Author: Jon

Pray Concerning Mentoring

Dear Prayer Partners

Pastor has been asking us to pray concerning mentoring, not only the younger in age but younger in the Lord .  I have been wondering how and who could I encourage to become more active in prayer and fellowship among the  SWC family.   We have talked about prayer being the life blood (so to speak) within a body.  As part of the prayer ministry at SWC, I would like to encourage a greater percentage of SWC family to be active in the prayer ministry. 

I have found that when I am praying with someone concerning a prayer request, we seem to inspire each other, to stay focused and open to the Holy Spirit concerning the request.  So many requests are similar in content but vastly different in reality as touching those involved.   Every one of us is unique and our prayer concerns are equally unique. Only the Lord knows all the intimate circumstances.  Thank you Father, I do not need to know details but I do need to be open to pray Your very best for my brother and sister in the Lord.

I would like to present an idea:   Each of us on the Prayer Network Team would look for a partner to encourage in prayer.  It may be someone who is newer in the Lord or recently joined us at SWC.  It could also be a friend with whom you’ve never thought of praying together over the phone.  Please ask the Lord to help you to be open to finding that potential new prayer partner.   The thought is to call the person once or twice a week  for the next few months at a set time that is convenient for you both. For example, Monday morning at 8 o’clock or noon on Thursday etc., we can all find 15 minutes somewhere.  You may start with the list of prayer requests and find prayers for each other.

Pray with me, can this vision become reality?  Please let me know if you are interested.

Love and Blessings,



Sunday when Pastor Chris ask us applaud each other there was such a wonderful atmosphere that visibly exploded all across the sanctuary.    How did you feel?  Blessed, embarrassed, excited?

I thought at the time “this is great, we should do this more often”.  I want to bless my brothers and sister and I want to learn to receive the applause without being embarrassed.  We just need practice, both giving and receiving applause.

Applause =  Approval or praise expressed by clapping.

How will people know that we approve of them or what they are doing if we don’t make an effort  to  applaud them.  We know from people who teach and train that when good behavior is rewarded it can become a learned behavior and a natural automatic response.

We know there are many ways to demonstrate approval.  But this way is hard to misinterpret and it is a public display.  It seems a little crazy but I would love to see us throw caution to the wind and build a foundation of  acceptance and approval.  Who’s with me?


Speak Up

We know that Father God knows the thoughts and intent of our hearts, but He has given us a written prayer to pray (Matthew 6:9) and we know that there is power & life in the words that we speak.  Therefore, I think that maybe I should be speaking my prayers aloud more often.  Jesus sent His Word and healed, delivered, taught and encouraged.  We know that “faith comes from hearing” the Word; why not, “faith comes from hearing the Words of faith in our praying,” either alone or with others.  Sometimes, when I am praying aloud, I hear not only what I was intending to speak, but sometimes I am led to speak things that I believe the Holy Spirit gives me to pray.  Even when I pray in my heavenly language, I am blessed and encouraged when I hear what I am speaking (1 Corinthians 14:4).  It’s precious that Father God gives us a secret, “online” way to talk to Him.   Hearing the unfamiliar words and knowing that my Lord and my God is blessed and enjoys hearing from me is more than worth the time and effort it takes to speak.

Lately when people request prayer, I am learning to stop and take the time to pray on the spot. So often if I wait I will forget, or the person is not present to receive a blessing.  I find that we speak a lot but maybe we need to be bold and pray aloud with each other more.  You never know when the Lord will give us something from His heart to bless and encourage both participants.

The Word tells us that the power of life and death is in the spoken word ( Proverbs 18:21).  I am working on remembering the gift (responsibility) that I have been given.  Lord, help us to use this gift to bless as well as communicate with each other (Ephesians 5:19), “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”

I think the enemy would love to keep us quiet and feeling intimidated about speaking “out loud” the thought and words of the Bible in conversation or prayer.   Therefore, I think we should prove him the liar that he is and be bold and proud of our heritage in Christ. “The word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it” (Deuteronomy 30:14). “The Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth and heart, that is, the word of faith which we preach,” Romans 10:8. Let’s SPEAK UP

Root Bound

Philippians 3:12-14 Not that I have already attained…but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 4:15 …but, speaking the truth in love, [we] may grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Christ….

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