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30-Day Prayer Challenge

Today we announced our 30-day Prayer Challenge – pray for something specific everyday for the next 30 days and tell one person a day about what you prayed.  This challenge will span the length of our series, Pray Tell. We encourage you to write your prayers down in some way, so you can keep track of the prayers you have prayed and when God answers them.

To encourage you to pray more, the staff and I will be posting a prayer from scripture everyday.  Look for those posts by clicking the blog button on the Oak Leaf Church app or by reading them on Behind The Leaf.

To help you pray more, I’ve copied a great guide from Tim Keller’s “Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy With God and posted it below.

A Starter Plan for Daily Prayer

Approaching
Think of the privilege of prayer. Realize God is present. Ask him to help you pray.

Meditation
Read a Scripture passage. Discern one or two truths you learn there. Choose the one that most impresses you and write it in a sentence. Now ask: How does this truth help me praise God? How does it show me a sin to confess? How does it show me something to ask God for?

Word Prayer
Now turn the answers to the three questions into a prayer – adoration, petition, and supplication.

Free Prayer
Pray about whatever needs are on your heart. Also spend time thanking God for the ways you see him working in your life and caring for you.

Contemplation
Take a moment to thank and admire God for what he has showed you today. End with a note of praise.

 

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Praying for The Shower of Blessings

Oh Ladies…..as we  prepare to love, honor, and celebrate these new expectant moms I ask for you to pray. Here are a few things we would love to pray together before we gather on May 8th:

~ Pray that these women will be encouraged to know that the greatest gift in history is Jesus.

~ Pray that we can meet them where they are and know how to love them well wherever they are in the journey.

~ Pray that they will see the love of Christ through the conversations, the fellowship, the gifts, and in every other detail of that night.

~ Pray that these women will leave with a support system that will pray, love, and support them in the season ahead.

~ Pray for those that will be sharing stories and encouragement (Billie, Leah, and Alex). Pray that The Lord would speak not only to the expectant moms but to each of us.

~ Pray that above all else Christ will be glorified.

Thank you for joining us in praying over this night. We are excited to see how The Lord is going to work. We look forward to being together again for this very special evening.

You are so very loved ladies!

~ The LNO team

30 Day Prayer Challenge: Day 3

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:9

How do we know if God will answer our prayers?  There are some prayers I’ve been praying steadily for more than a decade now… and STILL, God has withheld what I yearn for.  I mean – seriously… from a worldly set of wisdom – I’m completely crazy to continue trusting God in an area where He seems to be … uninterested.

The REALLY crazy thing is… that God has used this specific area to grow my faith deeper and stronger in Him than any other.  He has used it to mold me and make me more into the image of Christ; perfecting my faith along the way.

I am fully convinced that God’s plan for my life is so much better than anything I could dream up.  I trust Him completely – even in the unknown.  He has PROVED Himself faithful time and time again.

LORD, when the storm clouds rage, my plans fall to pieces at my feet, and I am tempted to believe you don’t care…  May I recount all the times you have been right there beside me, every step of the way.  May I turn to your WORD and let it wash over me with it’s truth.   May I cast aside the worries and doubts – and trust that what you say is TRUE – You are truly working all things together for the good of those who love you. Amen

30-Day Prayer Challenge: Day 2

Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. – 1 Peter 1:22-25
Your word stands forever. It will never change, fade, or die. You are clear about this and yet so often this heart doesn’t comprehend the magnitude of its weight. It is not the first thing on my lips when the day is good or the season is hard. Oh Lord may I truly abide in you. May your word be seared to my heart and the first words uttered in anything I am walking through. May it be the living and breathing word in me when I serve others so that you alone may be glorified through it.
I will forever be in awe of the gospel and that you even allow this heart to know you through your word. I am beyond thankful. May I love those around me with a pure heart that is daily laid before you, Father. Amen.

30-Day Prayer Challenge: Day 1

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
It relatively easy to see the Holy Bible as God’s word. God spoke. Man wrote. I get it. Thinking about it as alive and working, however, blows my mind. It is like that good friend that is always looking out for you. Not in a superficial way, but somehow knows you better then you do, cuts through your smoke screen, digs a finger into your chest, and calls you out every time.
God, that you would consider me a friend and something worth saving is beyond comprehension. What kind of friend am I in return to keep making choices that demand your intervention? Help my attitude and resolve come from a genuine conviction. Amen.
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New Series: Pray Tell

There was a time (so I am told) when people would use the phrase “pray tell” as a way to emphasize something they believe needed further explanation. The “pray” was another way to politely ask or say “please,” and the “tell” was the verb pleading for clarification. It turns out, praying in general is something many of us believe deserves a little more explanation. And we all know sharing our faith can be challenging. That is why we are going to spend the next several weeks studying how to pray and tell.

Prayer is one the most powerful tools God has given us. It is also one of the most evangelistic. During this series, we are going to search the Bible for answers to questions like “what exactly is prayer,” “why do we pray,” “how should we pray,” “what can we pray,” “when do we need to pray,” as well as how to use prayer to prove God’s love to those around us who need to experience the glory of God we get to experience every time we pray.

Because prayer is itself an action item, there are going to be several challenges presented during this series to help you better your prayer life and use those prayers to connect and inspire people who do not know God. My personal prayer is that you will accept these challenges. Maybe not all of them, but choose to commit to at least one thing that will push you a little deeper and draw you closer to God. You can start by choosing to hear every message in this series either on Sunday, live via the web-stream, or online during the week.

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Shower of Blessings

Our next Ladies Night Out (May 8th at 6:30 PM) will look a little different as we celebrate and honor some very special expectant moms by hosting a community baby shower. We have the unique opportunity to display God’s love together through providing a baby shower for women that could use a little extra love, encouragement, and support. Our heart is that these sweet ladies know that there is a group of women that want to pray and support them in this next chapter of life.

There will be gifts given, stories shared, and friendships started. We intentionally want those being honored to leave with a group of women that are going to pray and be their support system in the season ahead. We look forward to how this evening will be used in the hearts and lives of everyone that is able to come.

If you know an expectant mom that could be blessed from this evening or would like to donate any new or used baby items, please email carrie@oakleafchurch.com.

Please RSVP here to attend our Shower of Blessings/Ladies Night out. 

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Lessons coming to life in new and wonderful ways

 

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To the undiscerning “adult” eye… this may just look like a mess.  But – to the kids of Oak Leaf – these 4 canvases and the muddy water splattered on them represent sin throughout time and how it separated Adam and Eve and Abraham’s descendants from God.  They thought having kings to rule over them would help them to obey God… but, still they chose to sin and the sin separated them from God and they lost their peace.  Only Christ, through the cross, is able to wash away our sin / muddy water and cover over our mistakes by the power of his perfect sacrifice.  As you’ll notice in the picture… the muddy water didn’t stick to the cross.  It ran off.  Kids thought that was pretty amazing!! And – hey, how often do you get to throw muddy water around at church?!

I just love showing kids a new example of a story they’ve heard many times.  It causes it come to life in new and wonderful ways, and helps them internalize the message and really wrap their hearts around it.

 

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