This Saturday Night, we’ll be at Nicholl’s Barn – located on the Bernath Family Farm – (for Google Maps, enter this address: 3445 SR13, 32259.) We’ll get started about 6:45. And there will be dessert!
A few years back I was in a battle. I had people problems in my church. These were problems I couldn’t seem to solve and it was sapping my energy. Worse, I was losing my courage to preach God’s word fearing that if I did, the problems would get worse. I was pulling my punches, trying not to offend, watching what I said. As a result, my preaching ministry was suffering.
One Sunday during that season, my brother Joe was in town. Before the service, he took me aside, set me in a chair, and prayed over me. His words were straight forward but richly infused with God’s word. There was an authority and a power in his prayer that morning that I could feel washing over me. Tears began to role down my checks, and a fire was rekindled in my heart. I was loved. I was encouraged. I was in the presence of God. I got up a few minutes later with a renewed love for God and the people God loves. I went out and preached with power for the first time in weeks.
To be clear, my people problems did not go away, but I gained strength and hope to persevere through them. Prayer can do that. Prayer can release God’s power in the hearts and minds of people who need it!
Most people know and love someone who is struggling, fighting a battle, facing a challenge. But not everyone knows how to pray with love and authority to help. I wonder how many people give up the fight when all they needed was a good friend who could bring them to God in prayer. Good news: it is a skill that can be learned. Better news: it’s gift available to all who call on the Lord. If you want to learn somethings about prayer so that you are better equipped to help those you love, we’d like to pass on what we’ve been learning.
If you would like to grow in your ability to pray with the people you love, come and be with us this Saturday. We’d consider it an honor to help. We will gather for an evening of prayer and for equipping one another to pray on Saturday, Nov 11 at 6:45pm at Nicholl’s barn: 3445 SR13, 32259.
And by the way, if you are the one whose in the middle of a spiritual battle, we would be honored to pray with you!
Let us know if you’re coming and we will have some resources prepared for you. If you are bringing someone, let us know that, too, and we’ll do the same for them.
There is hope for every spiritual battle, for our God is mighty to save!