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I just realize that today’s Scripture for our 21 Days of Prayer happen to be the same one I’m teaching on today.  I don’t think this was planned.  In John 14:16-17, God promised to send the disciples another parakletos.  The Spirit would be to the disciples all Jesus had been to them: a teacher, comforter, helper, advocate, encourager, rebuker, convicter, etc.  Jesus came to stay temporarily.  The Spirit would dwell within them forever.  Jesus was limited to one location.  The Spirit would dwell in multiple people at the same time and not be limited to location.  This same Holy Spirit guides us, discloses God’s truth to us, and glorifies God through our lives.  It is the Spirit that shows us the height, depth, and breadth of God.  It is the same Spirit that convicts the world of sin, even though they don’t know Him.  When a person somehow realizes that they are guilty of disobeying God and responds by placing their faith in Jesus Christ, it is the Holy Spirit who is at work.  He convicts and draws.  While God may appear to be silent and absent to us, the Holy Spirit is always at work

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21 Days of Prayer: Day 4

Before Jesus taught his disciples how to pray, he taught them how not to pray. In Matthew 6, he warned them about being hypocritical, vain, and selfish in their prayers. Prayer is about fanning the flame of intimacy with God. This is the reason Jesus told them to go to their closets and close the door. In the midst of life’s busyness, it is so important that we have uninterrupted alone time with God. Away from the noise. Away from distractions. Just us and our Maker.

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The women of The Bridge will gather to pray this evening as part of our Seek Solemn Assembly. The prayer gathering will take place at 7:30pm at the Silver Spring Civic Center.  Scripture is filled with women who prayed amd served God faithfully. Luke 2:36-38 speaks of Anna the prophetess who served in the temple with fastings and prayers.  In 1 Samuel, Hannah poured out her heart before the Lord as she yearned to birth a child. Godly women are women of prayer. Her greatest assets are her knees.  She realizes that apart from God she can do nothing.  While others think they are too busy to pray, she realizes that she’s too busy to not pray.  I pray that God will be attentive as His daughters cry out to Him tonight.

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More Prayer

My sermon prep for our MySpace series has really challenged me in the area of prayer.  It’s always good to be reminded of who this thing is all about.  It’s all about God and we need to have a hungry dependence on Him.  I’m thinking about extending it for three weeks.  I found some more good stuff on prayer during my devotional time with God.  We’ll see.

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This Sunday, we are launching a new series at The Bridge on prayer called MySpace. We will discuss why and how we should pray for two weeks…at least that’s the plan for now.  I can’t wait to teach our people about prayer.  Prayer has become somewhat of a lost art in the church.  It’s so common place that it doesn’t strike us as a big deal.  There’s an old cliche that says, “Seven days without prayer makes one weak.” Get it?  A little corny now, but it resonated with me when I heard it in college.  A pastor once said to me, “I have people that come to me with problems all the time; marital issues, relationship problems, sin, moral shortcomings, addictions.  The first thing I ask them is, ‘Have you been consistent in your prayer life?‘  The answer is always no.”  Most of the challenges we face stem from our failure to spend consistent time with God.  We’re going to nail it starting this Sunday.

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