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We Need to Pray

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up. Psalm 5:3 (KJV)

There are times when I pray that I wish for the perfect words, yet when I kneel, stand, or sit in prayer whatever words I think or say are the right words because I have shared them with a purpose with the Lord.

Prayer is the foundation of intimacy with God, the “inward movement” that we make toward God. In its most elaborate and simplest form, prayer is conversation with the Father, through the Son, by the Spirit.

We enter into communication, conversation and communion with God through prayer. Prayer is relationship driven. We pray because we are in a relationship with God in Christ through the Holy Spirit, and apart from prayer we would not have much of a relationship.

We come to God daily in prayer. Often empty, often having to woodenly plod through the acrostic ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) as our soul often needs help to find its way. We tell God we love him, and offer him praise for who he is. We confess our sins – specifically, graphically – as our mind scrolls through the day before. We thank God for all that we have been given, acknowledging that every good and perfect gift comes from above; and we ask him for help – to intervene, to provide, to come to our rescue.

Our time in prayer matters.
I have found that prayer, no matter how dry, forced, or mechanical it might be, opens my life to a longer conversation and communication with God throughout the day. It is as if my morning prayer invites him into the flow of things and sets him prominently in the forefront of my thoughts and feelings. From this, I am able to engage the world I live in – and which lives in me – with a transcendent mooring instead of a temporal one. My inner world is transformed, for it is wrenched away from life lived on the hurried, frantic level of activity and thrust into the eternity of soul and spirit.

There God speaks, corrects, reminds, renews. I then find myself able to walk through the world with sharpened eyes, increased sensitivity to the Spirit’s promptings, heightened insight and deepened wisdom. Even more, when I have come to God in prayer and asked for him to infuse my life with his power and provision, I tap into the resources of heaven itself.

Apart from this, I can do nothing.

In Christ,

—Pastor Ernie

news & events

August 28 & 29Lay Pastor's Ministry Equipping Seminar

St. John’s will be hosting a Lay Minister’s Equipping Seminar on August 28 & 29. This 2-day seminar is offered to those interested in becoming a Lay Minister, or those who wish to know more about this caring ministry. Mark your calendars and prayerfully consider if this is a ministry for you. Details can be found on the Lay Ministry bulletin board outside the office, soon. See Marianne Wiegman for more information.

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September 10Men’s Breakfast

Thursday, September 10th at 7:00 AM at Gregg’s BBQ in Statesville.

September 12Community Breakfast

8 AM—10 AM in St. John's Fellowship Hall. Come & bring your neighbor—Donations to benefit local charities.

September 19Lasagna Dinner Fall Fundraiser

Tickets are on sale. Tickets: $10; kids (12 & under): $5. Call or see Leslie Davidson for tickets (704-872-0362).

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Sunday, August 23

9:30 am Sunday School (all ages)
10:30 am Worship

Tuesday, August 25

7:00 pm Yokefellow Meeting

Friday, August 28

4:00 pm Lay Ministry Seminar

Saturday, August 29

8:00 am Lay Ministry Seminar

Sunday, August 30

9:30 am Sunday School (all ages)
10:30 am Worship


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