Concert of Prayer

 We invite you to join us each Sunday prior to the service at 9:15 to participate in the prayer force.

 

 

"A day without prayer is a day without blessing

and a life without prayer is a life without power."

Edwin Harvey

 

 

Why Bother Praying?

 

Prayer reinforces our dependence on God for everything.  Furthermore, Jesus said in Matthew 6:5  "and when you pray.." not IF.  God chose, from the beginning of creation, to work on the earth through humans, not independent of them,  God always will, even at the cost of becoming one. Though God is sovereign and all powerful, Scripture tells us that God limited himself concerning the affairs of earth , to work through human beings.

from Intercessory Prayer: Praying for Friends and Enemies

by Jane E. Vennard



 

The power of prayer cannot be diminished by distance; it is not limited by age; infirmity, politcal changes or restrictions. 

The power of prayer in the life of an obedient Christian can only be underminded by neglect. 

David Bentley-Taylor



 

Article dated January 28th 2011

KneEmail

Mike Benson, Editor

MONDAY, APRIL 13, 1970, dawned as a quiet day in the news....

None of the news stories had a particular sense of urgency--a small plane crashed in Iowa, the anti-war movement continued to grow, people blamed John and Yoko's marriage for the breakup of the Beatles, the Senators beat the Red Sox 6-5, the Brewers swept a double header with the White Sox 5-2, 16-2, and Apollo 13 rocketed its way to the moon.

This ho-hum day received a powerful jolt at 10:08 p.m. (EST).  The Apollo 13 flight--two days, seven hours, and 54 minutes into a routine mission--experienced a terrible mishap.  Moments later, from a distance of 203,980 miles, the now immortal words of astronaut Jack Swigert crossed the void of space and crackled over the speakers of Mission Control; "OK, Huston, we've had a problem here."  In disbelief, the controllers radioed back,  "This is Houston, say again please."  Jim Lovell then spoke five words that confirmed the alarm: "Huston, we've had a problem."

Apollo 13's five-word message galvanized NASA into action and arrested the attention of an otherwise distracted public.

Amazingly, the next day, both the House and Senate passed resolutions calling on the American people to pray.  At St. Peter's Square, the pope led 50,000 people in prayer for the safe return of the astronauts.  In New York City, thousands of people gathered to read the news headlines and to pray in Times Square.  Walter Cronkite summarized everyone's concern: "Perhaps never in human history has the entire world been so united by such a global drama."  As the world watched and prayed, NASA raced to find a solution and eventually did succeed in returning the crew of Apollo 13 safely to Earth

THOUGHT:  The words "Houston, we've had a problem" communicated powerfully in 1970.  Today we need to articulate an even greater dilemma,  "Christians, we have a problem."  Many of us are going about our lives, ignoring the millions of desperate, unrecognized cries for help  We're letting an increasing number of our neighbors and friends die without the life-giving news of Jesus Christ.  Our words may affirm our concern, but our behavor indicates that we really don't care. Tom Clegg and Warren Bird, "Reaching People Who Don't Believe They Are Lost,  Missing in America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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