The Rock Weekly – May 4, 2022
- Wednesday Night Service – Tonight at 6:45 pm in the Sanctuary!
- Free Craft Coffee for Moms this Sunday. WHappy Mother’s Day to all you moms! Please come early for a free cup of craft coffee from Lighthouse Coffee in the foyer (9:15-9:45am).
- Baptisms are this Sunday! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend the baptism class prior to the service.
- Become a Petitioner for Colorado Initiative #56 to protect the unborn. Email Steve Gilbertson at Torah2Life@gmail.com to find out more or to sign up for training on May 15th after the Sunday service.
Begin Every Battle With Prayer – Then Obey
“God’s high and holy praises fill their mouths, for their shouted praises are their weapons of war! These warring weapons will bring vengeance on the nations and every resistant power—to bind kings with chains and rulers with iron shackles. Praise-filled warriors will enforce the judgment decreed against their enemies. This is the honor He gives to all His godly lovers. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!”
-Ps 149:6-9 TPT
We have been in 3 days of corporate prayer and fasting and although these times can stretch our ‘prayer muscles’, the Lord often astounds us in the ways He responds. I want to challenge us in these uncertain times, where many things are occurring that don’t seem to make sense and where we may be facing mountains that seem to be immovable, to BEGIN EVERY BATTLE WITH PRAYER. Not just a short prayer or a bland prayer, but pray with prayers that seek the face of God! However long you are praying now – increase it! And increase your intensity…your passion. Remember we are praying to the Almighty God who created the heavens and the earth. The Bible tells us to “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thess 5:17) I believe the Lord is looking for a people who will seek Him with all their heart. He is looking for those who will align with His heart so that His will can be accomplished on earth. “Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matt 6:10) This is not intended to be a rote prayer…this is revelation of the passion of God through Jesus to move in power on this earth through a people who acknowledge and align with the name of Jesus and the Kingdom of God! Hallowed be your name! We are in a time where the battles are going to increase, the world is going to get darker, and if our strength is not in the Lord, we are in trouble. If you don’t believe me about darker times coming, just read 2 Timothy 3. We are not able to strengthen ourselves in the Lord by watching more news or getting on social media. It is ONLY through PRAYER that we strengthen ourselves in the Lord, get His battle plan, and then move out in the offensive and into victory! We can no longer be a defensive people who just ask the Lord to protect us as we hide out in our homes and churches. We weren’t created to live on the defensive. We were created to subdue the earth and to rule and reign as kings of the kingdom of heaven and priests who constantly minister to the Lord.
In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat and the nation of Judah were being invaded by a ‘vast’ army. He immediately called a time of fasting for the entire nation and every man, woman, and child of Judah stood in prayer before the Lord. It was then that the Lord, by the Holy Spirit, revealed His heavenly strategies and they obeyed. They bowed down in worship before the Lord and praised the Lord with a loud voice. The army of Judah then went into battle with the worshippers leading and praising the Lord for the splendor of His holiness. This was not a typical strategy for warfare, but they were obedient to the Lord’s strategy. And what seemed like imminent defeat, resulted in a supernatural victory as the Lord set an ambush against the invading armies and defeated them before one soldier drew their sword.
Lord, I pray that we would be a people who rise up with a heavenly mindset and perspective and STAND FIRM in Christ against anything that opposes the Kingdom of God as we clothe ourselves with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace on our feet, and the helmet of salvation. And I pray Lord that we would take hold of and effectively use the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit. (Eph 6:14-17) And I also pray that you would give us the grace and endurance to PRAY in the Spirit on ALL occasions with ALL kinds of prayers and requests. (Eph 6:18) I thank you that as we do this, heavenly strategies will come to us to conquer whatever opposes the plans of the Lord. In obedience, we will see the Lord’s kingdom come and His will accomplished! May we always trust in you Lord and never look to our own understanding. AMEN!
We love you!
Pastor Mike, Kristi, and your Rock Staff
IMPORTANT SERVICE & WEEKLY INFORMATION:
YOUTH ~ BASE CAMP (6th – 12th Grade) – WEDNESDAY NIGHT – 7:00pm
Join us in the Student Auditorium! If you have any questions, email email@example.com
Saturday Morning Food Bank Distribution
Email Lindy@therock.org if you would like to volunteer or have questions.
SUNDAY MORNING PRE-SERVICE PRAYER 8:15-9:15am – *In-Person & On-line*
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