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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Ingredients for a Pray-In

January 12

(Psalms 5:1-2 NIV)  "Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. {2} Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray."

(Hebrews 10:22 NIV) “… let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

(Romans 10:9 NIV) “… if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

In the 1960’s, the “sit-in” became popular. A “sit in” was not intended for rest, but to make a statement about an important cause; a priority people felt strongly about. “Sit-ins” lasted more than a few minutes. They involved commitment. Psalm 5 applies this concept to prayer and gives us some ingredients for a “pray-in”. A “pray-in” involves prayer that calls attention to a great need; prayer that seeks God’s face; prayer that calls for a commitment; prayer that makes a statement to God. “Pray-in” prayer worships Christ as God and King. It begins with praise and worship. “Pray-in” prayer is often desperate prayer - prayer that sighs and cries out for help. It’s prayer that comes from deep within the heart. The heart is the key to powerful prayer, because the heart is where God lives. It’s where our relationship with God begins and grows. Pray to the Lord from your heart of hearts today. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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