Welcome to the Greene Street Letters. It has become my venue for sharing what is going on at Vineyard Recovery Church. Don't let the word Church scare you. The Greene Street Letters is a daily posting to simply say that there is more to life than what you see. More to life than "stuff". My simple take of 60+ years of following Jesus. Some days were good days...some days I managed to get off in the ditch. He is worthy of the pursuit, so that is what I do........I pursue Jesus in everything I do. Not the Jesus of the church. Not the Jesus of the denomination. Nothing wrong with those things, but Jesus is so much more. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you return from time to time to stop and ponder your own relationship with Jesus. God on you....mb
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
.....The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
I John 5:14-15
And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.
What is Prayer? – Talking With God
What is prayer? Prayer is our direct line with heaven. Prayer is a communication process that allows us to talk to God! He wants us to communicate with Him, like a person-to-person phone call. Cell phones and other devices have become a necessity to some people in today’s society. We have bluetooth devices, blackberries, and talking computers! These are means of communication that allow two or more people to interact, discuss, and respond to one another.
Here is a quote from E.M. Bounds, taken from his writings on prayer: "Prayer is the currency that moves heaven." Just as the dollar is the currency that causes the wheels of commerce and business to move here in our country, prayer is what moves God to act and affect people and nations here on earth.
Take the idea of praying for someone to be healed. Some people will say that "why pray for healing when everyone doesn't get healed that you pray for." I would say that unless we pray, no one gets healed, and, as a side note.....everyone does get healed that we pray for. It's just that some get healed when they cross over into God's presence.
So here are some requests I've received that we can begin to pray for.
#1 - Young girl (10 years old) fighting for her life in a hospital in Birmingham. Gabby has been given up to death by the doctors, and prayers have been going up on her behalf. She has rallied and has improved to the point that the doctors are starting back up with surgery and other things to improve her condition. Pray for Gabby and the family.
#2 - A local family that is struggling. We helped with groceries yesterday, and I got a chance to pray for the daughter. But they need major, major help. First and foremost, we want to help them with the basic necessities needed to live, but then we want them to come to a saving knowledge of who God truly is.
Pray for this mother and her two children.
#3 - A friend of our church is on a waiting list to enter a treatment program. He has been to several over the years and is still trapped in the darkness of his own choices. Pray that God would break off hardness and darkness so that this person's character can be changed into one that reflects the work that has been done to him. Very much in need of being brought to the truth about themselves. This man has gotten older and the years have taken their toll on him. He may not have many trips left back out there if he doesn't change. He is very much in need of God's healing in his life.
#4 - Another man who has entered treatment asked for prayer. He came to his senses in a hospital room where family had taken him because of his drinking. Shaking, hallucinating, filled with shame and guilt, he reached out and asked for help, knowing that he will die if something doesn't change in his life. Now, here in treatment (and very grateful for the help) he battles those old voices that whisper death, telling him he never will break free from his addiction.
#5 - One man asked for prayer that he can continue to set right his relationship with his daughter and grand daughter. He admits that he is the one responsible for the break up in his family, but that conversation between him and his daughter has been on going and is beginning to show signs of healing. He asked that we pray that God would continue to guide him through this minefield of rebuilding his connection with his family. He has made amends to them, but realizes that words are not all that is needed. The family needs to see some action behind the words of forgiveness. He simple wants to follow God's direction.
There you go...
Join me in prayer for these, and lets watch as God moves on our prayers.
You guys are the best!
God on you...