February 11, 2019

It’s a chilly, wet Monday morning and I am thankful for a warm, dry vehicle and office today! It is also the Monday after the Grammy awards and no I did not watch. I wonder how many people did watch or care about who won? Does that mean I’m old if I don’t care anymore? I also read this morning that this year’s Super Bowl was the lowest rated in the last 10 years. . . . ouch. I know God isn’t invested in the Super Bowl or the Grammys but He does want us to be in our culture but not let our culture overwhelm us. I pray your week is off to a great start. If you were in church yesterday you took the first step to having an amazing week!
Since we are in the middle of our conference called Building A House of Prayer, today I want to just remind you of some of the teaching from yesterday. I want to start by reminding you about using the names of God in your prayers. Let me give you the list again from last night in case you missed it:
  • Elohim=Creator God! (When there seems to be no way, You create one!)
  • Adonai=The Lord! (The GOD above and beyond all others!)
  • El Roi=The God Who Sees! (When my eyes are blinded, You still see clearly!)
  • El Shaddai=God Almighty & The All-Sufficient One! (For my human insufficiency!)
  • Jehovah-Jireh=The Lord Who Provides! (Like no one else can, You do!)
  • Jehovah-Rapha=The Lord Who Heals! (Body, Soul, and Spirit, just as needed!)
  • Jehovah-Shalom= The Lord Is Peace! (When I am troubled and restless, You never are!)
  • Jehovah-Sabaoth=The Lord of Hosts! (My battle-warrior when I’m facing spiritual warfare!)
  • Jehovah-Rohi=The Lord My Shepherd! (When I am uncertain about which direction to go!)
  • Jehovah-Shammah= The Lord Is There! (Even when I cannot be, You are!)
And then last night we prayed the following prayer and we inserted our own prayers into the blanks.
*LET’S PRAY: Finish this sentence as your praise-prayer: “Lord, I (love / thank / praise / exalt) You tonight as __________________, because You _______________________!
I think it would be good for each of us to follow this pattern every day as a part of our own personal quiet time and prayers to the Father. You pick out one or two each day and lift that prayer up to Him as a part of your prayer time. Today, on a personal note, I am thinking of Jehovah-Jireh, The Lord who provides! After doing my taxes on Saturday and realizing how the new tax code affected us adversely this prayer takes on new meaning. In my own strength and ability I wonder today how I am going to pay that along with all the other things coming up in my life. You may be wondering that as well or you may have bills that equal significantly more than the money you have coming in. I know that even though I wasn’t quite prepared for the enormity of my taxes, they did not catch God unaware. He is the great provider. He can and will take care of me. He has never failed me yet. So maybe, like me, today you need to pray and say, “Lord, I thank you today as Jehovah-Jireh, because You promise to provide for me and so I trust my finances into your hands.” I believe as we pray through these names of God it is an amazing reminder of who He is and what He wants to do in our lives!
Join us tonight @ 6:00 pm for FREE FOOD as we continue our Building A House of Prayer Conference. I believe God wants to move in our hearts and in our lives BUT we have to be in a place where prayer is a vital part of our everyday life. We have to learn what it means to fully trust Him and lean on Him! We can’t solve our problems and answer our questions apart from His wisdom and guidance. We must come to a place as individuals and families and churches where we realize there is no one else we can turn to. Anything we do in our own strength is destined to come up short. My prayer is that many of you will join me and others tonight. Take the time to invest in your spiritual walk with the Lord. We need to come together as one body lifting up our prayers!! The Conference will conclude tomorrow night as we meet one final time at 6:00 pm!
I also wanted to add here what a blessing it was to have our church family pray for us as pastor and staff along with our spouses last night. You will never know how important it is to pray for your pastor/staff. We need those prayers as much as we need water to drink. We cannot long survive in ministry without them. And the amazing thing is, if you pray for someone you can’t help but love them and want good things for them. And then God begins to use that to bless your life. Prayers are more essential in my life than the food I eat. I can go without food longer than I can go without prayers. We love you and thank you for PRAYING!! Don’t stop!!
Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone this week! Don’t forget about our Valentine’s Banquet this coming Sunday night at 6:00 pm. It should be a great time of delicious food and great fellowship. Call the church office and make your reservations today!
Last Word: I want to wish my granddaughter, Mackie Lou Hixon, a wonderful and Happy Birthday TODAY!! Her proud parents are Caleb and Olivia Katherine Hixon!!
I am ON MISSION Today! Are You?