All Are Proud

Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and motive for self-glorification.  We are all this way most of the time and hardly notice this of ourselves.  It isn't our differences that keep Christians from prayerful fellowship, but our pride in those differences. By the time you have noticed your own pride, it has long since been an annoyance to everyone else's pride. One author says we can always measure how much pride we have by how much we hate it in someone else. We'll even tolerate another person's pride, in order to keep safe our own pride, while telling ourselves we are being gracious;  But it really isn't grace born of time with Love:  Prayer. The few times we are actually humble, later become memories we worship with pride.  The heart is hopeless and very deceitful. (Jeremiah 17:9)

God wants us to view each other through the Blood of Christ; A view that can only be maintained by continual prayer.  This is one of the major reasons why corporate prayer must return to the center of congregational life.  It is the one place where our pride can be filtered as Love's leadership is given rule. This is where we can navigate through the pride of our own hearts to His heart. This is where we are "praying through". This is where leaders are best found. This is the true indicator of a congregation's real maturity.

It is also where we see the present 1% Christ-likeness of someone's selfish heart as 100%.  Faith is seeing the final product in the present. And through consistent corporate prayer God takes someone's 1%, adds it to another's 3% and someone else's 2% and creates a larger, literal and legal entrance through which His Spirit pours through to invade the worlds of others. The impact is exponential. Corporate worship, prayer and intercession are so important.  This shared experience has been purchased with Blood. "Do not forsake..." Hebrews 10:25

It is Love. Hope, nor the the Faith that gives substance to Hope, could even exist without Love, because it is Love Who produces both.  People who are big on the subject of Faith, but not Love, are fooling themselves. It is not Faith they are really enthralled with at all;  Most likely it is personal power in Jesus name:  Religious pride.

Americans see Christianity as being centered around a sermon which empowers us to proudly wear our doctrinely sound opinions about God in the social scene.  We tell ourselves we are His witnesses, but the truth is we are more like Christian activists than people of prayer.  Yet Love Himself is not on the throne of our hearts. Instead, we promote and embrace a prayerless, utilitarian Christianism. 

The true Christian experience is actually a Blood-bought prayer-life. May America soon feel (and see) the impact of melted hearts on our knees en masse before a living Love.

You are not being invited to join another organization but to help build prayer-based friendships in this community as we all go after Someone much more sincere than us. When we are in His manifest presence, we are different.  God's presence repeatedly washes us and sets things right. It reminds us of how blessed we are to have one another. It is then that love begins to flow through our prayers He inspires.  Knowing this dethrones a critical spirit and opens the door for Grace, meaningful friendships and the unity needed to win the lost. But the biggest motivator of all is that prayerful unity pleases Him greatly.

And we need each other.  Another author puts it this way: "This is not the Gospel of Jesus and me, but the Gospel of Jesus and us."  We are a Body. 

Any affirmation that we internally ingest and do not automatically want to credit our Lord with is a step away from reality, for our identity is too often found in what we think we do for God and not Whose we undeservedly are; Too many of us have bowed down for too long before the idol of so-called public ministry intending to make a name for ourselves like Babel Tower builders. (Genesis 4:11) Many of us will bring our works before the Fire of Love Himself on Judgement Day only to see them burned up. When the time comes for us to cast our crowns before the Lamb, many will have nothing but golden thimbles on our pinkies to lay before the Lord. Some of us will be cast into Hell. (Matthew 7:22-23) Today we are much more Christian activists than praying Christians. A prayerless Christian is an oxymoron. Though we can draw crowds, preach Biblical principles, raise funds and build buildings, we generally are not producing people of prayer.

We must remember, that we belong to the race of creatures who murdered the Son of God and that only by obedience to prayer are we in the process of being changed from enemies to His true friends; For in prayer we are taken repeatedly to the foot of the Cross. No more whining about getting prayer back into schools until it comes back to home and church. Let corporate prayer return to the center of Church life. Let God back into the way we live. Maybe He will once again save us from ourselves. Jesus died so we could pray;  Because prayer is the channel He continually changes our hearts and also invades the spheres of the lost.  The time has come to get serious about prayer. is a parachurch and laypeople's effort, not a congregation, with the sole purpose of glorifying the Lord by supporting the divine institutions of the family and local congregation through the facilitation of community-wide prayer events which are led by Christian leaders who are concerned for the souls in the Park Circle - Remount Road and Rivers Avenue Area and who desire to please the Lord by seeking Him together.

...know them that labour among you... 1 Thessalonians 5:12 * ...pray for one another... James 5:6 * ...the eye cannot say to the hand I have no need of thee... 1 Corinthians 12:21 * ...there is one Body and one Spirit... Ephesians 4:4 * ...the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth... Ephesians 4:16 * ...I pray that they may be one with us so that the world will believe...John 17:21 * pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...Psalm 133:1 "The purpose of life is companionship." *** "Worship is that form of companionship where we love on Him in response to His great love for us." *** "The most powerful drive in the human heart is the desire for companionship." *** "We inherited this drive from the One we were patterned after." *** "The difference between manipulation and leadership is motive." *** "Motive is purified and guided in the presence of God: Prayer." *** "Pride is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency, an attitude of self-entitlement and a motive for self-glorification." *** "Pride starts subtly and then turns into the aggressive enemy of real companionship" *** "The Cross and the presence of God brings fellowship (heart to heart), but the world offers only socializing (facade to facade)." *** "Every relationship has a foundation. The pride of public ministry has been a foundation for too many. At some point it consumes" *** "There is a difference between worshipping the idea that we worship God and actually worshipping God." *** "Why do we want to see prayer back in the schools, when it is no longer in our homes or churches?" *** "Corporate prayer around the Throne must return the center of church life if there is to be any hope for the masses." *** "Corporate prayer produces effective preaching, not preaching produces corporate prayer." *** "If we are so in the know, why do we no longer gather together to seek God, navigate through our haughty hearts to get a glimpse of God's heart and then pray in the lost?" *** "Christianity is not an enterprise, venture for self-discovery or political or civic organization. It is a Blood-bought fellowship of prayer focused on One." *** "Prayer-based friendships are the only ones that last." *** "Prayer-bathed friendships are not incidental to ministry, they are foundational." *** "Prayer is not a ministry of the Holy Spirit. It is the ministry" *** "It's one thing to tell somebody what we believe about Jesus, it's quite another to be able to introduce someone to our Best Friend." *** "We are more like Martha than Mary; More like Christian activists, than people of prayer." *** "We need unity in humility found at the foot of the Cross, not prideful uniformity that says: 'Look at us doing God's work'" "There has got to be a practical, excecutable strategy in place for us to dethrone the ministry of Hollywood in our homes and bring families and communities together via corporate prayer inspired by the Spirit. Technology is not the enemy; Our disobedient laziness is the enemy." ***