Faint Not, Feb 17, 2013

Luke 18:1-8, Isa. 40:28-31, Prov. 24:10
– “faint” – to become feeble, idle, or lazy; to lack stamina
– it’s not wrong to feel faint, it makes you human
– we need strength when adversity comes
– individuals being obedient to God makes a huge affect in the world
– there’s no generation gap, but there is an experience gap
– examples of people that didn’t quit: Walt Disney, Henry Ford, R.H. Macy, F.W. Woolworth, Soichiro Honda, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, etc.
– when a Christian faints – at least three things take place:
  1. they become spiritually weak – the least little things detour them
  2. there is darkness
  3. there is a losing touch with reality
– when you find yourself faint, 
  1. find someone to lean on:
    – the Lord (Isa. 40:31, Job 2:7)
    – saints (God’s people will pray for you and hold you up)
    – family (they will stand by you when others won’t)
    – friends
  2. sit down for a while (rest in God)
  3. get a drink – drink deeply from the Word of God
  4. get some fresh air. Ask the Holy Spirit to breathe over your soul (Ps. 61:1-8)

Devoted to Prayer, Part 3, Feb 10, 2013

Col. 4:12
– A – Alone and Assembled
  – being devoted to prayer means you’ll regularly pray alone and in teh assembly of others
  – is assembled prayer part of your life? Do you gather with at least one other person to pray on a regular basis?
  – be alert to what God puts on your heart about who to pray with and when
  – Acts 1:14, 12:12
– D = Desparate and Delighted
– E = Explosive and Extended (both short and long)
  – be intentional about extended prayer
– S = Spontaneous and Scheduled
  – scheduled planning and practice allows for spontaneity
  – if we are devoted to prayer, we will pray spontaneously through the day without ceasing
  – The true rich fruit of spontaneity grows in the garden that is well tended by the discipline of schedule.
– whatever you give yourself to, that’s what you’ll become strong in

Devoted to Prayer, Part 2, Feb 3, 2013

– be devoted to prayer
– why pray?
  1. God commands us to pray
  2. the needs are great and eternal things are at stake (Rom. 10:1)
  3. God acts when we pray and often does more in seconds than we could do in hours or weeks or sometimes years
– how to pray:
  – F = free and formed:
      – pray the Bible, Eph. 3:14-19, pray the Lord’s prayer, pray the commands of the Bible, pray the promises of the Bible, pray the warnings of the Bible
      – lists, books, patterns