effort to come as often as possible, because your visible support of this prayer cause is an encouragement to everyone involving themselves in this effort. Should you be unable to attend any given meeting then we would encourage you to stop where you are by yourself or with your family and take a few moments to pray at this appointed time. Your individual prayers have long been cherished by our church family, but we also know there is great power through corporate prayer as scripture teaches, "They all met together continually for prayer…" (Acts 1:14) Allow me to make a final observation. Our prayers will be most successful when we come before our God with pure hearts and a motive devoting itself to praying for God's grace to flood the lives of those around us. "Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and heal their land." (II Chronicles 7:14) First, be sure you are in right standing before God. I am not talking about forgiveness, because if you are a Christ follower then atonement has been enough for that. I am talking about confessing and being sure that you are not taking the liberty's you have in Christ to the extreme. Your pure desire to glorify God in everything you do will bring that much more power to your prayer time. Second, be sure you are spending time praying for others versus yourself. If you are a Christ follower, then you have already received God's grace. Your prayer life should now be like Christ's. His prayer focus was that God's will would be done in His life, and that God's glory would be revealed to others living in darkness! Let's start praying. We'll see you Monday night.
John B Smith
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