The Answer Is a Prayer Meeting!
Regardless what life throws your way, be it good or bad the way through should always start in the same place — a prayer meeting. Prayer is the place that invites heaven into your situation and circumstance. So often prayer is the place we run to when things fall apart, yet it should be the place we start before our day ever begins. The ancient church shows us that model. It was birthed, built and emboldened in a prayer meeting. So let me remind you, your answer for today is found in a prayer meeting!
This pandemic and divine reset has disrupted routines and disciplines. Perhaps you have found yourself in a place where you are reestablishing priorities. I encourage you, to set prayer as your top priority. Let it be the first thing you do in the morning. Even if it’s brief, let prayer be firmly fixed as the start of your day. Let me share something with you that has helped me. Remember these three words: 1) Desire 2) Discipline 3) Delight. That’s the progression for establishing a habit in your life.
It begins with a DESIRE to change. I desire to ________ (lose weight, save money, exercise, pray, etc). We all have desire, but desire alone isn’t enough. It is simply the starting place. DESIRE has to lead to DISCIPLINE. Discipline takes desire and creates action. Discipline is the key habit or routine that helps achieve the outcome you desire. Discipline is needed, but it isn’t fun. It requires doing something we do not want to do now to achieve something we desire to have in the future. If you will stick to the discipline, soon it will turn to DELIGHT.
Grace World has made prayer a priority. If that is your desire as well, there are four ways you can make prayer a priority this month.
1 UNITE 714:
Our church has partnered with the UNITE714 movement. This is a specific call to prayer daily at 7:14am and 7:14pm. I mentioned on Sunday several members of our church set alarms that go off on their phone to remind them to pray. You can find the prayer at unite714.com. A new prayer is posted every Sunday. The weekly prayer is also included with the sermon notes each week in your Bible app.
2 TUESDAY PRAYER:
Our weekly prayer meeting takes place on Tuesdays. The Dome is open during office hours (8:30am-4:30pm) for prayer. You can come and go as you as you please. There’s a corporate call to prayer from 10am-12pm with our intercessors and an online call to prayer at noon. I encourage you to partner with your church on Tuesday to prayer whether it is here or at home.
3 COURTHOUSE PRAYER NIGHT:
Wednesday, September 16th is the UNITE Community Prayer Service at the Brooksville Courthouse. This service will be led by our local student ministries and will replace all normal activities for that Wednesday night. The campus will not be open that night. Please make plans to join us at the Brooksville Courthouse at 7pm.
4 THE RETURN:
September 26th is a National Day of Prayer. The doors of the Dome will be open from 9am-9pm to simulcast The Return event taking place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.. Prominent leaders like Bishop Harry Jackson, Jonathan Cahn, Alveda King, John Kilpatrick, and many more are featured guests for the event. There will also be a prayer walk simultaneously taking place at the Brooksville Common at 12 noon.
Second Chronicles 7:14 reminds us that if we, God’s people, would truly turn to Him, He promises to forgive our sins and heal our land. I am encouraged to see the national church move towards united prayer across this nation and Grace World is honored to be part of this greater awakening!
Last, let me remind you that we have just begun a brand new fall semester of our Grace Equip classes. We have several classes (virtual and in person in the Dome) to choose from. If you haven’t taken the time to register for a class, it’s not too late. There’s still time for you to sign up now.
Grace World, you are incredible! I am looking forward to seeing you this weekend as we continue part four of our series “Rekindled”. We will also celebrate together with those who are choosing to make a public declaration of their faith in Jesus through baptism. If you would like to be baptized click here. It will be a day you won’t want to miss!
Remember, if you will be joining us in the Dome that we are continuing to follow the recommended CDC procedures. These include:
1 Respect physical distancing.
2 Practice good hygiene.
3 Stay home if you are experiencing flu like symptoms.
4 Wear a mask when you cannot maintain 6 feet distance from another person.
This weekend, whether you are joining us live in the Dome or from your home, we still are one church family. There’s no place like Grace!