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Pray for Easter!

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Easter is the New Year’s Day of the Church! It’s a weekend when we have an opportunity to reach many people and tell them about Jesus – on Good Friday, at the Saturday Egg Hunt, and on Easter Morning. Use the points below to pray over the church this next week as we believe God for a great harvest!

PRAY THAT:

1. VOLUNTEERS ARE COVERED. Those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25b NLT). God, I pray that You bless those who are taking time to help others. I pray that they will have a fantastic weekend and that they will be safe and protected in Jesus’ Name!

2. IN-REACH AND OUTREACH ARE EQUALLY POWERFUL. I pray the anointing of the Holy Spirit will cover the entire weekend and that as soon as people step onto our church campus they will feel God’s love. I pray that everyone – from first-time visitors to those who have been here for decades – is reached with the life-giving power of Jesus.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6

3. PEOPLE’S HEARTS ARE OPEN TO RECEIVE. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. God, I pray that the hearts of entire families will turn toward You and that You will add daily to the number of those who are being saved (Acts 2:47).

As you pray for Easter weekend, also believe God for opportunities to invite people to attend. It’s going to be a great weekend!

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Prayer: Communication with God

Friday, June 19th, 2015

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16

1. Take Time to Pray. The great fruitfulness of our lives is rooted in meaningful, biblical prayer. Jesus is asking us just as He asked His disciples: Can’t you give Me an hour in prayer (Matthew 26:40-41)? It’s worth it to spend time with Jesus.

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. Matthew 6:6 NKJV

2. Find a Place to Pray. It’s important to pray as you go about your day, but it’s also important to set aside specific times to pray without distractions like your phone, TV, or other people. Don’t let yourself get sidetracked from alone-time with God. Covert prayer with God produces overt results.

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him. 1 John 5:14-15

3. Expect Answered Prayer. Jesus reassured us that when we pray according to God’s will, He hears and answers us. If you don’t know God’s will, read the Word to find out the things that we already know are God’s will—like healing, blessing, and favor. And remember: when you pray, first forgive (Mark 11:25).

Pray This Prayer:
God, I place You first in my life. You are so great and wonderful and worthy to be praised. Your will be done in my life and in the earth. I forgive anyone who has offended me. Help me to accomplish Your plans in my life. I trust You, God! In Jesus’ Name, amen!

Pray, verb
To speak to God especially in order to give thanks or to ask for something. To make a request in a humble manner. To address God . . . with adoration, confession, supplication, or thanksgiving.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Prayer Brings Breakthrough

Friday, June 12th, 2015

And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it will be granted him.” Mark 11:22-23

1. Foundation of Faith – God
Have faith in God. This simple yet powerful statement reminds us that God is looking for people who will pray in faith. You are able to pray the prayer of faith when you have spent time in God’s Word, seeking out His will about a particular subject (Romans 10:17).

2. Function of Faith – Believe, Speak & Pray
When you delve into the Word and become aware of God’s promises, it produces confidence in your approach to life. Mountains represent looming things that don’t seem like they can move, but go they must—overwhelming situations, a rebellious child, a broken heart, troubled marriages—you know that things will turn around because Jesus said they must.

Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. Mark 11:24-25

3. Qualification of Faith – Forgive
Show mercy, be quick to forgive, and be quick to ask for forgiveness. Take time to realize the value of prayer in your everyday life. Look to God and trust Him for clarity on the decisions you have to make on a daily basis. As we pray according to the Word of God, the breakthrough will come!

Pray This Prayer
God’s ear is inclined to my prayer (Psalm 116:2; Proverbs 15:29). I draw near with confidence to the throne of grace so that I may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16). God, I need wisdom today and I have confidence that when I ask according to Your will, You hear me and I know I have the requests I ask of You (1 John 5:14-15).

Trust, noun
Reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.
One in which confidence is placed.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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God’s Pattern for Prayer

Friday, June 5th, 2015

1. Start With Praise. “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name” (Matthew 6:9). There are pools of wisdom and resource found in the presence of God. When you go to God, start out with praise first and focus on God before going into your petitions.

2. Pray for God’s Will. “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Jesus told us to pray not for our will but for God’s will to be done. If you’re not sure about God’s will, spend time in the Scriptures studying and finding out what God thinks about a certain area.

3. Pray Specifically. “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Find promises in the Bible that correspond to your problems and believe for great results. As you study the book of Acts you will see breathtaking results to simple, faith-filled prayers.

4. Forgive. “Forgive us our shortcomings, as we also have forgiven those who have failed in their duty towards us” (Matthew 6:12 WEY). When you go before God in prayer, one of the first things He deals with you about is your attitude. We’ve all been hurt, and some of the offenders haven’t even acknowledged their wrong. But we are responsible to keep our hearts right before God and He will help us adjust our attitude.

5. Trust God Every Day. “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:13). With every temptation God provides a way of escape! You can draw near with confidence and find mercy and help in time of need (Hebrews 4:15-16).

Prayer is connecting and communicating with God. It’s not religious routine—so fight to stay real and keep your heart genuine when you pray. Stand on God’s Word and trust God for answered prayer!

hal·lowed, adj.
Holy or blessed. Highly respected. Sacred, revered.

God bless you,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2015 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. “Hallowed.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 03 June 2015. Weymouth New Testament in Modern Speech. Third Edition 1913.

A Year of Breakthrough & Accomplishment

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

As we believe God for all that He has for 2015, here are some specifics to continue to pray over your lives and over the church!

1. Pray for the removal of obstacles.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1-2a

2. Pray for the increase of love.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ. Philippians 1:9-10

3. Pray for personal growth.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15

4. Pray for the 100% will of God.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9

5. Pray with the end in mind.
Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God who sent me, and from finishing his work. Do you think the work of harvesting will not begin until the summer ends four months from now? Look around you! Vast fields of human souls are ripening all around us, and are ready now for reaping.” John 4:34-35 TLB

ac•com•plish•ment, noun
That which completes, perfects, or equips thoroughly.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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The Secret Place

Monday, August 4th, 2014

But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6

Activity and achievement are not the same thing. Activity can cause us to forget that the best part of Christianity is Jesus. Before the fall of man, Adam and Eve walked and talked with God in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8). That’s what Jesus is inviting us to now—closeness and connection with Him.

This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Joshua 1:8

You can change people’s lives from your prayer closet—your front porch, the living room, the clothes closet. Put away your phone and draw near to God. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, let all the lesser voices back off, and focus on the goodness of God. When you read the Word, let it get into you. Meditate on a fixed scripture for a period of time. Ponder it, absorb it down into your insides—marinate in it, steep in it.

Pray This Prayer
Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul. (Psalm 54:4). One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.” (Psalm 27:4, 8).

“It will cost something to walk slow in the parade of the ages, while excited men of time rush about confusing motion with progress. But it will pay in the long run, and the true Christian is not much interested in anything short of that.” —A.W. Tozer (1897-1963), pastor; written June 3, 1950.

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2014 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968,1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Tozer, A.W. “Quality versus Quantity.” The Alliance Weekly 338. 3 June 1950: Web.

Praying Like Jesus

Monday, March 10th, 2014

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. One day He was teaching; and there were some Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting there, who had come from every village … and the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing. Luke 5:16-17

Result of Prayer. Jesus is the Master Teacher of what to do while we are here on earth, and He tells us to learn from Him (Matthew 11:29). He replenished himself in the presence of God, and then, in the next verse, reached religious leaders from every village in the region, and the power of God was present to heal. When Jesus would go away to pray results would follow: healing power (Mark 6:46-56), direction about next steps (Mark 1:35-38), and the choosing of the twelve apostles (Luke 6:12-13).

Resist Distraction. Get away from your phone, the blaring TV, and the crowds long
enough to not let distractions hijack your prayer time. You may feel like you are just surviving right now, but God wants you to be strengthened and ready because people need what you have.

Draw Near to God. Every day, take your stand—God has answers for you. Pray when you’re in the car, flipping channels, going to bed, loading the dishwasher, or at work when you need wisdom and direction. Don’t let guilt or regret keep you from drawing near to God. He won’t judge or condemn you—He’ll give you rest in His presence (Matthew 11:28-30).

Pray This Prayer:
God, as I draw near to You right now, I find rest for my soul. As I seek You with all my heart, I find You. I receive all the answers and direction I need from You. This is the day the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it. I reject fear and replace it with boldness and courage from the presence of God.

In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. Psalm 5:3

God bless you!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Happy New Year!

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Galatians 6:9

I’m dedicating the month of January to prayer and fasting as we seek God about the next steps for the church and our personal lives. God has some significant things up ahead. Let’s increase our Word intake and sensitize ourselves to the Holy Spirit so we’ll be ready to walk out His plan in 2010.

Here are the five points we are continuing to pray. They make a great New Year’s resolution list!

1. Pray for the removal of obstacles.
2. Pray for the increase of love.
3. Pray for personal growth.
4. Pray for the 100% will of God.
5. Pray with the end in mind.

Don’t let the devil steal your joy this New Year. If you’ve let your love toward God grow cold, meditate on God’s great love for you, on His promises for your life found in the Word. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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Pray About Everything

Monday, October 5th, 2009

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:26-28

We are called to a dynamic life of prayer, but not alone: we have the advantage of the Holy Spirit’s help. Prayer is going before the Lord with the authority He’s delegated to us and exerting that influence by the power of the name of Jesus to impact the world we live in. Great social changes are attributed to believers who prayed.

Pray frequently. God has called us to pray all the time (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is not a dutiful thing—the Holy Spirit is activating us to do business with God and push back darkness. So get in the habit of praying the first two minutes of everything you do: when you get on an airplane, right before an important phone call, before a test, in the car. Get in the habit of taking everything to God in prayer.

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18 NKJV*

Pray passionately. “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]” (James 5:16b AMP**). Pray specifically. Know specifically what you are believing God for. And if you don’t know exactly what to pray, the Holy Spirit is right there to intercede on your behalf.

God wants our church to have a revolutionary experience in terms of fruitfulness. Revolutionary things happen in these times of prayer. When you get up in the morning pray 120 seconds: praise God and worship Him, pray for wisdom, pray out what you know to pray, pray in the Spirit, pray out things about your future, pray out things that bug you. “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

God is able,
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

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God’s Stimulus Plan

Monday, September 7th, 2009

The effective heartfelt prayer of a righteous man will accomplish a lot (James 5:16b). As we approach the fall season, I want to give you some focus prayer points for these next 60-90 days.

1. Pray for the removal of obstacles.
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also
lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us
run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus.
Hebrews 12:1-2a

2. Pray for the increase of love.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge
and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in
order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; having been filled with
the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and
praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11

3. Pray for personal growth.
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and
carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in
deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects
into Him who is the head, even Christ. Ephesians 4:14-15

4. Pray for the 100% will of God.
For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for
you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual
wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9

5. Pray with the end in mind.
Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood,
hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because
it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s
work. 1 Corinthians 3:12-13

Press On!
Pastor Jeff Perry
St. Louis Family Church®

Copyright © 2009 St. Louis Family Church. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reprinted or distributed in any form without prior written permission of St. Louis Family Church. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation.