Prayer: The First of All Principle!
Happy New Year! The first of all principle is to pray! I want to encourage you to start 2017 by praying. This is a time to seek the Lord for your personal life, your families, your business and for Southgate Church.
7 things that prayer will do for you and Southgate:
1) Prayer will keep us dependent upon the Lord – Humility
Luke 18:9-14 “And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
2) Prayer will keep us from temptation – Protection
Mark 14:38 “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit truly is willing, but the flesh is weak.” – Prayer of Jabez – “Keep me from evil” 1 Chronicles 4:10
3) Prayer will keep us in His grace – Mercy – come boldly before His throne of grace in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
4) Prayer will keep us in a spirit of unity – that there would be no contention; maintain a high level of love for one another and forgiveness
Acts 4:24 “…all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God:…”
5) Prayer will keep us focused on the vision. Allows the Holy Spirit to speak into our hearts.
Revelations 3:21-22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
6) Prayer will keep us from losing heart – builds up a spirit of encouragement.
Luke 18:1 “Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,”
7) Prayer will keep us strong in the Lord – He that waits upon the Lord shall renew his strength – able to hold up the shield of faith to ward off the fiery darts of the enemy.
Isaiah 40:31-41:1 “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” Eph 6:10-18