I Quit Going to Church

Dear Church,

 Tonight at 8:00 pm we’re beginning 24 continuous hours of our “first work” – prayer. The church was birthed in prayer.

 Acts 1:4-2:2 -- On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about … They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers … When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.

 Not only was the church birthed in prayer, but prayer was their continual link to their Life-Line, Compass, and Power-Source who was the Holy Spirit of God.

Acts 2:42 – They devoted themselves to … prayer.

 Acts 3:1 – One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer

 Acts 4:24 – When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.

 Acts 7:59 – While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed …

 Acts 13:2-3 – While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said … So, after they had fasted and prayed …

 I’m guessing you’re getting the picture. Prayer isn’t a nice little extra in the life of Christ’s church. It’s essential! Our very life as God’s people depends on it! There is no way to truly “be the church” without being deeply and continually engaged in the practice of prayer!

 So, thank you so much to those who have signed up for a 30-minute time-slot during the coming 24 hours. This is not just a “cool Lenten season thing to do.” It’s our link to our Life-Line, Compass, and Power-Source.

 If you didn’t sign up, last I heard we still had three spots open on Friday afternoon: 4:00-4:30, 4:30-5:00 and 6:00-6:30. If you can’t pray at those times, feel free to pray whenever you can. (If you want a prayer guide to help you during your 30 minutes, feel free to email molly@grace-community.net)

 

Thanks for being the (praying) church,

 

Joel