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May, 2019

Hobert’s Homily: “Open Door Policy”

​    “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need,” Hebrews 4:16. The second President of the United States, John Adams (and his wife, Abigail), was the first president to occupy the White House. In his day, and for many years afterwards, it was possible for average citizens to walk into the White House unannounced to attempt to see the president. Try that today! Multiple levels of security shield the president from the average citizen seeking an audience.

    If it’s difficult to see the president of the United States, or the leader of any modern country, think how much more difficult it ought to be to have an audience with God. But it’s not difficult at all! Scripture tells us that all who have been made pure by the blood of Christ can come “with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” We have access to the God of the universe!

    The door is open for us to enter into God’s presence today. Prayer is vital for personal and spiritual vitality. Prayer recognizes the Source of revitalization in the church by depending upon the power of God. Prayer recognizes that revitalization is spiritual warfare. This renewal is reflected in Christians sharing the gospel. We need the full armor of God including prayer. Prayer turns us away from our self-sufficiency. We need God’s power to do God’s work. Prayer turns people away from being self-serving. Praying people serve others. They do not demand their own preferences and desires. Prayer unifies the church. One of the keys to revitalization is unity. Nothing unifies a church more than powerful prayer. Prayer leads people to discern the will of God. The more we spend time with God, the clearer we discern His will. Knowing and obeying the will of God leads to revitalization.

    The door is closed to prayer unless it is opened with the key of trust. Let’s put our faith in God to work in our lives to reach and teach others each day. Let’s pray that our services, Strawberry Social/Cruise In, 4 Day Club and all we do is empowered by God through prayer. Who will be a prayer warrior?