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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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December 28, 2011 - Prayer and Placement

By Gary Rogers

God delights in answering our prayers as we trust His power and wisdom for our lives. The prayers of desperation seek God’s power to fix the things broken and scattered that attempt to hold us back from God’s plan and purpose. Prayers of inspiration focus on seeing God’s divine perspective and receiving His insight into new revelations. The prayers of preparation are the petitions from our heart craving God’s equipping power to arm us with those things necessary to succeed for Him. Prayers of declaration include the rallying cry that we can finish the course He has set before us and accomplish that which He leads us to do.

It is God’s pleasure to respond to our prayers desiring His power. Without the power of God in our lives, we will fail. It is only though Him that anything of value can be accomplished.

Such prayers were my personal focus as I made a transition in my pastoral ministry recently. It was a process of months during which the Lord prepared my heart and redirected my vision. After seeking God in prayers of desperation, the Lord began to put together scattered pieces of vision that allowed me to know He had a different plan for me than where I had been serving for years. Then came the prayers of inspiration needing God to give insight and revelation into what His plan looked like. Prayers of preparation sounded like cries from a helpless infant who needed to deal with the unknown. Finally came the declarations of knowing God’s plan and seeing His purpose and even knowing exactly where He was leading. It feels so good to know we are hearing God’s voice and following His plan.

In this process, you can be in the center of God’s perfect will and still face painful transition. For 17 years, Paula and I had built many strong, loving relationships with our previous congregation. But the exciting thing is that in God’s will comes God’s blessing. I am convinced that the best years for our previous pastorate are ahead. And I see nothing but good on the horizon for where Paula and I serve today.

With the new year, are you sensing a new direction from God for your life? Call out to Him in faithful prayer, and watch what He will accomplish through you.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.



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