Is there anything more important than being in community with God? I’m going to go with “NO.” Community with God should be our top priority. This past month Pastor Jerry really challenged us as a church to be constant in communing with God through prayer. He very thoughtfully walked us through the Lord’s prayer and how, if we take the words Jesus spoke seriously, it will not only impact us individually but the world as well.

In this month’s 2nd Thought’s Blog. I want to talk specifically about what is literally written on the walls of our worship center at Lifeline. We have a large image of the Denton square with the words “in Denton as it is in Heaven.” We get this from the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6 where it says,

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

When Jesus speaks, He never wastes a word. So, when He says “on earth as it is in Heaven,” He means it! We believe at Lifeline that we are at the very beginning of an outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit unlike anything we have ever seen. This should get us excited as we think about what God is capable of (far more than we can ask or think). The world is lost, and it is not getting any better with our own efforts. We need God to intervene. It is the heart of Jesus to step in and help, so shouldn’t it be our heart as well? It is time for us to stop tolerating things that are not of Heaven: sickness depression, lust, hatred, fear—they can all go back to where they came from. Let’s invite Heaven into Denton.

If you are of the same mind as me, then we must begin to pray in ways we have never prayed before. We should pray bolder, more intentional prayers and believe that God is fully capable of doing what we ask and more. God wants to encounter His people, He wants to redeem cities and nations, and so we ask, “Lord Jesus, Start with Denton!” We need not fear because God is Redeemer; it’s not just what He does, it’s who He is. My question to you is this, are you ready? I don’t know about you, but I would rather be the person that picks up trash when this revival happens than the one who misses it all together.

I believe the way we get ready to see Heaven in Denton is to lay our lives down as a sacrifice to the fire of God. Bill Johnson (senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, CA) said something in an interview that I will never forget: “fire always falls on sacrifice.” Now more than ever our pride, comfort, laziness and selfish tendencies need to be burned away so that we can be set a blaze for the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 6:5-14
And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 This, then, is how you should pray: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.” 14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Don’t stop praying Lifeliners: pray morning, noon and night. What God is doing will change the world forever. and He want’s you to be a part of it.

-Pastor Randall Templin