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Topic: Snap (09/04/08)
TITLE: SNAP Decision (i)
By Rick Higginson
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I am writing to you today on behalf of your Pastor, Elders, and Deacons, to address a very real and very crippling problem we have observed within our Fellowship. As difficult as this is to believe, there are prayer requests that are not getting prayed about.
As I am sure all of you will agree, this is simply unacceptable. Since we know our Heavenly Father is attentive to even the most minute details of our lives, then we, likewise, should never think of any request as too trivial to lift up on behalf of a brother or sister.
As busy people ourselves, we understand that it can be easy to promise to pray for someone, and then when our prayer time arrives, inadvertently forget the request. Many of us are often inundated with concerns and needs, such that it seems to we need to make a list before hitting our knees, and even then we worry that we might have omitted something important.
Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, we are asking each of you to voluntarily enlist in our new SNAP Decision. Stop Now And Pray.
This program is quite simple, and we hope the name helps you remember what to do. When someone asks you for prayer, donít tell them youíll pray for them. Instead, when they ask, make the SNAP Decision and pray right then and there.
See the beauty of this? Instead of telling someone youíll pray for them, take a moment and do it immediately, while itís fresh in your mind, and while the requester is there to join their prayers with you in agreement.
This segues into the reciprocal portion of the SNAP Decision. When we share a need, we should likewise be ready to Stop Now And Pray. We should never request prayer for something we are not ready to pray about ourselves, and whenever possible, we should be active participants in the prayer process.
We hope youíll agree with the wisdom of this program, and make the commitment to Stop Now And Pray whenever a concern or need is brought to your attention. God is able to incline His ear towards us, whether we are praying over the phone, at our computers, in the workplace, on the commute, or even (donít be shocked) here at church.
We look forward to the wonderful things God will do in our church, our homes, and our community as we make the decision to Stop Now And Pray.
May the Lord bless you all,
Your Church Leadership.
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