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Pastor's Corner - October 2018

posted Sep 29, 2018, 3:07 PM by Linda Dickinson

Greetings Elmwood Family and Friends,

Philippians 4:6 “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing”

James 5:16 “The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.”

This month I want to take us back to one of the foundational elements of our faith:  PRAYER.  If you are like me, your prayer life has its ups and downs, it ebbs and flows.  It is always there, but at times it seems to intensify.  With the revitalization process going on here at Elmwood this has been a season of increased intercession. 

Years ago someone shared with me the following simple guide to prayer:

            Praise

            Repent

            Ask

            Yield

When we come into the presence of God it is a good thing to give Him PRAISE.  We enter His courts of the King of Kings with praise!  First-off, spend some time praising Him for His great love and goodness, for His unmerited favor and grace, for His provision, His care, for His promise to always be with us, to be the one who walks with us through the valley of the shadow of death.  Count your blessings and give the Lord high praise.

After your time of praise, spend some in confessing your sin to the Lord.  Come to the foot of the cross. REPENT of your sin.  Acknowledge your desperate need for grace and mercy.  Humble yourself and allow the Holy Spirit to wash, cleanse, and free you from all sin by the precious blood of Christ.  Receive His complete forgiveness and in the Holy Name of Jesus be free.

Next ASK of the Lord.  Make your requests known.  Seek His loving heart.  Pour out your concerns, your cares, your joys, and your sorrows.  Jesus invites you to ask, seek, and knock.  Be brave, be bold.  Approach the throne of God with confidence because of your royal status as a blood bought child of the Most High King.

Finally YIELD.  Let it all go into the hands of the Savior.  Surrender your rights, honors, and privileges.  Trust and believe that He hears your prayers, not on your merit, but on the merit of Christ alone.  Acknowledge His incredible love and pure goodwill for you.  His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always perfect, right, and good.

Your prayers are vital.  Your prayers are powerful.  Please pray without ceasing.

Prayerfully,

Pastor Fred
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