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South Texas Christian Church: Heartfelt prayer and devotion to Jesus
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In Pastor Jim Pogue’s sermon, he talked about prayer from the heart and how we cry out to God in the midst of pain, suffering and in times of joy. What is prayer? It is communication with God when we ask God, beg, chase after and have a heartfelt prayer to connect with our loving heavenly Father. Did you know that the book of Revelation says our prayers and tears comes up to God in heaven like heavenly perfume when we cry out to Him? In Genesis, Abraham cried out to God asking are you real God, for Abraham’s father worshipped idols and God proved Himself very real to Abraham!

Hannah prayed to God for a son and got one who was named Samuel and became one of the greatest prophets in the Old Testament! Sin can hinder God answering our prayer so if you sin, run to God as David did in Psalm 51 as he asked God to please not break his relationship with the Lord! Listen to David’s words from Psalm 51: 1-13: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love;according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place. Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity. Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.”

In John 17:20-26, Jesus prays from His heart for each of us with these words: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Pastor Jim next talked about how our understanding must go from our head to our hearts that we are not in a religion but in a relationship with the King of Kings who is Jesus Christ and it is Him that we worship and obey! Church is not about a building either but is all about a body of believers in Jesus who come together and none of us are alone in this!

The question we have for you today is this: what can you do for Jesus? This woman did all she could! Have you given your heart to Jesus as Lord and Saviour? Do you live like it everyday? Do you truly love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself? Today is your day to answer these questions and then follow Jesus with all you have! Pray, seek God and ask and then do what you can!

Announcements: Next Sunday is Easter and Communion Sunday and also Pastor Jim Pogue’s birthday! Happy birthday Pastor Jim! The following Sunday on April 15th is Fellowship Sunday and on Saturday, April 14th is Karnes County Lighthouse Aglow with speaker Marshella Curry coming from Belverde, Texas. Visit us online at: www.stxcc.org
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