When you pray, do you pray for yourself or others? Maybe you pray to get something you want? How often do you pray for God to get what He wants? You might say “Your will be done,” but do you really mean it?

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you were up on that cross?

It seems that prayer is more about getting our way instead of praying for what God might have in store for us. “Please God, get me that new job.” “Please God, get me out of debt.”

God doesn’t want us to pray just for ourselves and our needs. He wants us to consider others also.

Did you know Jesus prayed for others? He even prayed for us. That’s right, you and me. In John 17:20, Jesus says My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. He prayed that we be protected from the evil one. How amazing is that? There is no other God that I know of who has ever prayed for His followers, except Jesus.

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Are you the type of child He deserves?

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Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts. – Mother Teresa

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Jesus’ prayer shows His love for us, even today. He could have easily have prayed for Himself knowing what He was about to face, instead, He thought of us. Even on the cross, His thoughts were on others. Just before He died, He asked God to “forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Could you do the same? I’m sure I couldn’t. When it comes to a crisis, it seems I put me first every time. Yet, Jesus showed in many ways His love for us. In order to be Christ-like, we should put others first also.

The fact that God loved us so much shows what a truly loving Father He is. Maybe we should be thinking more of His will than our wishes. Isn’t it our turn to be the type of children He deserves?

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How Do You Handle Change?

Change. Most of us don’t handle it well, especially if it’s something big. The stress can feel like a noose around our necks. Yet change is a constant.

A couple Sundays ago, the pastor of our church announced he would be retiring the middle of 2018. Some parishioners were shocked. Some saw it coming since the man is in his sixties and has been running the church for over twenty years.

A week later, we got a glimpse of who our new pastor would be. He has three younger children, which will be nice because we are a contemporary church and cater a lot to our families and younger people. From what I’ve seen of the new pastor, I think he’ll fit right in.

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I’m not too worried, but then I’ve only been with the church thirteen years. There are those who have been a member since the beginning. They’ll have a harder time adjusting to the “new guy” than I will. To them, it’s not just Crossroad Church, it’s Gee Sprague’s church.

Also, those who have never known any other church might find the transition difficult.

So how do we adjust to such a major change?

We trust in God. Deuteronomy 31:6 which tells us to Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. No matter what occurs in life, God is with us.

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Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.- Mary Shelly

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We have to trust that God’s way is the right way. Faith is knowing that His will is far better than our own. By accepting change, we are allowing our faith to lead.

Change can be scary. We feel unsure of the future whether it has to do with our private lives, our work environment, or even our church. But if we hold onto Jesus, we will get through. If possible, use any change in your life as an opportunity to grow in your faith. Spend more time with Jesus in prayer. You’ll be amazed how much more calm you will become. The more you rely on God, the deeper your relationship.

I’m excited for what the future holds for our church. I have a feeling God is going to do great things through us. And no matter what, He is in control. He’ll definitely do a much better job than I ever could.

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