Susie Mc

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Verse and Message (Week of Aug 8-14, 2010) August 13, 2010

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Nehemiah 1:11
“O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”
Hebrews 4:16
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Currently we are in the midst of 21 Days of Prayer at Church of the Highlands. At the birth of our church, God revealed to Pastor Chris Hodges that PRAYER at Church of the Highlands was to be a PRIORITY! Since the church began, our worship home has had a specific prayer focus to last 21 days starting at the beginning of each January and each August. No doubt, if you have been a part of Church of the Highlands, there is no denying the POWER behind these prayer seasons.
The way it works is as follows: 
Monday through Friday from 6 am to 7 am, and Saturday 9 am to 10 am the Grants Mill Campus leads the prayer focus. Pastor Chris or another pastor who serves at Church of the Highlands gives a ten minute word or mini-message to stir our faith into action. Following that brief yet powerful feeding, the worship team selects a song in movement with the message and the daily prayer focus. Once the worship song is concluded, participants take about 30 minutes to pray intimately on their own. There are prayer resources available such as an extensive version of the Lord’s Prayer, an outline of the Tabernacle Prayer, Warfare Prayers, and connection cards from the previous weekend’s services that include personal prayer requests from church attendees and members. A play- list of worship music is heard throughout the auditorium as to allow each person to pray out loud and still be comfortable in private prayer with the Lord. At the closing of the hour, the pastor who shared the starting thought brings everyone together to pray in harmony over what he prays out loud as the worship team plays in the background.
Currently, Highlands is broadcasting the prayer focus at our campus locations in Riverchase, Greystone, Tuscaloosa, Auburn, and now Montgomery. In addition, anyone who cannot make it to any of the aforementioned locations can tune into the streamlined version live on-line at from a computer at home.  I urge you all to consider this opportunity, as prayer is best in numbers. Also, we pray over numerous areas including our city, our nation, and our world, so prayer is not limited to Church of the Highlands alone. We welcome participation from anywhere in the city, nation, or world from any and all denominations. We are in this together.
Finally, I wanted to share “Four Elements of Prayer” that may assist you if you choose to join us during the last half of the 21 Days of Prayer. Pastor Chris shared this nugget today, and I couldn’t help but share his anointed wisdom on the subject of prayer.
 Wood Cross  
First, we must base our entire prayer time on GOD’S CHARACTER–not ours.  Worship and adoration of our Mighty Deliverer is the best starting point. When we do this, we enter into the beautiful presence of the Lord. Praying the Covenant Names of God is a powerful way to remember His amazing character.
Second, it’s significant to get ourselves cleaned up in PURE CONFESSION so we can be utilized as a vessels of honor for Him. In the Tabernacle Prayer, we go to the “laver” to receive cleansing. At His throne of grace, we can always count on His mercy to touch us with holiness and provide us with the mind of Christ, if we would seek Him earnestly.
  Bible 1 
Third, we can obtain CONFIDENCE from His Holy Word. By speaking His Word over our lives and the lives of others, we simply are quoting what beautiful things that the Lord has already claimed over us. When we speak in agreement to His Word, we gain that God-Confidence that we can’t receive anywhere else. Oh and just a side-note….there are 7,000 incredible promises in God’s Word for us to partake.
Lastly, when we have a plan and target specific areas in our prayers, the Lord responds more effectively, because we are in CLARITY with Him. In other words, when we choose to present specific requests and needs, by speaking CLEARLY, we are then able to recognize how CLEAR He can be with us; and that requires listening too. Vague prayers are boring–so, be clear in your prayer life–don’t beat around a “burning bush.” (pun intended)
**Please join us for 21 Days of Prayer through August 21**



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