In 20+ years as a pastor, I have preached many message series. I have no illusions that everyone remembers everything I say. Instead, I pray that something I say in every message speaks to every person who hears the message. However, over the last two Sundays I have begun a message series that has shaken my own soul: PRAY. The first two message focus on how to pray. Here is where you can watch both messages if you have missed them…http://lakesidebaptist.com/pages/media.htm
Upcoming messages in the series include….
“Powerful Prayer” August 30
“Praying for Your Church” Part 1 September 6
“Praying for Your Church” Part 2 September 13
My own prayer life has been greatly changed as I have studied to prepare these messages. However, the PRAY series is much more than a message series. It has revitalized my own prayer life, and I believe that it is the beginning of a prayer movement in our church.
Make sure you are praying daily – preferably praying multiple times daily. Pray with your family. Pray with your church family. Study the Lord’s Prayer and Bible passages on prayer. Stay in the Word daily. Watch the messages on prayer. Finally, join me in praying at two specific times on Thursday – 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. I will be praying at those times on Thursday. I will be praying through the Lord’s Prayer. I will be praying for our hurting country to experience a mighty revival. I will be praying for needs in my own family and church family. I will be praying for Lakeside as we look toward the future. I will be praying for friends going through difficult times. No matter if you can pray for five minutes or fifty minutes. Join me in praying. Pick the time that fits your schedule and join me. If you can, pray with me at both times. Just do it. Make it a priority!
God is calling the church back to true dependence on Him and back to relying on His power rather than our own efforts. PRAY folks. PRAY. PRAY. PRAY.