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90 Days of Prayer

As part of Revive, the Bible Church wants to display the importance of prayer and the role it plays in our everyday lives. From lifting up praises and concerns to intentional fasting from food or comforts, it is our hope that we, as a church, would come together and seek the Lord through prayer.

A prayer area has been provided outside of the auditorium for anyone who wishes to come during building hours. You will find a prayer wall, devotional pamphlets, and seating for all. There will also be special events each month that will highlight some aspect of prayer. Lastly, the Bible Church has taken efforts to develop a prayer devotional written by members of this church. An article will be released each week and uploaded to this page. May the Lord bless this time as we earnestly seek Him through prayer.

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” 1 John 5:13-14

Spurgeon, Prayer, and Easter

I've always enjoyed reading anything by Charles Spurgeon. If you're unfamiliar with his name, Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a 19th-century personality known then and now as "The Prince of Preachers." Long before the megachurch, nearly 6,000 people crowded every service to hear Spurgeon wax and wane audibly through his preaching of God's Word. Thousands upon thousands of people attribute his preaching ministry to their conversion experience. But, there's a little-known secret as to why Spurgeon's preaching spurned so many lost souls to new birth in Christ... prayer.

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His Mysterious Ways

A few weeks ago, Matthew came to me right before the worship service. He is known to be a funny man and sometimes brings a surprise (e.g. magic tricks) to others at church. However, he was a little serious that morning. He sat down in front of my seat and said, with kindness and compassion, “We are praying for you.  Please let us know what we can do for you.” He then told me that the church knew what I had gone through recently in my life.  After he left, tears came from my eyes unexpectedly, and a mysterious warmth seeped into my heart.  In that moment, I felt that God knows and He cares.

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Prayer – A Personal Relationship, Not a Formula

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will fill your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:4-7(NIV).

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Boundless and Present

Prayer is fascinating when you consider that our boundless Creator has made a way for us to communicate with Him. However, when considering God’s relationship to man, a common mistake made. Sometimes, we tend to overemphasize God’s transcendence (the reality that God is not bound to the physical world). This can cause us to deemphasize the truth of His immanence (His present witness in the physical world). We create an unrealistic distance between God and man leading people to question the necessity of prayer: If God is so far beyond me, why would he care about my prayers? The truth is, God is both beyond our comprehension and near to us!

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The Holiness of Prayer

"Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?"
                                                                                            1 Corinthians 6:19

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Obedience in Prayer

Prayer has not always been my strongest attribute. Since accepting Jesus as Lord when I was young, I have prayed with joy, passion, fear, indifference, apathy, urgency, confusion, frustration – the list goes on. There were times when I took Paul’s charge to “pray without ceasing” very seriously and constantly felt the need to pray. Praying became more of a compulsive habit than personal communication with God. The act of prayer is what I thought God wanted to see, that if I prayed I was being an obedient Christian. As long as I was being obedient, everything was fine. I guess King Saul thought the same way.

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Why Do We Pray?

   So…why do you pray?

Because we are supposed to?
Because God wants us to?
Because it's how God gets things done?

While each of these is somewhat true, they are not the main motivation to pursue God in prayer - at least not for me. I think one of the most understated reasons for prayer is this: God desires to meet with us.

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Faith-filled Prayer

I am usually honored when someone asks me to pray for him or her. However, on occasion, a thought pierces me and shoves me like a bully saying, “who are you to pray on behalf of them?”

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Prayer for the Restless

When I was little my grandfather would take me up his mountain trails and teach me Bible verses. He had about a dozen scattered along the trail wood burned onto plaques. To this day those are my favorite verses. I can clearly recall the very first- only about 2 minutes into the hike- and it said “Be still and know that I am God” Ps. 46:10. Looking back I realize how lucky I was to learn that verse in such an environment. Surrounded by nature, and the glorious silence of the world. Now as a young 20-something I long for those simple times, but the message inscribed on the trail still rings true.

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Spiritual Amnesia

Paul Tripp is a pastor, biblical counselor, prolific author, and speaker. During my freshman year of college, he spoke at a conference that I attended. A point that he made in passing during a session has returned to my mind many times since then. It was this: Christians are a unique kind of amnesiacs. We are forgetful people. As believers in Christ, we know and trust the Son of God. We trust that God the Father loves us; we know that he provides for us, and we believe that he empowers us to live godly lives.Though we say that we know these things, trust these characteristics, and believe these promises, we still sin. We still choose to trust our own power and believe that our circumstances are all encompassing. We don’t know how we can possibly show grace to that annoying coworker and we struggle to trust that God will restore that relationship. Satan issued the first invitation to forget God’s true words and promises in Genesis 3:1 when he said, “Did God actually say?” Since then, each and every day, humanity has forgotten God’s characteristics and the promises that he has made.

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Prayer for the Pragmatist

Prayer for the Pragmatist

I am a pragmatist – I think about function over form, and I generally follow my reason, my thinking and the evidence that is in front of me when making decisions. And I am willing to be diligent and to work hard toward a goal that is important to me. It is a privilege to serve CHBC as Church Administrator and be able to apply my gifts and skills to serving its needs every day.

When it comes to my prayer life, I don’t have any trouble praying earnestly and fervently for my friends and loved ones who are sick, who are going through a hard time, who are facing a decision or have experienced a disappointment or grief. God wants to hear about our needs, I know, and he is eager to listen and to show how much he loves us in answering our prayers.

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