Pastor Mike’s Musing…

Pastor Mike’s Musing…

For the first time in many months, a particular volunteer was asked to set up the microphones for the worship service.  Unfortunately, he couldn’t remember the combination lock on the sound cabinet.  He went to the pastor and asked for help. The pastor came into the room and began to turn the dial. After the first two numbers he paused and stared blankly for a moment. Finally he looked serenely heavenward and his lips moved silently. Then he looked back at the lock, and quickly turned to the final number, and opened the lock. The volunteer was amazed. “I’m in awe at your faith, pastor,” he said. “It’s really nothing,” the pastor answered. “The number is on a piece of tape on the ceiling.”

What is prayer to you?  Is it something that you do only when you find yourself in the worst of situations?  Is it a tool to use only when you are in need of something?  Is prayer something only the most spiritually mature people can do effectively?

Starting Sunday, February 11, we will begin a series on prayer using Saddleback Church’s 40-Days of Prayer curriculum.  Here’s their description of the series: 

Life doesn’t always go as planned. At some point, you’ll face impossible obstacles and barriers — situations that make you think there’s no way this is going to work out. But God wants to help you handle uncertainty when it comes your way. He is ready and willing to give you a breakthrough, but it doesn’t just happen spontaneously; breakthroughs happen when you seek them. And the way you seek them is through prayer.  Throughout the 40 Days of Prayer series, you will learn how to cultivate a powerful prayer life and experience breakthrough in your relationship challenges, financial difficulties, bad habits, health crisis, and many other areas of your life. 

My Wednesday morning Bible study will be working through this material—February 7 – March 21—as well as my own weekly small group.  The Wednesday morning Bible study is open to people within the church and in the community.  Look for registration information in this newsletter, the Weekly Compass, and  on the information desk in the lobby.  I want to encourage your small group to consider going through this material or create a new small group.  It is DVD-based curriculum with a study guide for each person.  You don’t have to be a scholar to use this material.  A leader simply introduces the DVD and leads the group through the discussion questions.  Call me at the church and I can help you get situated with materials.

Author and Bible teacher, Beth Moore, said, “There are parts of our calling, works of the Holy Spirit, and defeats of the darkness that will come no other way than through furious, fervent, faith-filled, unceasing prayer.”  Author and pastor, Max Lucado, said, “Our prayers may be awkward. Our attempts may be feeble. But since the power of prayer is in the one who hears it and not in the one who says it, our prayers do make a difference.”  I look forward to growing together around the subject of prayer.