Pray First (2 of 4) by Jerry Watts

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Pray First (2 of 4)
Series: Fresh Start
Jerry Watts
1 Chronicles 4:9-10

For this month I have prayed that, collectively and individually, we might get a 'FRESH START' in our walk with God and His ministry for us. Even though I am a part of the older generation, I don't want to be 'stuck' nor do I want us to be stuck. I don't want us to be 'stuck' in the past, in tradition, or in spiritually, or a situation, my heart is for us to move forward into Faith territory.

Have you ever been stuck? A few years ago, I went to see my dad and he said, ''Son, Got my tractor stuck in the woods.'' Honestly, I thought him, my brother, and I could drive down there and get it out, BUT I was WRONG. Not only was he 'stuck', but he was stuck ''bad''!! The mud was so deep that the tires could not even touch the ground for traction. Ultimately his brother had to bring a powerful 'wrecker' down and pull the tractor out. Because when you're stuck, it takes effort.

All too often, people get stuck. They get stuck in a job, a financial situation, a marriage or some other relationship, or even emotionally, and when a person gets stuck they feel trapped. You know what trapped is, it is when you feel like there is NO WAY OUT.

From time to time churches, congregations, and Christ followers find themselves stuck. Not only are they stuck practically, but they are stuck spiritually. I know that it's very easy for me to get stuck. Take Prayer. We are called to ''Pray 1st''. How easy it is to NOT PRAY. I'm speaking of deep, passionate, and heart-felt praying. When we get in the habit of NOT PRAYING, we will find ourselves stuck spiritually. Perhaps this is where you are. The question is, ''How do you get out of the bog?'' Here's the truth which those who have been in the woods with vehicles, the effort required to get you out of a bog is directly proportional to how deeply you are entrenched or stuck in the bog. When you get deeply stuck, it requires major help to get free and move forw ...


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