Thanks for bearing with me while we spent three weeks on prayer. As I look back, here are some takeaways.
Prayer is about more closely aligning our will with God’s will.
Prayer is about listening at least twice as much as talking.
God’s will being done “on earth as in heaven” is going to involve a willingness to change in major ways.
“Daily bread” reminds us to be present in the moment, rather than re-adjudicating yesterday and worrying about tomorrow.
It doesn’t work to try to fill eternal hunger with temporal things. Only Christ can fill our void.
The Lord’s Prayer binds us to forgiveness to the same measure that we are willing to forgive others.
We are all susceptible to temptation. The Lord’s Prayer asks God to deliver us when the temptation is great.
Finally, prayer changes things.
Every building has a foundation. The better and stronger the foundation, the more likely the building will survive storms, etc. Ministry is no different. Some things we do are more visible and flashier. They are the building. But the building can’t survive without a strong foundation. The foundation is the boring old expenses that we pay regularly. The news media will never report on our paying the light bill, but, it may report on our Project Suppertime ministry. Guess what? Without the light bill being paid, Project Suppertime couldn’t do its ministry.
“Why are you telling us this?” I hear you asking. Just this: the General Fund, you know, the light bill, etc. is coming up just a bit short these days. I’m asking you to strengthen the foundation by giving more to the general fund and less to designated funds. The building will stand straighter if we take care of the foundation.
PS-Don’t forget the Annual Charge Conference at St. James UMC on Saturday, October 30. There will be two work sessions at 9;00 followed by the Charge Conference business at 10:00 a.m. We should be concluded by 11:00 a.m.
See you Sunday,