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Bob Dylan sang almost 40 years ago: ‘You’re gonna have to serve somebody. Well, it may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.’ That’s true and in this week’s Power For Living, we learn how to know if we’re really serving the Lord.
If this program has opened your heart to serving the Lord, let us know. Write to Power for Living, c/o Christ the King Church, 4 Railroad Avenue, Suite 309, Wakefield, MA 01880. Would you consider becoming a patron of this program? Click the ‘Become a Patron’ button to find out how you can help. Your monthly support will help Power For Living and Christ the King Church continue to proclaim the life saving Gospel of Jesus to the world. Thank you so much and until next week, remember that Jesus is your Power For Living.
Have you ever been eager, anxious, or impatient while waiting for a big event? We all have. In this week’s Power For Living, we find out that even though we get impatient waiting for answers to prayer or for God’s blessing, that the Lord is never late. He’s always on time, at the right time.
If this program has encouraged you, tell us. Write to Power for Living, c/o Christ the King Church, 4 Railroad Avenue, Suite 309, Wakefield, MA 01880. Would you consider becoming a patron of this program? Click the ‘Become a Patron’ button to find out how you can help. Your monthly support will help Power For Living and Christ the King Church continue to proclaim the life saving Gospel of Jesus to the world. Thank you so much and until next week, remember that Jesus is your Power For Living.
Do you want the Lord’s redemptive power in your life? Do you want to see revival? Pray along with Christ the King Church and ask the Lord to restore His church in the U.S.
Most of us can identify with this thought: We turn on the television news and see stories that grieve our heart. At times it looks like the country is more divided and in more turmoil than ever. And we know that the cure for this is a revival in the church. A revived church would shake us to our foundations and cause us to humbly go to the Lord and ask Him for His holy medicine.
So let’s pray for and seek the Lord together. That’s the only purpose behind this Sunday evening’s revival prayer service. It’s Sunday, February 26, at 6 pm at Community Christian Fellowship, 10 5 Princeton Blvd. in Lowell, MA.
You’re invited to come together with a singleness of mind and heart and ask the Lord for His mercy on this land and on His church.
Everyone builds his or her life around something.
We’ve seen people who build their lives around their job. Their job is everything. It gives them purpose, meaning, and even their identity. ‘I’m a musician,’ someone might say. ‘I’m a lawyer [God help them],’ another might say. Or, someone will say, ‘I’m a teacher.’
Other people build their lives around the heroes they follow (or admire to the point of worship). We see that all the time in Massachusetts with fully grown adults wearing a jersey with ‘Gronk’ or ‘Big Papi’s’ name on it.
Then there are the adults who build their lives around their children. They won’t admit it, but they vicariously live out their dreams through their kids. They get their kids to do all of the things they wanted to do as kid so they push their kids to play sports, learn to play the piano, be in every school play, or enter every science fair.
Then there are the parents who build their lives around their kids by spoiling their children. They choose what to eat because of what the kids like. They constantly drive their kids from one activity to another and choose activities and movies because the kids like them. They almost seem to be asking for their children’s permission for almost everything.
Obviously our children need to be a high priority in our lives, but what I’m describing is what happens all too often: Some parents allow the kids to more or less be in control. That makes for a very shaky life foundation.
However in 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, Paul talks about building our lives on Someone who is more stable and more permanent. Paul says we should build our lives on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ. He’s right of course, but we might ask, ‘How do we do that?’ It’s one thing to say we need to build our lives on the solid foundation of Jesus, but it’s quite another to know HOW to do that.
Well, Jesus tells us how in the passage giving us the Lord’s prayer. In Matthew 6:9b-11, Jesus gives us the pattern: ‘“Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.”’
So now you ask, ‘How does this tell me how to build my life on Jesus?’
It’s simple. How does Jesus tell us to start this prayer? He says, ‘“Our Father in heaven…”’ Our prayers and our thoughts should consciously start with God in mind.
Next, we pray that His name will be honored. We pray that His kingdom will be a reality and not a wish. Then we pray that His will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
However, something wonderful happens to us when we make the conscious choice to start praying for God’s Kingdom to be in evidence on this earth. It happens when we begin to pray that His will, will be done on this earth as it is in heaven. His Spirit works in our hearts and minds and we begin to change. He works in us to reshape our thinking. He does the work, but before we know it, our priorities and needs begin to change.
In the second half of the Lord’s prayer, Jesus talks about us asking for our needs. This is where the beauty is seen. What we start asking for is different. What we ‘need’ is different. Our ‘stuff’ has been changed and we see the world differently. That’s a beautiful thing.
How different might the world be if Christians would really live, and pray, this way. That kind of praying might spark a revival!
Pray For An Awakening is the revival prayer ministry of Christ the King Church, 4 Railroad Ave., Suite 309 in Wakefield, MA 01880.
You can find out more about the church at our web site: http://www.ctknorthshore.org. For our Japanese web site: http://www.ctkNorthShore.Tumblr.com. You’re also invited to check out our podcasts at http://christthekingnorthshore.podbean.com. Or, you can email us at ChristtheKingNorthShore@gmail.com. We’d love to hear from you.
New Year’s Day is coming and rather than just celebrating the turn of a calendar page, let’s make the day meaningful by seeking a fresh touch from the Lord!
Urge your church to become a part of, ’22 Days of Fire.’ It’s a Christ-centered way to start out the new year.
The first step this year is the New Year’s Day worship service, including prayer to rededicate your life and your church to the Lord and His purposes. A fellowship meal after the service would be a way to unify the people behind the vision for the fast.
The next step is a 21-day Daniel Fast until January 22nd.
A Daniel fast is patterned after Daniel’s fast in Daniel chapter one. Generally it consists of eating fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products, maybe eggs. While it’s not a rigid fast, to be genuine, you shouldn’t eat meat (including fish), junk/snack food, nor sweets (candy, desserts, donuts, etc.).
Each week has a specific focus:
+The first seven days of the Daniel Fast are to seek His mercy.
+The next seven days are to seek His wisdom and specific direction.
+The last seven days of the Daniel Fast are to seek His power and anointing for your life and for your church.
It’s recommended that everyone participating in this time of prayer and fasting have a prayer meeting during each week of the 21-day fast. Share what the Lord has shown you during the time.
If ever there was a time in our nation’s history when we need to seek the Lord it’s now! Let us join together to seek the Lord’s heart for our church, for our nation, and for our own walk with the Lord.