No Time For A Prayer Meeting

October 15, 2015



Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the people to get moving!”

~Exodus 14:15, NLT


We cannot do what God does and God will not do what we can.

~Oswald Chambers


A woman woke her husband in the middle of the night telling him that she was in labor and needed to get to the hospital. He grabbed her by the hand and said, “Honey, let’s pray.” She said, “I have a better idea, get your clothes on and get the car.” How do we know when to wait on the Lord patiently in prayer and when to act decisively in faith and obedience? Many people use prayer as an alibi for disobedience. I have asked professing believers to do things clearly commanded in the word or God and they say, “I’ll have to pray about that.” After 46 years, I know what this means, they aren’t going to do it. They lack the courage to be honest. Instead of saying, “I have no intention of helping you preacher,” they spiritualized their fear and rebellion by saying, “Let me pray about it.”

The LORD said to Moses, “This is no time for a prayer meeting, tell the Israelites to get going: I want to see some wet feet.” 

Actually, there are several things you don’t need to pray about:

  • Tithing
  • Sharing your faith
  • Helping someone is need
  • Worship attendance
  • Loving our neighbor

The most hypocritical thing we can do is to ask God to do something that we are perfectly capable of doing. God will not honor our prayers when we refuse to be a part of the answer. Some circumstances call for fervent prayer while others demand prompt obedience. May the Lord give us the wisdom to know the difference.


  • Bill Wilbourn is in ICU at DGH.
  • Chanda’s Grandmother, Mrs. Corey Orr is very sick. She is at USA in Falkville. I visited with her briefly yesterday. She is very weak but in good spirits.
  • Gary Garner had his second or third treatment yesterday and is walking on his own. He walked 800 steps yesterday. He is very thankful. I don’t know that I have seen a more grateful soul than Gary. He thanks you for your prayers. He said, “I am convinced Bro. Jack, that it was the pray that made the difference. That is what I believe,” He said. I agree!
  • We had 104 for the GATHERING: PTL
  • Kane Update: The blood pressure meds seen to be working. Blood work and MRI tomorrow. Blood pressure check Friday morning then we head home. This all depends on how the blood work goes. Pray us home folks. We are tired of Memphis!

Gary, Keri and Kane


One Response to “No Time For A Prayer Meeting”

  1. Steve Says:

    Bro. Jack here is the other movie we’re going to see:

    We’re SO honored you’ll be joining the Cove Church family for a private showing of “Woodlawn” at Carmike Valley Bend THIS Sunday, October 18th. This email contains all the need-to-know info for your movie experience…

    When you arrive, there is no need for you to stand in the ticket purchase line. Instead, proceed immediately into the lobby and take a left in the direction of Auditorium #9. (If you want popcorn, snacks, and/or something to drink, please visit the concession stand to make these purchases before going to the auditorium.)

    The auditorium doors will open promptly at 6PM and the movie will start at 6:30PM. Before you enter, you’ll be asked to show your ticket…so remember to print it and bring it with you!

    EXCITING UPDATE: Todd Gerelds will be our special guest for the evening! Todd is the son of Coach Tandy Gerelds (a main character in the film) and author of the newly-released book “Woodlawn: One Hope. One Dream. One Way.” He will do a brief share before the movie goes live, as well as receive folks in the lobby afterwards for questions, pictures, book signings, etc. Please help us make sure Todd receives a fantastic Cove Church welcome!

    If you have a Cove Church t-shirt of any type, we invite you to wear it to the movie. BIG crowds of t-shirts are an effective way to encourage curiosity and questions about our local church family, as well as the amazing God we serve and celebrate…together!

    Finally, there are a few (although not many) more tickets available…so spread the word! We’re looking forward to seeing you soon.

    Cove Church

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