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Prayer Note: August

We hope you will enjoy our “Prayer Note” — an internal communication here at The Cove, created each month to remind and encourage our staff to pray. We share these with you at the beginning of each month in hopes that you, too, will be encouraged.

Prayer Note(3)By Donna Riesen


Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight…”  Do you recall any of the wishes you made when you were small?  I made a multitude of wishes as a child—whether it was wishing on a star, throwing a penny in a fountain, or wishing as I blew out the candles on a birthday cake—but I always followed up with a quick prayer, just as extra “insurance.”  Raised in a Christian home, I was taught early to understand the difference between a fun game of wishing versus real praying to my Heavenly Father who knew me and loved me, and I soon began to perceive that real results were more likely to come from prayer rather than wishes. Thankfully, my understanding of prayer has grown since childhood, and I’ve begun to appreciate the fact that prayer is about much more than seeing results or having my every wish fulfilled. Now when I look up at the first star of evening, I’m moved to worship rather than wishing.

I think most of us have done our share of “Star Light/Star Bright” praying — deciding on our own about the outcome we desire, and then sending up “a wish and a prayer” that God will come around to our way of thinking and send the answer exactly as we requested. Praise God He doesn’t work that way! As C. S. Lewis explained, “Prayer is request. The essence of request, as distinct from compulsion, is that it may or may not be granted.”

As we grow in our faith and begin to know God in a deeper way through the reading of His Word and the witness of the Holy Spirit, we learn to appreciate the conversational quality of prayer. We come to Him with our needs and concerns, yet our prayer time involves much more than just submitting the day’s “wish list.”  We begin to seek the Giver more than His gifts. We learn to listen for the still small voice of His Spirit.

“Change your definition of prayer,” Max Lucado recommends. “Think of prayer as less an activity for God and more an awareness of God. Seek to live in uninterrupted awareness.” (Come Thirsty. Thomas Nelson, 2012.)

Let’s ask God to transform our hearts, strengthen our love for Him and deepen our awareness of Him until we begin to grasp the meaning of Paul’s exhortation to “pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV).” Our prayer list may be long, and we should not hesitate to bring our needs to the feet of our Father and trust Him to answer according to His will; but our greatest need is to know Him in a way that transcends our present situation.

As speaker Michael Card shared during a recent Intensive Bible Training session at The Cove, “Could it possibly be true that the greater miracle is not the healing or the unexpected check that saves from bankruptcy, but the unthinkable truth that God has chosen to be with us through it all? Could it possibly be true that the miracle is not provision, but Presence?” The Maker of the Stars desires to give us something so much greater than just fulfilled wishes. He desires to give us Himself.

Please pray faithfully for The Cove throughout the month of August. Pray for the health and safety of our speakers, artists and seminar attendees. Pray for God’s provision and leading as we seek to serve and honor Him in this ministry. Most importantly, pray that those who visit The Cove will encounter God in a way that will transform their hearts and cause them to grow deeper in love with Him.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker (Psalm 95:6, NKJV).”


Join us in praying for the following events in August:

All seminars in 2016 are free (lodging and meal fees apply).
(For more information or to register, click on the links below.)

When Faith Collides With Fear
with Will Graham— August 5-7

Guided Personal Spiritual Retreat
with John Parrish & Trish Lancaster — August 8-11

Don’t Waste Your Sin
with Steve Brown,  August 12-14

Living Like One of Heaven’s Heroes
with Herb Reavis— August 15-17

Women’s Seminar — The Jesus We’re Aching For: The Gospel According to Mark
with Lisa Harper— August 19-20

An Evening at The Cove
with Laura Story— August 20

SeniorCelebration: God’s Great Salvation: Chosen, Redeemed, and Sealed
with Mel Blackaby — August 22-24

Life on a High Place
with Wayne Barber — August 26-28

Thank you for praying!

Prayer Note: July

We hope that you will enjoy our “prayer note” — an internal communication, here at The Cove, created each month to remind and encourage our staff to pray. We will share these with you at the beginning of each month in hopes that, you too, will be encouraged.

Prayer Note(3)By Donna Riesen

 “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants Thereof (Leviticus 25:10).”

This passage of Scripture from the Old Testament is inscribed on the Liberty Bell at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. The streets rang with the sound of freedom as the bell was sounded on July 4, 1776, after the Second Continental Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence.

Bonfires and Illuminations…
In a letter written to his wife in July of 1776, Founding Father John Adams shared his feelings on the momentous occasion. “It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.“

Fast forward 240 years to Wednesday, June 15, 2016, when someone ignited a fireworks display inside an Arizona Wal-Mart. While the resulting blaze could have ended in tragedy, the store was evacuated and the fire quickly extinguished, thanks to the quick and appropriate actions of store personnel and prompt response from the Phoenix Fire Department.

I don’t think this is what John Adams had in mind.
As we celebrate our freedom this July Fourth, the atmosphere throughout the country may seem more like the chaotic, near-tragic scene from Wal-Mart, rather than the “Pomp and Parade” John Adams foresaw.

In a nation troubled by senseless shootings, terror threats, political polarization, racial tension and unrest, widespread immorality, and economic instability, there may not appear to be much to celebrate. Add to this the rise of political correctness, rejection of Biblical standards, and outright hostility toward Christians, and many believers may feel tempted to forego participation in this year’s “bonfires and illuminations.”

Illumination or Conflagration?
There is no shortage of words when it comes to discussion of how to solve the problems plaguing our republic. Google “2016 Election” and you’ll get a search result of around 200 million. Not to mention that this is probably the first U.S. election in which the major party candidates exchanged verbal blows via “Twitter Wars.” We’ve come a long way from the high and lofty language of the Founding Fathers. #GiveMeLibertyOrGiveMeDeath. Words written by the Apostle James seem to elucidate the current state of our heated and contentious national discourse: “So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites (James 3:5).”

Since words can fan the fires of freedom or ignite the flames of destruction, how should we as Christians speak into America’s current state of affairs? We must speak the truth and boldly stand for our right to declare it, yet season our words and our actions with love and grace. But the best and most effective way to use our words is to lift them before the throne of God in prayer.

Confession and Intercession…
Praise God that over 140,000 individuals throughout the U.S. have joined together to pray for our country during Franklin Graham’s Decision America tour. Sharing messages from the book of Nehemiah, Franklin Graham is crossing the country proclaiming the good news that God can restore America, if we only will pray. In each state he has visited so far, crowds of thousands have turned out to join together in praying 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

In addition to praying for the ministry of The Cove throughout the month of July, please continue to pray fervently and faithfully for America. The words of the Decision America Tour mission state it best: “Because Jesus Christ is the only hope for America (1 Corinthians 3:11), we call our nation to God and pray for His forgiveness and blessing (2 Chronicles 7:14) and for the liberty and freedom to continue to proclaim His Name until He returns (2 Corinthians 4:5).”

I hope you’ll enjoy a picnic, parade and fireworks with friends and family this Fourth of July, but accompany all the festivities with this heartfelt prayer: “God, please bless America!”


Join us in praying for the following events in July:

All seminars in 2016 are free (lodging and meal fees apply.)
(For more information or to register, click on the links below.)

An Evening at The Cove
with The Collingsworth Family— July 7

SeniorSalt Impact Hymn Sing
with Ron Whittemore & David Gaines — July 11

Pastors’ Institute: 3-D Discipleship: Loving, Growing, Reaching
with Lon Allison, July 12-13

Kingdom Parenting
with Tony Evans— July 14-16

Intensive Bible Training: The Midnight Cry 
with R.T. Kendall — July 18-22

An Evening at The Cove
with Michael Card— July 24

Intensive Bible Training: Recovering the Lost Language of Lament
with Michael Card — July 25-29

Thank you for praying!