I know some of you are thinking, “Pastor have you lost your mind? Quit praying and start doing?” Well the short answer is, no I haven’t. I was reading a blog by Mark Batterson that came from his book “The Circle Maker”, and he made the point that so many times when we say we’ll pray about something God doesn’t answer because the answer is already in front of us. He gave a few examples that I want to share with you below.

  • We don’t need to pray about loving our neighbors
  • We don’t need to pray about giving generously or serving sacrificially.
  • We don’t need to pray about blessing someone when it is in our power to do so.
  • We don’t have to pray about turning the other cheek or going the extra mile.

  • When you stop and think about it, he’s telling the truth. Why do we pray about those things Batterson listed, and so many other issues, when God’s Word has already given us the answer? He has commanded us to love one another. He’s commanded us to forgive, to trust Him, to have faith, to share our faith with others, to give and so much more. It may be that some of us are using prayer as an excuse not to act and be obedient to His will.

    That’s hard to accept, but when was the last time God opened a door for you to act and instead you prayed and never acted?

    Now don’t get Batterson or me wrong – we believe in prayer. Paul said pray about everything but maybe it’s time we understand that we need to separate what we can do from what God can do in our prayer life. We pray about loving others but He’s already told us to do that. The real issue may be that we pray for God to do the impossible and give us a passion for those outside His family. God is glorified when we pray for the impossible instead of praying for what He’s already told us to do. Check your prayer life and see if what you’re praying about is the impossible or the doable.

    Let me ask you to pray for Easter weekend as our desire is to see God move and transform lives. On Friday night we’ll have a Solemn Assembly, an evening of worship, singing, and observing the Lord’s Supper. We’ll have crosses up front for us to nail our sin to, and we’ll end with a great video entitled “It’s Friday but Sunday’s coming”. You do not want to miss God’s manifest presence that evening. On Saturday, we’re inviting the community to join us for our Eggstravaganza. This will a wonderful opportunity to connect with the unchurched in our community so be sure and invite those you’ve been praying for to bring their children. Then of course on Easter Sunday, we’ll have two great worship services that morning. Again, this is a perfect opportunity to invite those you’ve been praying for.

    Rejoice and be glad as today is the day God has created for you, and you for today,

    Pastor Carl