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Flash: ON   October 16, 2019 
  

 
Does prayer really make a difference?
 
 
“I must not be asking God for the right things.”
 
“If only I could concentrate better when I pray.”
 
“Maybe God is not really listening after all.”
 
If those are thoughts that ever cross your mind or settle in your heart, then maybe you are asking the question, “Does prayer really work?” Maybe you have been praying for a long time and have not received the answer you wanted, or felt that there hasn’t been any change.
 
Well, there is good news. Prayer really does make a difference. There are two reasons for this. First, prayer does not depend on us. If answers to our prayers depended on us, we would never have our prayers answered because as sinful people God would not listen to us. That might hurt our feelings, but it is the truth.
 
That leads to the subsequent reason why prayer makes a difference. It depends upon God. In the Bible, we read this little prayer, “O Lord, hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief” (Psalm 143:1). The person who spoke this prayer recognized that it was God’s faithfulness on which the answer to his request depended.  
 
God’s faithfulness was demonstrated when he kept his promise to send us Jesus. In saving love, Jesus died to pay for our sins that had separated us from God and had closed his ears to our prayers. Jesus’ perfect sacrifice opens the way to God and gives believers in Jesus the gracious promise that their prayers are heard and answered.
 
If you are struggling with prayer; if you don’t know what to pray for, or how to pray, join us to hear more about your Savior Jesus and the difference he makes for your prayers. Because of Jesus, prayer really does work. We have his Word on it.  

 
 

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WORSHIP SERVICES:
 
Wednesday:
7:00 PM
Sunday:
9:00 AM

Sunday School and Adult Bible Study
September thru May

 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
coffee and treats

Summer Sunday Worship services
Memorial Day weekend thru Labor Day weekend
no Sunday School
Fellowship coffee/snacks following Sunday service:
19 min Bible Study Sundays
10:15 AM



Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sundays of the month and the Wednesdays preceding these Sundays. The WELS synod practices close communion, contact Pastor Barlow for more information. 
 
 

 
MONTH at a GLANCE
UPCOMING EVENTS for September
at CROSS



Cross Lights
Tuesday Sept. 3rd
7:30 PM

Sunday School and Adult Bible Study
starts

Sunday Sept. 8th
10:15AM

Monday AM Bible Study
starts

Monday Sept. 9th
9:30AM

Catechism Class
starts

Monday Sept.9th
4:30PM

Handbell Choir practice
starts

Tuesday Sept. 10th
7:00PM

Voice Choir Practice
starts

Wednesday Sept. 11th
8:00PM

Men's Breakfast Bible Study
Sat. Sept. 21st
9:00 AM

Crow River Fall Pastor's Conf. 
Sept. 23rd & 24th
St. Paul's



*See Calendar Page for full month** 
schedule of events
                          




 

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