The last several weeks I have kept the theme we are studying on prayer in our messages during our "Circle Maker" series. If you missed them you can read them here and here. As my Prayer Partner I want to always challenge us to keep praying and to not see prayer as a one time, one day event and then it’s over. That is one reason years ago I began this weekly "Prayer Chat" with you via email. I know, like anything, it’s a journey and not a sprint. This weekend that is exactly what we are talking about as we conclude the series.
Let me share a few thoughts from Mark Batterson in the Circle Maker with you:
"Prayer is a lot like planting. It demands patience, consistency and dependence on the only ONE who can bring Rain."
"To dream big and pray hard, we need the patience of the planter. We need the foresight of the farmer. We need the mind-set of the sower".
"Prayer is the inheritance we receive and the legacy we leave."
This week we are going to be challenged to "Plant" the seeds in prayer and then wait on God.
It takes all the same things we have been discussing this whole month:
* God loves bold prayers
* Pray boldly but humbly
* Pray persistently
* Pray expectantly
* Pray Hard
I can think of no other person who personifies this type of praying better than Daniel. There are many Prayers in the book of Daniel recorded but I want to focus on the "Planting of Prayers" and how he exemplifies all the themes above in just one passage. In Daniel 6:1-10, he was set up for the Lions’ Den by evil men. What did him in? His persistent, bold, expectant and humble prayers to God three times a day. No threat stopped him! This passage should inspire each of us to "Keep Planting, Keep Praying." (I have so much more I want to say on this subject. I’ll do so in another prayer letter.)
I look forward to seeing you this weekend. For those on the list below I look forward to praying with you at 8:30 a.m. this Sunday. BTW at the end of our services we will give those who would like to join our "Pastor's Prayer Partners" each week in prayer to mark Prayer Partners on their "Connection Card". If you would like to continue in what I believe is the most powerful, yet private ministry at Oasis Church, then please mark your card this weekend to remain on our Prayer Partner Team. I hope you will. I believe there is NOTHING that has contributed more to what God has done in Oasis Church more, than those who faithfully pray daily for our Oasis Family and once a month come to cover our whole weekend ministry in prayer. (I am praying for at least 50 new serious Prayer Partners to step up this weekend. Please pray with me.)
God bless you and thank you for being my Prayer Partner. We are planting prayers for those we do not know and may never know until Heaven. WOW, that is a powerful thought!
Oasis Church of South Florida
Posted on Wed, February 19, 2014
by Pastor Guy Melton filed under