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Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.   —Romans 8:26–27 (ESV)

How’s your prayer life?

We are called to pray without ceasing, but sometimes it is so hard just to find time to be alone with God; then, when we do, our minds seem to go all over the place.  Or maybe that’s just me.

Prayer is nothing more, and nothing less, than conversation with Almighty God.  So simple, yet so profound, and at times so difficult.  Prayer is one of the most elementary  and yet one of the most powerful tools for the Christian.  It requires nothing more than a few moments and a desire to communicate with God. But does God really listen?  Does he really speak to us?  Yes.  Jesus tells us:

 7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! —Matthew 7:7–11 (ESV)

If you desire to go deeper in your prayer life, to learn to listen more carefully to God, and learn to tell if it’s God or that slice of pizza that’s talking to you; I’d like to invite you to attend a conference/retreat/teaching on prayer.  It’s part of Presbyterian Reformed Ministry International’s Dunamis series.  Dunamis is the Greek word for the power God gives his church through His Spirit.  This conference runs from 3:30 on Wednesday, Oct  10 through 3:00 on Saturday, October 13 at the Christ our Shepherd Center (formerly the Bishop Connare Center) in Greensburg.  I willingly drove 6 hours to attend it, but now it’s right here in our backyard!  There are flyers in the Narthex, I’d be happy to answer any questions or you can visit PRMI.org/Greensburg to learn more.

Please consider attending, but it may change your prayer life forever!

                    Rev Suzanne

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