Pastor Debra Schaffran
Cell 952-240-3836 | debraschaffran@gmail.com

500 Clark Street, Mora, MN 55051 | 320-679-2713
Office Administrator Hours Wed. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Office: moraogilvie.umcs@gmail.com
Handicapped Accessible

Pastor Debra Schaffran
Cell 952-240-3836 | debraschaffran@gmail.com

500 Clark Street, Mora, MN 55051 | 320-679-2713
Office Administrator Hours Wed. – Fri., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Office: moraogilvie.umcs@gmail.com
Handicapped Accessible

The power of prayer

Dear Church Family:

This month I would like to share with you about the power of prayer.  Some of what I share with you in this article is the groundwork of a sermon I will be giving sometime late this summer. Like so many people, I’m sure you have wondered about the mystery of prayer. 

Have you ever thought, “What’s the use?” when praying?  We need to understand that prayer is much more than just giving a list of desires to God, as if he were a Santa Claus in the sky.  Biblical prayer is acknowledging and experiencing the presence of God and inviting His presence into our lives and circumstances.  It’s seeking the presence of God and releasing the power of God which gives us the means to be victorious over any problem.

In Matthew 18:18 we read, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”  This verse tells us that God gives us authority on earth.  When we take that authority, God releases His power to us from heaven.  Because it’s God’s power and not ours, we become the vessels through which His power flows.  Whatever your circumstance, when you pray, you bring that power to bear upon everything you are praying about, and you allow the power of God to work through your powerlessness.  When you pray, you are acknowledging that you need God’s presence and power in your situation.  Praying affects us, because the more we pray, the more dependent upon God we become.  But, prayer also reaches out and touches those for whom we pray.  When we pray for someone, or for a situation for which we are asking for God’s intervention, we are asking God to make His presence a part of what we pray for.  That doesn’t mean there will always be an immediate response.  Sometimes, it can take days, weeks, months, or even years.  But rest assured my dear friends, our prayers are never lost or meaningless.  If we are praying, something is happening, whether we can see it or not.  Prayer invites the presence of God, ignites the power of God and demonstrates the faithfulness of God!  Amen!

Summer is upon us…hallelujah!  I love summer and am looking forward to rich, rewarding times with my family and friends.  My prayer for each of you is for a blessed, fun-filled summer where you experience rest, relaxation and blessing J.  As always, if I can be of any service to you, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I am honored to serve the Lord here in Mora and Ogilvie.  Be sure to read all the information that is put out about happenings in our churches.  We have the website, facebook, church newsletter, the weekly bulletin and of course email!  Please keep abreast of everything going on.  We so much to celebrate of what God is doing.  May He bless you richly!

In Christ,

Pastor Rob

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