Dear Watermark Church family,
“The effective [fervent] prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” James 5:16
What really happens when you pray? Consider these eight blessings that are put into motion when you pray in faith to a loving, powerful and willing God:
1. Your relationship with God will become much more personal and real.
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3
2. You will experience life-transforming discipleship and ever-deepening holiness.
“And He went up on the mountain and summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him. 14 And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him.” Mark 3:13,14 Jesus wants you with Him!! Prayer without ceasing is one way to be with Jesus.
3. Your ability to hear God’s voice will increase dramatically.
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
As you pray, He speaks through Word and His Spirit specifically into your life!
4. The spiritual power of your life and ministry will increase greatly.
“And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31 Praying during times of your greatest weakness has great power.
5. You will experience a dramatic increase in answered prayer.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:7 “You do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2
6. You will experience far greater power to withstand trials, temptations and spiritual attacks.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
When our prayer life is weak, our defenses are down. Our prayer life contributes to our success against the world, against our sinful nature and against the devil.
7. As you learn to effectively pray for those who do not know Christ, you will see many people come to Christ.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” Matthew 9:37,38 Develop your own prayer list with the names of those who do not know Christ.
8. You will learn how to pray effectively for spiritual awakening and revival in your church, city and nation.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18,19 No church, city or nation can rise above the degree of prayer of God’s people.
When is the next time you will draw near to God in prayer? These eight blessings are awaiting you!
Saturday, August 4 - Volunteers are needed at the church to paint the front stage walls front at 12:30 PM. (Come at 11:30PM if you can help with prep work and scaffolding.) Contact Gary Savage if you are able to help.
Watermark Church Yard Sale to be held on Saturday, September 15 from 9:00AM – 1:00 PM. Our first fundraiser for our sanctuary upgrade is set. We will provide free food and beverages for those who “shop” at our yard sale. (A donation has been given to cover the cost of the food and beverages for the yard sale!) You can bring any and all items you wish to donate to the sale to the church this Sunday. Then on Saturday, 9/15, come between 9:00AM and 1:00PM and help us greet the community members who shop at our yard sale!
Watermark Church will provide a meal for the Monroe football team on Friday, August 24! Mark your calendar and come over in the afternoon on 8/24 if you can help!
CHANGE in LOCATION: A Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is held every Friday at 7:00 AM, and the location is moving to the Waffle House at the Monroe Outlets / SR 63 & I-75. Join with the men of Watermark Church for an encouraging time of fellowship!
The Prophecy and World Events class is offered at 9:30 AM Sundays, taught by Pastor Ron.
Life Group: The Gibson’s and Settimos’ Life Group bible study meets every other Friday. Contact Paul or Nathan for more info.
We will have Children’s Church this Sunday during the 10:30AM worship service, ages 5 thru 4th grade.
We have now added a Grade 4-6 Children’s Sunday School class at 9:30am on Sundays. Classes are currently being offered as follows:
9:30 AM Pre-school - grade 3 Patti Kellis
9:30 AM Grades 4-6 Tim Kellis
Together learning to pray with great power,