Build Church: Pray

It’s so simple we may actually forget to. Yet with all the very best of programmes, plans, and ideas, without spending time with God we create and build solely on our own strength and imagination. And that is never enough.

Three scriptures come to mind as a reminder of the power and importance of building through prayer, building with the Lord, seeking Him and leaning on His understanding.

Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. [Psalm 127:1]

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God [Philippians 4:6]

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. [Proverbs 3:5-6]

Prayer acknowledges that earthly wisdom is sufficient only for limited purposes.

Prayer says I am not enough but God is more than enough.

Prayer causes me to lift my eyes heavenward, to look higher and to look to God.

Prayer is to be fulfilled in combination with all diligence on my part towards what I am looking to build.

Prayer is bringing heaven to earth into the building of my own home and into the building of Gods house.

Prayer is me making sure I hear Gods voice on how things should be done.

Prayer is the antidote to my worries.

Prayer is a demonstration of my trust in God and His ability to do what I cannot.

Prayer leads me as I enjoy conversation with my heavenly Father. 

Prayer works.

Let’s be a people who don’t just build what we would like to fashion but instead be the people who get God’s insight into how things should be. As we play our part in building church, let’s pray. Let’s invite God in. Let’s ask for His kingdom to come on earth, as it is in heaven. From my own experience, I know it will make all the difference.

What’s your experience with prayer?


Fear Not

imgresGod is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear [Psalm 46:1-2a]

Yesterday in Church when these verses were spoken out they hit me, right in the head and in the heart. Talk about hearing something you needed to hear.

It’s difficult to explain, except to say that for some reason I was ‘chewed’ last night. Unsettled. It is amazing how easily something can get ahold of you and niggle at you, so the words ‘do not fear’ were like pure gold. Just what was needed.

To the stuff I just can’t seem to figure out at the moment. ‘Fear not’.

To the frustrations which don’t seem to moving. ‘Fear not.’

To the dreams that are not taking shape in the way I thought they would. ‘Fear not.’

For all who look ahead with a sense of ‘I don’t know’…’Fear not’.

God is with me. He is for me. His grace is sufficient for me. He has made me an overcomer. He is my refuge. He is my strength. A simple, but powerful reminder.

Which of Gods words are the ones you need to hold on to extra tight some days?

Read, Look, Learn & Apply

For me walking with God involves regularly reading His word. This week I have shared thoughts and reflections as I read through the Psalms. Check them out…

Taste & See

God Has Our Back

Eat, Drink & Merry

Why not try it for yourself. Psalm 37 is amazing and jam-packed full of wisdom. I’ll share my thoughts tomorrow.

Read it.

Look at it. Reflect on what you’re reading.

Learn from it. What am I reading, what is God saying to me.

Apply it. Put the Word into action.

That may seem to simple but reading the Bible doesn’t need to be complicated. We don’t need to look for some deep hidden meaning in the verse when more often than not it’s actually really clear what God is trying to say to us.

Enjoy reading the Bible. Never see it as a chore that must be completed. Just start and be expectant for what might jump out from the page into your heart and allow it have an impact on your life.

Reading the Gospels

Normally at the start of a new year I begin to read the Bible from cover to cover but this year I felt to do something a little different and I am reading the Gospels instead.

My goal is to just keep reading them, using different versions of the Bible, solely with the purpose of seeing Jesus, open to new insights that the Holy Spirit reveals, for verses to jump out at me and challenge me, to listen and discover what God would say to me through His Son. I am excited and expectant, ready to learn. I’ll share some thoughts as I go.

How about you? What’s your plan for unpacking God’s Word this year?