10 Questions for a New Year…

Author and professor Don Whitney has created a fine list of TEN QUESTIONS to consider at the start of a new year. He writes (emphasis added):

The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.

The value of many of these questions is not in their profundity, but in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus. For example, just by articulating which person you most want to encourage this year is more likely to help you remember to encourage that person than if you hadn’t considered the question.

• What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

• What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

• What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?

• In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

• What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year? (!)

• What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

• For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?

• What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?

• What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?

• What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?

I suggest you jot down your answers on paper (writing greatly aids thinking, and adds a little gravity to your answers). Then take up the list and pray over it in the days ahead — or, better yet, share it with a brother and pray with him about it…

Have a Happy & blessed New Year!

Week of Prayer 2009 begins

rembrandt_stjerome_prayer454x650With each new year comes a need for our annual Week of Prayer at CPCC! Each Prayer Week begins with a fresh sermon on prayer from God’s Word. This year our guest preacher is Rev. Jim Hale of Saratoga Chapel in Ballston Lake, NY.
Pastor Hale preached yesterday in our morning service from Acts 4 on The Beauty, Delight & Power 
of Corporate Prayer [watch for link to online sermon]. He then also taught the Adult Sunday School Class on perseverance in prayer, from The Parable of the Persistent Widow (Luke 18).

Last night, we had a good turnout for our annual “CONCERT OF PRAYER.” This hour uses several 6-8 minute segments of praying, each “orchestrated” around a set theme. It is a powerful way to begin praying together.

Monday through Friday, from 7-8:15 PM, a nightly prayer meeting is led by an Elder in someone’s home. These begin with a brief devotional thought then requests are shared and conversational praying begins. Many folks attempt to attend all five weeknight meetings to watch how the Holy Spirit is working among us during the week.

On Saturday, at 9 AM, we gather in the Fireside Room for our annual Prayer & Praise Breakfast, where answers to prayer & testimonies are shared, and one final round of prayer takes place.

Our theme verse is from James 1:17a as we look in prayer to God, our heavenly Father….

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

May the Lord again open our eyes to the power, privilege and potential of prayer among us during “Prayer Week 2009.”

Yours by divine mercy,

PS — tonight’s meeting is at my house…