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How is Your Faith?

Our passage Sunday from Luke 22:31-34, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

We looked at the power of Jesus' prayer for Peter and that his faith would not fail.  As we know, it did not fail.  Peter may have faltered in his faith, because of his denial of Jesus in public, but he never gave up on Jesus.  He didn't lose all hope in who Jesus was, just who he thought or how Jesus should have "saved" the Israelites or the world.

The great thing that we learn from this is that all of us have definitely faltered in our faith at times.  Usually because of mankind, people who have hurt us but my hope is that you have not lost faith in God.  God has never failed me.  He has always, and I hope you have come to realize that, He has been with you as well.  

Like Peter, we have been prayed for by Jesus in John 17 as His disciples. His prayer for us (the Church) is that we, like Peter, will love and encourage other believers.  That would be a definite sign that we are His disciple. My prayer for us is that no matter what we are going through, that even in the midst of our pain, hurt and healing, that we will reach out to help strengthen each other.

If you did not pick up a prayer journal for this month there will be copies in the foyer for adults and kids.  You can jump in and don't worry about catching up just get started.  Look forward to continuing our look at prayer and as we consider what it means to be a church of power.

Blessings,
Pastor Tim 
Lead Pastor