Fresh Hope – 13th May 2017

Acts 10:1-4 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, ‘Cornelius!’ Cornelius stared at him in fear. ‘What is it, Lord?’ he asked. The angel answered, ‘Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.’

Cornelius was hungry for God to touch his family.

He was a well respected man in authority, but knew where his authority ended and where God’s began.

He modelled for us his daily belief that when we come to the end of ourselves we come to the beginning of God.

Notice that his prayers ‘stacked up’ in Heaven before they received God’s attention and intervention.
Remember, nothing leaves Heaven until something leaves earth.
It’s almost like that your persistent daily prayer reaches a tipping point in Heaten and then when it does, get ready…God is about to move on your behalf.

If you stop praying for something after a short while, it shows the level of its importance to you and to God.

The things that really matter should become an ongoing daily prayer, accompanied by times of fasting. It’s those ‘important’ prayers that get Heaven’s attention.

In the mid 80’s, I felt compelled to pray for our tiny little church to have a full time pastor. I prayed daily for four years, seemingly without any answer. I started to take my prayer up a gear or two, and with boldness prayed for my request to happen before 1988 was out. Little did I realise that my prayers were being answered from the very beginning. Without me knowing it, God was preparing me to be the answer to my own prayers. I was appointed as the church’ first full time Pastor in 54 years. The month was December and the year was 1988.

Be encouraged to keep praying…make it your daily appointment with God.
Hebrews 6:12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

Hebrews 10:35-36 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

Pastor Mark

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