Nop. I am not giving it away yet. You won't know until Sunday or until the devotion on Monday what my premiere ONE PRAYER sermon is. But I have some stuff I need to say in preparation for our series. By the way ... I AM EXCITED BIG TIME about this series and what God is going to do in and through it.
On the official website several reasons are given for this series. They are: Promote unity in the body of Christ, Remove geographical barriers by allowing individuals to learn from great teachers and ministries around the world, Refocus our understanding of the Church as a body of believers instead of a physical location, Raise money to start churches in strategic areas across the globe, Intensify our spiritual growth as we fast, pray, and seek God in concert with more than 700,000 other believers.
If those reasons don't light your fire, jump start your motor or fill your spiritual bank, you must be DEAD. It is time to get in, get ready and pray up. Yep. It mentioned fasting and seeking the Lord. There is nothing we can do that is more important than seeking the Lord. Finding Him. Enjoying Him. Hearing Him. Loving Him. And worshipping Him. Doing that changes us, refocuses us and empowers us to be more like Jesus and to impact the world in greater ways.
Recently I told The Community Fellowship family that God is positioning us to be able to impact our community in far greater ways. He is doing this in several ways (joining us with another church, putting series like this before us, growing and changing us). What I believe to be the next step is genuinely seeking the Lord. My One Prayer thought is that!
Isaiah 55:6 (nasb) --- Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.
Hebrews 11:6 (nlt) --- And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
Acts 17:27 (nlt) --- His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.
There is nothing to compare to getting to know God. To see our prayers answered and our hearts changed is an awesome, awesome thing. Seeking Him is the next step.
When we seek God, we recognize and admit our need for God and find ourselves seeing others as He sees them. You see, there are lost people, people without hope all around us, and we have the opportunity to let God work through us so that those people, and us, will never be the same.
1 Chronicles 16:11 (nlt) --- Seek the LORD and His strength;Seek His face continually.
Father, use us to make a huge difference for you. If that means I need to be changed, change me. Help me to see and to love you more. In Jesus' name, Amen.