I have not told you this yet, but our pastor is leaving.
I have known for a few weeks now, but it has taken some time for the reality of the situation to really sink in. Please understand that we do NOT want him to leave. He has done nothing wrong. It is the exact opposite. He and his wife feel like God is calling them to start a new church in Round Rock, Texas. They are leaving our church to be missionaries in an area of Texas that desperately needs it. His last Sunday is July 31st.
For his last sermon series Pastor Steve has been talking about the power of a praying church. It has been a great series so far and I am learning so much! However, yesterday was more convicting then I expected. Pastor Steve told us that as a church we are only as strong as our weakest link. Then he asked us to consider our own personal prayers lives and asked what kind of impact we were making for the kingdom in prayer.
I began to think about my own prayer life and it did not take me long to realize that I could be the weakest link in our church! God has been working on me in so many areas of my life, this year. At the beginning of the year He brought me to a place where I was finally able to make my quiet time a priority. Recently, I have felt that God wanted me to make my prayer life a priority as well. I have felt like He wanted me to make this part of our daily time together.
So, during the invitation I gave my prayer life over to God and asked Him to work in my life and heart to make it what it needs to be. As soon as church was over I drove to Target on a mission to find 3x5 cards that would help me to keep track of my prayer requests!
Sunday afternoon I made note cards for Jon, my family, Jon’s family, my friends, our church, and our Sunday school class. I will keep them in my note card holder and pray for these different people throughout the week. As prayer requests are answered or the prayer requests change, I can make a new 3x5 card for that person.
In all, I spent less than $2.00 on these at Target. I think this is a small price to pay to help me to revive my prayer life and be obedient to what God is asking me to do.
I posted a few pictures for you to see what I am talking about.
How about you? What does your prayer life look like?