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I Love My Church (So I Pray)

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I Love My Church: Prayer

We love all sorts of things. We love our football teams, golf, our dogs, maybe NASCAR. People are just passionate about a lot of different things. There is nothing wrong with that! But, I think it’s ok to say, “I love my church.”

Psalms 26:8 O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells.

When you love God, you love his bride – you love his church. Church is God’s idea.

Ephesians 5:25 Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.

Church is not a noun, church is a verb. It’s not a place we go to but it’s who we are. We are the church.

As we approach Easter Sunday, there are four areas we can clean up or shape up in our church:

Prayer
Generosity
Serving
Invitation
Prayer is one of life's highest callings. To grow in our understanding and practice of prayer should be one of life's primary pursuits. Our ability to fulfill God's purpose for our lives and to impact our world for the glory of God corresponds directly to the quality of our prayer life.

Prayer is the enforcement of the victory Jesus has already accomplished. In prayer we win the battle and in service we collect the spoils of that victory. The model of the New Testament church in Acts is built on prayer. The church's first order from Jesus was a prayer meeting.

Acts 1:14 These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

In this verse, they grabbed hold of the power of unity. They prayed continually and that is the power of consistency. The devoted themselves.

Before any other kind of activity they engaged in, prayer was first. Imagine the harvest of a prayer prepared Easter.

Acts 2:43 Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles.

With prayer, miracles were released in their midst.

Their prayer was aggressive, on the offense and taking ground.

This is the result:

Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.

Prayer releases the power that opens the eyes of people to see Jesus. It takes a revelation to accept Jesus and to submit to His Lordship.

Join us in prayer this Easter season – pray for your church, your city, the people you are inviting! Your prayers are powerful!

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