Call for Prayer: Women’s Retreat

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Mark 3:7 (NIV) Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake…

Jesus often came away with his disciples for better focus and to give his full attention to things that really mattered. Today, we face plenty of pressure on our time and attention, which is why retreats are so important. This Friday begins women’s retreat. The team has prayed, planned and prepared for a weekend where the women who attend can meet with and learn from God. We are expecting God to do some amazing things in the hearts and lives of many women.

Will you join me in bathing this weekend in prayer?

  • Pray for all barriers to be removed so everyone can attend.
  • Pray for the speakers and leaders to experience a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit and share a clear message from the Father.
  • Pray for God to break through to every place in every heart that needs His touch.
  • Pray for a joy-filled spirit of community.

Dear Father,

You are so far above my ability to comprehend. You are greater than my words can describe. You are eternity and everything. You are Father and the one who enfolds me in Your loving arms. It is to you I bring my requests.

Father, this weekend You desire to do the remarkable in the lives of women at Real Life. Go before us and clear a path for Your spirit to work.

Move in the hearts of all the leaders, and bless their preparation and labor that it would bear much fruit.

Create right now a spirit of anticipation to meet with You in a fresh way.

More than anything else, I desire for Your will to be done. Nothing else will do. It is my heart’s cry.

Speak now, Lord – your children are listening.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I love my church,

Jeff

3 Days Until Women’s Retreat: 3 Things To Know

We are just a couple days away from the 2016 women’s retreat! Hopefully you have all received the packing list and site map in your emails (if not, please email us).

Retreat will be at a new location this year, and we are excited to have our biggest group ever joining us for the weekend! Here are a couple of things to keep in mind as you get geared up:

  1. Double check the packing list. We added a few new things this year, like floor pillows (for Saturday night worship), travel mugs (to have a constant supply of coffee), and, most important of all, journals. We are not providing journals this year, so please bring your own!
  2. Remember to give! This year, to provide a chance to give into our community, we’re collecting kids-size elastic waist pants for two of our partner elementary schools. These pants are for kids who have an accident in class and help get them cleaned up and back to class quickly. With an increasing number of students at these schools dealing with the stressors of poverty, lack of access to laundry facilities, etc., this is a huge need that we at Real Life can help meet! Bring your donations with you to retreat!
  3. How will you be used of God? Retreat impacts everyone differently. Even if you’re nervous about coming, our prayer is that God will reach you in a new and different way, and that you’ll be open to reach another attendee for Him. Please be in prayer over the next couple of days that God will be at work this weekend!

We’re excited to spend the weekend with you! If you have any questions, feel free to email us!

Weekly Call to Prayer: For Those In Pain

This year, I believe God is leading us into a double portion of the His Spirit, strength, joy, and opportunity. I have been impressed to spend more time praying then I ever have before and I want to call the church to join me.

This year, I will regularly ask you to join with me to petition the throne of grace.

Praying together does a couple of crucial things for us. First, it reminds us of the unlimited source of wisdom and power available to us:

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NIV)

Secondly, praying together puts us in a mind to care for one another and to look after the needs of others. This is a powerful antidote to the snare of selfishness.

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:10 -13 (NIV)

This week, I am asking you to join me to pray for everyone who is hurting. This Sunday, I will talk about pain and what God has to say about it. I am asking you to pray that people would be present to hear the Word and for their hearts to be receptive to the Spirit of God. Pray that Real Life will be ready to be the hands and feet of Christ to help a hurting community.

I deeply desire your prayers. I am expecting God to do something amazing the Sunday!

Dear Abba Father,

I know You are greater than everything. You are the ruler of heaven and earth. I know You hear me because You listen to the very cry of my heart, not my words alone. You have asked me to present my requests to You, so in obedience to You, here they are. I confess to You my heart breaks for the deep pain that people are in. I confess I do not understand why and at times that pain seems so unjust. I confess I feel weak and inadequate to help.

So I turn to You who can do all things! You are my savior and redeemer! You are the lion of Judah and when you roar, the enemy cries in fear. I ask that You would break the chains of fear and pain in people’s lives. I pray You would heal the brokenhearted. I pray You would touch the bodies of the afflicted. I pray that above all, Your grace would prove to be sufficient in the midst of all things. I want Your will to be done, for it is good, perfect, and pleasing. May trust grow in the hearts of every person who turns to You.

Remove every barrier that would keep people from coming Sunday. Prepare the heart of every wounded soul to receive Your truth. Empower every follower at Real Life to be an instrument of love and grace in Your skillful hand.

May I praise You for every good thing You have done and every good thing You will do and every heartache and pain You carry me through.

I will trust in You alone. My limited understanding will not limit the power of the Spirit in and through my life. I give You permission to use me as You see fit, for Your good and Your Glory. This is the cry of my heart.

I pray all this in the powerful name of JESUS.

AMEN.

Can’t wait for Sunday!

I love my church,

Jeff

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