“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 5: 16-19)
Sometimes it can certainly seem as though no matter hard much we pray nothing is happening. Has God not heard our plea? Are we doing something wrong?
We can never see the roots beneath the surface of a plant. Before the plant begins to reach upward toward the sun it moves downward into the soil giving the plant a strong and vital foundation for what is yet to come. Finally, when all is ready, the plant begins to break through and becomes known to us.
Beneath the surface of our physical life experience there is much growing, thriving and becoming. Our prayers of faith and belief in God’s presence and power have ignited a powerful action and caused a mighty shift to happen. We can prayerfully continue to affirm that on the unseen side of our present awareness something wonderful is already happening, moving, and evolving. Soon we will see it in all of its magnificent glory and manifestation. Even when our answer may only seem like a tiny sprout on the surface of our experience, we have the assurance that beneath that surface the roots of its support are growing more deeply, and that they are planted in firm wonderful soil that supports and sustains us. As we continue to lift this affirmative prayer not only do we begin to recognize that sprout as it grows, but we soon see that sprout become a mighty bloom. It has never been that God turned a deaf ear to us, for we know that our prayers do not change God, but they change us. Our prayers begin to alter our experience of Spirit in and around us and that often takes a little time. However, the sprout of that new experience began the moment we first uttered our prayerful words, or had the beginnings of our prayer thoughts. At that moment the stirring of Spirit within us started a powerful shift that began to change our belief in the power of God within us. Now as we continue to nurture our belief and trust in God, our answers can become ever more clear.
Affirmation: “My faith in a powerful God supports my life at every moment.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life.
Please join us each Sunday for our SpiritSong service at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA. This Contemporary Celebration and Praise service is an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome. We are an open and affirming congregation.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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