First, I want to thank my Church Family here at FUMC Kennedale for the Christmas gift. I appreciate your kindness and your thoughtfulness. May God continue to bless you, your families and our church as we “Make Disciples for Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World”. Also, thank you for all your prayers, calls, texts and cards while I am sick with the Covid. God hears your prayers and I am beginning to feel some better.
For many, 2020 has not always been a good year, or it has been filled with ups and downs, good health and sickness…
Looking back, as we observe week before last, the last week of 2020, we are probably all happy to cry to the Lord, “I Want Out of Here”. Some are truly ready to leave this year behind.
Jonah was in this situation. He prayed to the Lord, “Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; how shall I look again upon your holy temple?’ The waters closed in over me; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped around my head at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the Pit, O Lord my God. As my life was ebbing away, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. Those who worship vain idols forsake their true loyalty. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Deliverance belongs to the Lord!” (Jonah 2: 4-9)
God looks at our lives and will deliver us from situations we’ve been involved. The only way to be delivered is through prayer. That’s what Jonah did, he prayed. Prayer changes things, but persistent prayer changes everything. When God hears your persistent prayers He can take you from pain, heartache, drama, struggle and trouble. Persistent prayer will change the context of your situation from something that is trying to destroy you to something that will develop you, groom you, grow you and perfect you.
As we look forward to what 2021 will bring, let’s not forget this lesson from Jonah.
“I don’t know how but I know WHO!
Please remember to tune in to our fb page to hear the LIVE STREAM Worship Service at 11:00 am. Sunday’s message with be from Toncie McElroy Lampkin. https://www.facebook.com/KennedaleFUMC
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