Prayer, Prayer, Prayer what an amazing gift given to us by God.  I remember a Garth Brooks song called “Unanswered Prayer”, it talked of asking God for things that in His infinite wisdom God said no.  I have had a lot of those in my life and I imagine you have too.  I can look back at all the times God said no and now I am thankful that He did.  Why would I be thankful for being told no?  Well if God had given me all I asked for I probably wouldn’t have the most amazing and beautiful wife anyone could have in the blessing that I call Kim.  I probably wouldn’t have four awesome, intelligent, caring, not to mention pretty good looking kids in the answered prayers that I call Jordan, Alexis, Joseph, and Abram.  I wouldn’t have ever had the opportunity of adding to our faimly with kids from different parts of the world and blessing our family in a variety of ways like we have from Juliana, Jae, Gregory, Carol, Sara, and Paula.  I wouldn’t have been where we are surrounded by the people we are surrounded with, and blessed by all these fantastic people we know as Colchester United Methodist Church.

Along the way I have had a lot of answered prayers as well, again my wife, kids, exchange students and all of you.  This week alone there are those of you who could stand up and tesitfy to how God has answered things for people who are very dear to us, we have seen God bring people “Back to Church” after being absent for a long time.  God answers prayer every single day, but what I hope you are also noticing along the way is the fact that when God says “No”, He is probably preparing you for something so much better than you ever thought was possible.

What I want to leave you with this month is not answered or unanswered prayer, what I really want you to see is that Prayer is a wonderful tool and it should not be the last thing we pull out of our bag when everything else has failed.  Prayer is the first thing we should go to when we have a concern or a joy.  God wants to do great things with us and for us, we just need to accept the fact that sometimes the greatest blessings He has for us start out with God saying “No”.

Pastor Mark