He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. Job 5:9
Good Afternoon, PCC!
I was struck in late November when at a doctor’s appointment, the doctor, a follower of Jesus, asked me out of the blue, “Have you seen any miracles today?” The question was a mild rebuke regarding my anticipation of and expectation for the supernatural throughout my day. He brought me into his office and showed me a large book he called his “Miracle Book” where he has chronicled hundreds of miracles that he has witnessed through his practice, simply by asking God for miracles, asking people if he can pray for them, and living in faith-filled expectation.
I was struck again two weeks ago after the 11am gathering when I was invited into a meeting with Pat Sikora, one of our prayer counselors and Monique, who was in need of a miracle, was prayed over, and was reporting on the divine intervention that took place. Listening to Monique and her husband share their testimony of a direct supernatural event in their lives initiated by Pat’s prayer after the gathering was, in the words of Job 5:9, unfathomable!
As we venture through the book of Nehemiah, and experience almost weekly Nehemiah’s commitment to pray (there are 14 recorded prayers in the book), I have been challenged to evaluate both the frequency of and the content of my prayers. We are encouraging all of us to engage in continual dialogues with God and “trialogues” when we are dialoguing with people and interacting with God about people we are talking with.
Can I also encourage you to consider praying in a couple of other ways?
- Join us for a monthly mid-week prayer gathering. These are undiluted in the sense that there is almost no programming. It is a gathering in the Worship Team Offices (Worship Center Basement) on a Wednesday night from 7:15-8:30pm. The focus is on interceding for our church and community. We will be gathering tonight (Feb. 21) to intercede for our church, the Peninsula, and the world.
- Join us monthly for a Sunday night healing prayer gathering. These are undiluted in the sense that there is almost no programming as well. It is a gathering in the Worship Team Offices (Worship Center Basement) on a Sunday night from 5:00-6:00pm. The focus is on asking God for miracles and healing in the lives of whoever comes to be prayed over. We will be gathering this Sunday night (Feb. 25) to pray for healing.
- Join us Sunday after every gathering to be prayed over. We have intercessors at every gathering who would love to lay hands on you and pray for you. Anne and I both have benefited so much from this ministry. The only requirement is a willingness and humility to come and receive.
I know this: God is still in the miracle working business and I would rather arrive in Heaven hearing from God something along the lines of: “Gary, I have to hand it to you, you had audacious faith and asked me for BIG things!” rather than arrive in Heaven and regret that I didn’t ask God for more!
This Sunday morning we will be in Nehemiah 7. A man I respect greatly will join Brian Rhen for this Sunday’s teaching team. Dr. Mark Mitchell, who has pastored Central Peninsula Church in Foster City for 30 years, and who also serves as the chaplain for the San Francisco Giants, will be teaching at two of our gatherings, and I will be at Central Peninsula Church jumping into their series on the book of Matthew.
Ask often and big, PCC, and let’s live other-worldly lives that give evidence to the empty cross and empty grave!
I love being your pastor!