Good afternoon Grace Church!

Thank the Lord for prayer! The Lord gives to each of us the open door of prayer. He allows us access into His presence. Given our present circumstances, now is the time to pray. As things in the world unfold before us, prayer is more needful than ever. God’s Word points us to prayer. Our Lord Jesus points us to prayer, and the early church prayed. I’ve been praying for our country, our leaders and our people daily for some time now. What about the families of our soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday? Yes, we are all praying for them as well. What else can we do? Thank the Lord for prayer. The writer of Hebrews blesses us with these words in Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Wow, what a verse!!! Our Lord hears us… He cares about the things that burden us. I don’t know about you, but I’m thankful for prayer. Please take some time for prayer. Gather your family and pray together for your family, your church, and your country. Jesus told us that we would face tough times just as He did. He also promised us that He would always stand by us and with us. I’m glad I’m a Christian… I know you are too! Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! Behold, Thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee.

This Sunday, August 29th, is going to be a special day here at Grace Church. We will be praying together as we did a few months back. Many of you encouraged us to do this again. I can’t think of a better way to worship together! Can you? Our music, our Scriptures and my challenge from God’s Word will all be centered around prayer! The first chapter of Acts describes the early church as she prayed. What a beautiful thing, the church in prayer!!! Look at Acts 1:13-14 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.14  These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. Plan to be here Sunday as we gather to pray over our church families, our ministries and our nation. I can’t think of anything more important for us to do together than to pray! I’ll see you Sunday!

Thank you for your faithfulness to our Lord and to His church! Loving each other as we serve Christ is wonderful way to live. Keep your eyes on Jesus, and keep your knees down in prayer. Our Heavenly Father eagerly awaits our prayers. Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

Loving God and loving each other!

Pastor Mike <><