Susie Mc

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Verse and Message (Week of August 7-13, 2011) August 9, 2011

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James 5:16

The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with.

This week was the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year at Church of the Highlands. Each year our church dives into an intense prayer focus in January and in August. We are challenged to ramp up our prayer life and participate together for 21 days. Prayer gatherings take place from 6 am to 7 am Monday through Friday and 9 am to 10 am on Saturdays at all of our locations, including our online campus at www.churchofthehighlands.com

I receive an email from “Guideposts” each week, and incidentally, not coincidentally, last week’s inspiration was entitled, “Remembering to Pray.” I wanted to share five suggestions that may prompt us to pray.

1. Link prayer to a regular activity.

Whatever you do as part of your daily routine, consider having a conversation with God. A great way to remind yourself would be to include a scripture verse to get you started while you are getting dressed (Isaiah 61:10), driving to work (Psalm 77:12), or doing laundry (Psalm 26:6). It’s a beautiful way to start the day with God first!

2. Let your schedule do the work.

Simply schedule time for worship and prayer. It seems to make sense. We schedule most everything else we do. This way, time with the Lord won’t be put off or overlooked.

3. Tie a string around your finger technology.

Use post-it notes to flag your time of prayer, or sign up for a scripture phone app.

4. Turn off the vacuum of social media.

Instead of logging onto Facebook, consider interacting with Jesus. Turn the television off and turn on some worship music to settle into some time for our Father.

5. Connect the old-fashioned way.

Link up with a prayer partner or join a small group. Participate in our 21 days of prayer.

I hope you will join us as we pray for an “awakening” in our spirits, our city, our country, and all over the world. Wouldn’t it be incredible if everyone believed in the power of prayer?!

Father,

Thank you for teaching us to pray through the best Intercessor, your Son, Jesus Christ. May we always consider your agenda first. Provide clarity and direction in our lives and help not forget the power You promise when we read your Word and seek Your presence. May our desires reflect Your desires, and may we depend on nothing or no one outside of YOU. Thank you for the gift of communicating with You!

Amen

**For more information on 21 days of prayer observed by Church of the Highlands, please visit the following link**

http://21days.churchofthehighlands.com/

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