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February 07, 2012

6 essentials for 6 years

This week we celebrated our 6th anniversary as a church.  I sometimes cannot believe all that God has done through our church in the past 6 years.

6 years ago we had our first Sunday morning worship experience at Providence High School with 120 people.  This past Sunday we had over 10,000 people worshipping at 6 different locations. 

There have been many defining moments.  Many times where we stepped out in faith and God came through.  And whether we were opening a new campus, or believing for thousands of people to respond to Christ, behind the scenes, at home, and personally, I would be lying if I said these amazing moments didn't come with some difficulties and attacks.  

As I sit back and think about the amazing things God has done over the past few years, I know that there are six things that have carried me through all the highs and the lows.

Prayer, Prayer, Prayer, Prayer, Prayer, and more Prayer.

Personal prayers that I have prayed.

Prayers from people who know me.  I cannot tell you how many friends I have had say to me, "I know this is a difficult season for you, know that I am praying for you..."

Prayers from people who don't know me.  I love when I receive cards, or comments, or when I randomly meet people in public who tell me that they specifically pray for me, my husband, and our family on a regular basis.

Prayers from people who spontaneously felt lead to pray for us.  Recently, during Code Orange Revival, I had two friends tell me that God woke them up in the middle of the night to pray for us.  It is these moments where God speaks to me and reminds me that He is caring for me.

God hears our prayers.  God answers our prayers.  Whether you go to Elevation or not, I hope you pray for your pastor and his family.  I hope you pray for your church.  I hope you never think that your prayers don't matter. 

 

Ephesians 6:18
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

1 John 5:14
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

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Wow, congratulations! We just celebrated our 6th anniversary of being at our church. No where near as large as yours but very loving.

Great Word, Holly! Amen! Though I do not physically attend Elevation Church, I have partnered, both spiritually and financially, with Elevation for about 3 years. And, since day one, every single morning, early as I seek God, I pray for Pastor Steven and you and your precious children, Elijah, Graham and Abbey! Also, I pray for Chunks and Amy and their family and all the pastors, leaders, volunteers and saints of Elevation Church. I thank God for the opportunity!

As a pastor's wife I know and sense when people are truly praying. It reminds me of Moses arms being lifted high by Joshua and Aaron, and as long as those arms were supported by the people, The Lord continually gave them victory! I Timothy 2:1-3
Therefore, i exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverance.
You must have an army praying and interceding.

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