Love, Joy, Peace

If God prompted the writers of the Bible to write something, we believe it is true, and if He prompted the Apostle Paul to write a prayer it must be one He will answer and He wants us to pray. In 1 Thessalonians 3:12 Paul prays this prayer, “and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people,” and he also prays for joy and peace. I like to say that there are many things we pray and ask God for, but we really don’t know if it is His will or not, and if it isn’t His will He won’t answer it. But it is obviously always His will that we grow in love, abound in joy, and have a peace that surpasses all comprehension so when we pray for and with each other for love, joy and peace it is a guaranteed answer. We just finished one of our “Five Days of Prayer” and ended with an average of 20 people praying together every hour for ten hours each of the five days, that is a total of 1,000 hours. We aren’t perfect at JBC but we are a church of great love for each other, we generally are overflowing with joy in spite of the current disaster we may be going through, and we have very few people who are worry warts. A major blessing from God on those churches who are devoted to prayer is love, joy and peace. I hope you were able to be part of this “Five Days of Prayer”, either in person or on zoom, it was an extraordinary prayer event.

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