By T. Adrenne Terrell, Columnist
Greetings from The Springs! The March church calendar has been set and there is something to do each week. The events are as follows: ·Outreach Conference, March 5-6; Calvary Baptist Church from 5p.m.-8p.m. nightly. ·Spring Clean Up Day, March 15 at the old church. ·USBC Ladies Fellowship Tea, Saturday March 22 at 12p.m. ·USBC Women’s Day, Sunday March 23 at 10a.m. ·Pastor Vincent Casey’s Third Anniversary, March 23; Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at 2:30p.m. · Morgan County Minister’s Union Revival, March 26-28; Bethlehem Baptist Church; service starts at 7:30p.m. nightly. Please note the locations of these events.
Several are not on The Springs’ campus, so make plans accordingly. In Wednesday’s Bible, we continued the series, “God, I Want to Know You.” Most of the class focused on St. John 14 as we examined the Holy Spirit. In this text, Pastor Terrell brought out these points. We can rely on the Holy Spirit when we can’t rely on anything else.
Secondly, we show our love for God by obeying His Word.
Finally, the word of prophecy comes so that we will believe. Should we pray out aloud? That was a question posed to Pastor Terrell and he answered it for us on Sunday.
The main text for the morning came from St. Matthew 6:6. Reverend Terrell began his sermon with this question. If you go into your closet to pray, why would you need to be silent?
The Word is simple. Speak out with your voice. In this passage we find a command and promise. The command is to, “enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father which is in secret.”
The promise is that, “thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Our first instruction is to enter into our closet to pray. That basically means to pray at home. Pastor Terrell stated that we need to do more than just try to get in all of our prayer at church.
We need to go to our secret place at home and pray for ourselves. Another additional note to this is that we still need to pray privately even at home. Sometimes your spouse or your children don’t really need to hear all of what you are praying.
It’s between you and the Lord. Now, about the promise. There is a reward that God promises to you when you pray aloud in your closet or secret place in your home.
Praying aloud will let you decree some stuff into your life. Not only will God reward you, but He will do it for you openly. Everyone will see it. The reason why some things have not changed is because you are not doing it the right way!
So, is there a time when we shouldn’t pray aloud? This is answered when we look back at Joshua 1:8. This passage begins, “this book of the law shall not depart out of thou mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night.” Joshua’s job was to lead the children of Israel into the promise land. He had to launch an attack. The Lord instructed him to meditate on the law.
You don’t tell your adversary your strategy. The time that you pray inwardly is when you are fighting the enemy. Pastor Terrell says that our words have power. Along with this, the Bible states that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
By praying aloud, you hear it for yourself and also, you encourage yourself. Any time God makes a promise to us, we get to try Him out. The Lord will reward you openly when you go into your close when thou prayest! Glory be to God!