Actually Praying

Following the Red Road Series #14 – “Actually Praying” – Pastor Frank Robinson – 05/03/2015

Matthew 7:7-12

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Jesus on Prayer

Following the Red Road Series #9 – “Jesus on Prayer” – Pastor Frank Robinson – 03/08/2015

Matthew 6:5-8

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Sermon Description: Prayer is vital to our Christian experience.

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Refining Fire #4, Danger in the Shortcut

The Refining Fire #4 – 10/27/13

Danger in the Shortcut – Acts 8:14-24

“Outside the city are the dogs ~ the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murders,
the idol worshipers, and all who love to live a lie.” ~ Revelation 22:15
(Judgement’s last comment)
Our premise: We are in the last of the Last Days. Be ready!

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The Prayerful Reach

Sermon Series – The Reachers, #9 – The Prayerful Reach, Acts 1:12-14

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Ask, using My Name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.  John 16:24b

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From the Desk of Pastor Frank 1.10.13

It’s official: Christ Center has launched 2013 right by having a 72 hour prayer and praise vigil in our Sanctuary starting on Day 1 and ending on Day 4! 

 

As we began this vigil, we learned that one of our sister church in Sedona,Solid Rock, had planned another 24 hour prayer vigil in their Sanctuary  starting a minute after ours ended for a total of 96 hours of prayer. With all this prayer now in place, I am confident that the collective mission of the churches of Sedona to reach our town for Jesus Christ is moving forward in a remarkable way in 2013. What I am saying is “God’s got plans, He will see them through and we get to come along for the ride!”

 

Our inspiration for our vigil came from Hosea 6:1-3, which is a great theme verse for any church or individual that is seeking to draw nearer to God. We know that the Prophet Hosea was dealing with the rampant idolatry of the  Northern Kingdom when God sent this download (about 760 B.C.). The tone of judgment after judgment against the idolaters radically shifts to a merciful offer ~ “Come on, let’s return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces, but He will heal us, etc.” It goes on to say that “restoration and newness” are as sure to come as the arrival of the dawn and the spring rains.”

  This image of “the certainty of dawn” was graphically brought home every early morning of the vigil. Here we were, about 8 of us worshiping God at Zero Dark Thirty, looking out into the pitch black through our Sanctuary’s famous window and as we continued to look at apparent nothingness the outline of “Snoopy Rock” was gaining more definition ever so slightly  as the dawn’s light slowly broke around it. As Hosea had prophesied, God’s blessing was a sure thing. By 7:30, we were flooded by the light.

 

We had 6 hours of praise time planned during the course of the vigil. When I say “planned” what I mean is, time was set aside for praise with the Worship Team, but nothing was planned as far as song selection. It seemed with each session of praise, we got better at hearing what the Holy Spirit wanted us to sing, so by the time we got to the final hour, we were in an amazing sync with God. It was one of the most blessed times of praise I can remember.

So, what are the lessons learned from this vigil?

 

First, things like spiritual refreshment, healing, restoration are available for those who are in the Spiritual doldrums, but these things must be sought. These blessing are not gained by accident. We don’t have to be weak, dull and lifeless in our journey with God. We can be refreshed – but we need to pursue it with zeal.

 

We also learned that there are no short cuts or tricks in the spiritual life. Times of solitude and silence can be difficult for seriously distracted people like myself, but once we get the “plague of flies” out of our heads, here is the Presence of the Lord. He was there the whole time, we were just being absurd (the Latin word “surdis” means “deaf”) but now we can hear Him.

 

(Listen to Pastor Frank’s Complete Teaching Series on Boldness, Refreshing and Restoration in the Lord.)  

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One other item we learned, but it will have to verified later. I don’t think Christ Center is going to have a problem with our future vigils. None of us had ever been part of a 72 hour vigil (I set the length based on verse 2 in the Hosea 6 passage; it was going to take 3 days). We rolled through the 72 hours so smoothly, I would venture to say it was breeze. Folks are telling me that want to do it again and soon.

 

Let us keep our eyes open to see How God answers our prayers from this vigil, and let us keep pressing on toward the Heavenly prize.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Pastor Frank
Christ Center Wesleyan Church