Invitation to the October GOGCC Prayer Meeting at Calvary Chapel Cape Cod

By Silas Coellner |  October 13, 2017

Dear Brothers & Sisters,

Mark your calendars, The Glory of God on Cape Cod prayer meeting is happening on Wednesday October 25th from 6:30-8pm at Calvary Chapel Cape Cod.  We are located at 10 Jan Sebastian Drive in Sandwich MA.

Until then, be richly blessed in the love and grace of Jesus Christ,
Pastor Silas Coellner
Calvary Chapel Cape Cod.

P.S. - Below is hopefully an encouraging word on prayer for you.

Matthew 7:7-11 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! (NKJV)

When it comes to the topic of prayer, as a preacher it is low hanging fruit for exhortation.  There are many things we regret doing too much of, such as eating, drinking, sleeping, working, talking, but no one ever says “I regret praying too much”.  One reason we struggle with prayer is we don’t believe this passage of scripture as we should. If we truly believed this passage, we might find ourselves praying too much, if there is such a thing.

I would like to draw your attention to the invitation made by Jesus to pursue God in this passage.  A glorious fact of the Gospel is that according to His grace God has pursued us with unconditional love, to bring us into a relationship with Himself.  In this relationship, we are invited to pursue and press into God.  Asking, seeking, knocking is part and parcel to any authentic love relationship.  Ask, seek, knock emphasizes the call of God to engage with him through prayer.

I tend to go to God in prayer asking, seeking, knocking, like God is  I get on-line hopefully get what I want.  I think prayer is really about us coming on-line with Him so that He can get what He wants, us.  He wants us to be in a daily, dependent, loving relationship with Him.

If you think about it, God knows everything before we ask, He does not need our help, and He is in control of all things and will accomplish His will, therefore logically and theologically it doesn’t make sense to pray to get what I want.  However, relationally prayer makes perfect sense.  Do you know somebody who keeps asking, seeking, and knocking relationally? Intimacy with the Father is evident in their life!
God does not only call us to pursue Him relationally in prayer.  God in His sovereignty has chosen to do and not do certain things that are contingent upon His children praying.  Prayer changes things, and sometimes things are not changed because there is no prayer.  In Exodus 32 Moses interceded and God relented from the harm he planned for His people.  In Ezekiel 22 there was no one to stand in the gap, no one to intercede, and and the Lord did not relent.

We must keep interceding on behalf of the people of Cape Cod, and not grow weary.  We are prone to grow weary in prayer because, we are generally result oriented, but God is process oriented. We are radically goal oriented, and God is radically relationally oriented. While prayer does often have goals and produce results, God is more concerned with the process and relational growth he wants to work in and through us, to prepare us for His great work of revival.

The hope and anchor of prayer is God’s Goodness as Father, he has to be believed and experienced, through asking, seeking and knocking. That is the invitation of the Matthew 7:7-11 to us, it is to come seek God in prayer.  He is our Father and is good, and will give us good things! 

Are you convinced of God’s goodness?  The cross must keep us convinced that God the Father is Good. Belief in the Goodness of God as Loving Father should keep us going to Him again and again and again, time after time regardless of the results.

Interceding until we see Jesus face to face! 

Much Love,
Pastor Silas Coellner
Calvary Chapel Cape Cod.