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2022 Month of Prayer

January 4th

“The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.

After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.

And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

‭‭1 Kings‬ ‭19:11-12‬ ‭(NIV‬‬)

 

Have you ever found yourself in a noisy room trying to have a conversation with someone and only hearing parts of what they are saying? If you are like me, you fill in the gaps for the bits you don’t hear. That can lead to some funny or awkward moments when I completely misunderstand what they have said. Normally, we end up speaking louder so we can hear each other. So we end up adding to the noise.

God does not tend to shout. He is not in competition with all the other voices. As much as we would like God to speak louder, He usually speaks in a still, small voice. Jesus instructed us to go into our closets when we pray. Why? A closet is a quiet place where there is only room for you and God. All the other distractions and voices are shut out.

To hear the voice of God in prayer, turn the distractions off, shut out the noise. Yes, the noise around you and the noise in your head. Seek Him in the stillness of the early morning.


In this month of prayer for the Church;

  • What do you need to quiet in order to hear God?

  • In the place of prayer, remain as long as it takes to sense His presence. Hurriedness is a competing voice.

  • Pray for an increasing hunger for the church to meet with God in prayer.

 

Mark the Date: Jan. 14th - Online Prayer Summit. 7pm - 8:30pm EST

The online Praye Summit will kick off a 2 week period of prayer and fasting for the Church. Zoom Password: prayer

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