From The Pastor


Dear Church Family,


Did your parents or someone else ever tell you to go to your room? It usually meant that you were in trouble or had done something that you shouldn’t have. Jesus also tells us to go to your room, but it has positive implications; “when you pray, go into your room and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place…” (Matthew 6:6).


Prayer is coming into perfect fellowship and oneness with God. In fact Jesus prayed before going to the cross that we would be one with the Father as He was one with Him. Oswald Chambers says, “The point of prayer is not to get answers from God, but to have perfect and complete oneness with Him.” If we pray only because we want answers, we miss out on the intimate relationship we can have with God.


Jesus says to “shut your door.” This means deliberately shutting the door on the things of this world, the things that distract us, and even our self and to opening the door of our lives completely to God. If we will swing the door of our lives fully open and pray to our Father who is in the secret place, every public thing in our lives will be marked with the lasting imprint of the presence of God.


We often look at prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves, but God’s purpose of prayer is that we may get to know Him. In our getting to know God and becoming one with Him, a transformation or change takes place within our lives. To say that “prayer changes things” is not as close to the truth as saying, “prayer change me and then I change things.” Prayer is an acknowledgement that I need God; that things are beyond my control and help is needed. It states a dependence and trust in God.


May the prayer of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be fulfilled in each of us---“that they may all be one, even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us: that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me…I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity…” (John 17:21, 23).


Be devoted to prayer,


Pastor Kirk

   August 2019   
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