30 Day Commitment to Pray: Day 11

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[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1498063226239{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Commitment Stats for June 29″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Yesterday, June 29, we had 28 people check the box that they prayed out of a total of 76 people committed to praying.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Pray with Tony Zullo…” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]I love the fact that in prayer we get to to have a conversation with God. It never ceases to amaze me that the Creator of all things wants to talk with, listen to, and have an intimate relationship with me.

Prayer is so powerful, yet so often we take it for granted. If you are like me, when things are going well, I can sometimes forget to pray and thank God. Yet when things are not going so well, I seem to always remember to pray for help. One of the things I am working on during this prayer challenge is to simply learn to pray more prayers of gratitude, thanking God for all the blessings in my life.

A while ago I came across this quote from pastor and author Timothy Keller:

“Prayer is both conversation and encounter with God. We must know the awe of praising his glory, the intimacy of finding his grace, and the struggle of asking his help, all of which can lead us to know the spiritual reality of his presence.”

Today please join me in praying to God with a true sense of gratitude for all the blessings in your life, so that we can experience more of God’s presence in our lives.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Check In” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text][NEXForms id=”206″ ][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”PASSIONATE SPIRITUALITY SERIES” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fsermons%2Fseries%2Fpassionate-spirituality%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”VIEW ALL THE HOMEWORK” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fblog%2Fpassionate-spirituality-homework%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”JOIN THE COMMITMENT” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2F30-day-commitment-pray%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

30 Day Commitment to Pray: Day 10

30 Day Commitment to Pray praying together Meridian Point Church

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1498063226239{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Commitment Stats for June 28″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]On day 9, June 28, we had 42 people check the box that they prayed our of a total of 76 people committed to praying. Keep up the good work![/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Pray with Star Galasso…” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]I first want to thank everyone who has committed to pray. I have felt very much a part of something bigger since we started sharing this eternal experience together. I have seen people change (including myself) and prayers answered!

Today, I am asking us to pray for everyone in our church who struggles with mental illness, including myself. I have struggled with symptoms of mental illness since I was 7, anxiety being the most crippling. Mental illness is a taboo subject for most because we do not understand it. I am so grateful that we serve a God who has all understanding. That is why some days, I need to be in a constant contact moment-to-moment with Him crying out for strength, peace and comfort. I pray that we ask God for those things, not only for those struggling with mental illness, but also the people who love and live with those who struggle. Thank you for your prayers!

For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

~ 2 Timothy 1:7

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30 Day Commitment to Pray: Day 9

30 Day Commitment to Pray praying together Meridian Point Church

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1498063226239{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Commitment Stats for June 27″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Yesterday we had 32 people check the box that they prayed our of a total of 76 people committed to praying.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Pray with Monica Livingston…” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Church, join me today in praying for the youth of Meridian Point Church.

22 of us will be leaving Sunday morning for Durango Colorado, to CIY: Move. We will be gone for a week. This is an amazing time for our high school students to disconnect from the world and connect with Jesus.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Check In” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text][NEXForms id=”206″ ][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”PASSIONATE SPIRITUALITY SERIES” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fsermons%2Fseries%2Fpassionate-spirituality%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”VIEW ALL THE HOMEWORK” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fblog%2Fpassionate-spirituality-homework%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”JOIN THE COMMITMENT” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2F30-day-commitment-pray%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

30 Day Commitment to Pray: Day 8

30 Day Commitment to Pray praying together Meridian Point Church

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1498063226239{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Commitment Stats for June 26″ use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]Yesterday we had 30 people check the box that they prayed our of a total of 76 people committed to praying.[/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Pray with Nate Stephan…” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding. For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return. May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.

~ Philippians 1:9-11 (NLT)

This passage has been sticking with me for a very long time now. We’ve been going through the book of Philippians with the worship department and reading the rest of what Paul wrote through the lens of “what really matters” changes things.

Think about it for a moment. If we set our minds on what really matters, for example, my and your relationship with God, it changes how I’d listen when someone is talking with me…how I’d respond to a difficult situation…how I’d interact with others who’ve hurt me or whom I’ve hurt.

A good question I’m starting to ask myself is this: what matters most to Jesus in this instance? But remembering to do this isn’t easy. It’s a good thing to pray that God reminds us of what really matters most. I think that when we approach life from this kind of perspective, it helps us understand a little more of how God sees things.

Let’s pray today that God reminds us of what really matters, and that He can help us remember to keep that in our minds when we interact with others.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner][vc_custom_heading text=”Check In” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text][NEXForms id=”206″ ][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”PASSIONATE SPIRITUALITY SERIES” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fsermons%2Fseries%2Fpassionate-spirituality%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”VIEW ALL THE HOMEWORK” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fblog%2Fpassionate-spirituality-homework%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”JOIN THE COMMITMENT” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2F30-day-commitment-pray%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

30 Day Commitment to Pray: Day 7

30 Day Commitment to Pray praying together Meridian Point Church

[vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1498063226239{padding-bottom: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_custom_heading text=”Commitment Stats” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]As of this past weekend, we have 76 people committed to praying. Great job everyone![/vc_column_text][vc_custom_heading text=”Pray with Barry…” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]So as I’ve tried to be more aware of not just “talking to” God but rather “paying attention” to God this last week, I set my watch to remind me periodically to stop for a moment and remember God’s presence. Inadvertently, I found a much more interesting and effective way to remind me of this.

Everyday we’ve been having people check in when they pray, and every time someone does, it’s set up to give me an email notification. So for the last week, 30-40 times a day, I get a little message on my watch and phone that pops up periodically that simply says, “I prayed.” What a great thing to be reminded of all day long! Not only that I should be stopping and paying attention to God, but that His family is doing the same thing all day long! It’s been an incredible encouragement for me.

So I want to give you the same opportunity to experience these reminders that God’s family is turning to Him all day long, and use it to remind each of us as individuals to make sure we are doing more than “talking to God” at various points of the day, but also that we are continually keeping our attention on Him. Pray without ceasing![/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner gap=”30″][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Sign Up For the Reminders” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]If you’d like to receive the emails that Barry’s been getting when someone prays and checks the box, add your email address to the list![/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][NEXForms id=”211″ ][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Check In” font_container=”tag:h3|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text][NEXForms id=”206″ ][/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”30″][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”PASSIONATE SPIRITUALITY SERIES” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fsermons%2Fseries%2Fpassionate-spirituality%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”VIEW ALL THE HOMEWORK” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2Fblog%2Fpassionate-spirituality-homework%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”JOIN THE COMMITMENT” style=”outline-custom” outline_custom_color=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_background=”#54c8e7″ outline_custom_hover_text=”#ffffff” align=”center” button_block=”true” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fmeridianpoint.church%2F30-day-commitment-pray%2F|||” el_class=”button-text”][/vc_column][/vc_row]