Thought for the Day – August 30, 2011

Your ancestors killed anyone who dared talk about the coming of the Just One.  And you’ve kept up the family tradition – traitors and murderers, all of you.  You had God’s law handed to you by angels – gift-wrapped – and you squandered it! Acts 7:52-53 The Message

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Thought for the Day – August 28, 2011

The temple was the pride of the people: huge stones, glittering gold, massive archways, and most of all, the holy of holies – the house of God.  Jews kept this bumper sticker on their oxcarts: “Don’t mess with the temple.”  Yet Stephen challenged their big heads with a huge point: You’ve forgotten how big God is.

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Thought for the Day – August 27, 2011

However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: “Heaven is My throne, And earth is My footstool.  What house will you build for Me? says the Lord, Or what is the place of My rest?  Has my hand not made all these things?”  Acts 7:48-50

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What About Prayer?

I am part of a group that meets once a week at 6:00 to work through and discuss the book Radical by David Platt.  Part of our discussion this morning went off on an tangent and we started discussing corporate prayer.  I ended up recounting an event from my past that was powerful and I’d like to share it with you and then see what you think.

Many years ago, I went to a genuine revival where the power and presence of God was present and palpable.  To say the least, it really changed my perspective on a great many things.  Naturally, those in the group who went started discussing things back at our home church and this led us to the conclusion that we really needed to pray over our church on a regular basis for revival and the power of God.  So, we started meeting together on Saturday nights to do just that.  Now, I was on fire because of what I just experienced at revival, but I’m also not one naturally inclined to be first in line when meeting is called specifically for prayer.  I was in my 20’s and it was on Saturday nights….  However, during the course of this time, I watched God move in an undeniably strong way and I must say that to this day I still remain extremely close to many people in that small group even though we are separated by miles of distance and months of time between when we talk.  Things just became so clear, so real, and so powerful during that time.  Bonds were created that remain unbroken.  Unity was established.

Let’s fast forward to today.  I haven’t done anything like that since, but I’m starting to believe that group prayer on a regular basis with a small, intimate group is really what is needed in my life, my church, and my community.  If you really think about it, the early church had power because they had relationship.  They had relationship because they prayed.  It was a great pattern then and it is a great pattern now.

I challenge you to take the time and consider the importance of individual and group prayer in your life.  This is a stark reality to me today, but if I do not act on it, like all things, it will fade in importance.  Our communities, our states, our nation, and our world are in chaos right now and there is no better time for intimacy with the one who created us and who set us free.  Ponder, analyze, and determine the veracity of what I am saying.  If you find it to be true, take action!

Blessings!