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It’s school holiday time!
As usual the first Sunday of the month means that we will be sharing in the Lord’s Supper together, remembering and celebrating the great work our Saviour Jesus has done for us by breaking his body and shedding his blood on the cross, in our place, for our sins.
This week we continue to look at the book of James and the great challenges it provides for those of us who are followers of Jesus in this world. I’m preaching on the topic, “Fighting the good fight” from James 4: 1 – 12. With it will come the challenge for us to not fight proudly, but rather humbly submit to ourselves to God, entrusting ourselves to the Lawgiver and Judge who saves. My hope is that looking at the book of James will compliment what we have being looking at as we have navigated our way through 1 Peter.
Please do everything you can to join us on Sunday, but if you can’t, then get online at www.oakflats.tv and join us for the live stream.
Grace and peace,
Prayer is a powerful tool that Christians have in their arsenal. We believe that through prayer we have access to the creator and sustainer of all things. We believe that God is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-places and therefore when we speak to him in prayer we can trust that he not only hears, but has the capacity to do something about it.
Yet, our experience will tell us that not all our prayers get answered which can lead to doubt. This can particularly be the case if we listen to a range of Christian preachers that seek to explain that with enough faith, God grants all our prayers. All we need to do is ‘Name it and Claim it!’.
When we approach God in prayer we must always remember who it is we approach and why it is that we are able to come to him. We approach a holy Father who loves and cares for his rebellious children. As we come to him we need to ensure that we humble ourselves (James 4:10), coming in the right way and with the right motives (James 4:3).
But even if we do this, we must remember this isn’t a guarantee that we will receive the answer we want. God may just have other plans.