When Your Prayers Have No More Words – Pastor Carter Conlon – TSC Prayer Meeting – 04.20.2021

When there is nothing left for us to express in prayer, when our strength and articulation have been totally used up, when the voice of God has still not responded, a prayer without words can rise up. God already knows what we are asking for and what we need. If we will cry out and experience a groaning of heart for the glory of God then dramatic, generation changing answers will come. Will we pledge ourselves to the Lord with fervency and dedication in this moment? How desperate are we for the power of God to come, for massive salvations to happen, and for the name of Jesus to be glorified?

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

Consider and hear me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest my enemy say,
“I have prevailed against him”;
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 13:1-6

Taking The Lamb Out Of The Mouth Of The Lion – Pastor Carter Conlon – TSC Prayer Meeting – 03.23.2021

Before David ruled Israel, before he slew Goliath, before he was a mighty warrior he delivered a lamb from the mouth of a lion as a shepherd. We must cling to everything that the Lord has given us. Life, salvation, precious promises, and so much more. The voice of discouragement from the enemy is such a lion in this generation, and we must refuse to give way to such voices. You have a testimony, you have a resource, you have the Word of God, you have Jesus! The Lord will empower you to walk out the victories that God wants to lead you into. The voice of discouragement is a lie, the still small voice of God is the truth. Win a spiritual battle for the Lord in your life today. All glory to Jesus!

And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.”

But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

And Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you!”

1 Samuel 17:33-37

Why Exactly Do We Want An Awakening – Pastor Carter Conlon – TSC Prayer Meeting – 03.16.2021

Why are we asking for a spiritual awakening in this generation? Is it just to preserve ourselves and the lukewarm gospel of prosperity that has been present in American pulpits for several decades? At a certain point in time the Lord will defend His own name. Are we tired of the name of Jesus being trampled on and brought low in this generation? Is God able to glorify His name once more in this generation? There is a declaration against the people of God that echoes the taunt of Goliath: you will serve us. Pray without ceasing! Jesus will be glorified!

Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.”

1 Samuel 17:45-47

Let’s Talk About Sin – Pastor Carter Conlon – TSC Prayer Meeting – 03.09.2021

Sin must be an urgent priority for all Christians. Leaving it unaddressed, even if doing so would spare us some pain, discomfort, or sorrow, is never the right option. All of us must ask the Lord to continually search our hearts. Holy Spirit show us what needs to change, give us the faith to lay it all down before you in repentance, and give us a vision of what we are intended to become. A hallmark of maturity is a greater sensitivity to sin, a greater humility with respect to our dependence on God’s righteousness, and a shortened time frame between awareness of sin and repentance. All of us must adjust in order that our walks with God would be amplified in every way.

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”

Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”

And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”

And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

So the Lord God said to the serpent:

“Because you have done this,
You are cursed more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you shall go,
And you shall eat dust
All the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.”

To the woman He said:

“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”

Genesis 3:1-16

You Didn’t Lose It, You Left It – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 02.21.2021

There is a big difference between losing something and leaving it. When Jesus gave John the letters to write to the seven churches he included an oft-cited comment to the church at Ephesus. They had held fast to many things, but they had left their first love. The implication is that it was deliberate. Somewhere along the line in the decades that had passed since the church was established by the Apostle Paul, the Ephesians had moved away from the potency of their original relationship with the Lord. In this day and age many have walked away from their initial passion for Jesus for any number of reasons. The Lord remains as faithful, loving, and steadfast as ever and earnestly beseeches us to repent and to return. This is no time for mediocrity, confusion, or half-heartedness. Either God is who he says He is or not. Spoiler alert: He is.

“To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,

‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’

Revelation 2:1-7

A Prayer To Pray When You Face Your Toughest Moment In Life – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 02.07.2021

There are moments in our lives when the Lord takes things or people away from us. These valleys are where the shipwreck of our faith can occur. However, it’s also where the greatest refinement of our faith can take place. Do we reject the Lord in such moments of heartbreak, or do we cast ourselves totally on His mercy and His keeping power? When we are in the midst of our deepest and darkest spiritual battles, when the trajectories of our lives are irreparably altered, and when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death to whom will we turn? God shows up to Job and declares His sovereignty, and Job responds with a prayer that can guide us even today. He proclaims the character of God and declares that God is indeed the creator and master of all things. Will we in the time of our greatest challenge be still and know who God is? Knowing the God we serve is much more important than knowing why something has taken place. One word from the Lord can change everything!

Then Job answered the Lord and said:

“I know that You can do everything,
And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.
You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
Listen, please, and let me speak;
You said, ‘I will question you, and you shall answer Me.’

“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
But now my eye sees You.
Therefore I abhor myself,
And repent in dust and ashes.”

Job 42:1-6

Thorn In The Flesh – R.T. Kendall – Times Square Church – 01.31.2021

Christians often quote the apostle Paul and say ‘when I am weak, then I am strong’, but there are some lessons to be learned from the surrounding context that are harder for most of us to take in. Paul received a thorn in the flesh so that his service to the Lord would not turn into anything that glorified Paul rather than Jesus. We have a potent tendency to take credit for success but pass blame for failure. In truth, a better approach would start by presuming the exact opposite and seeking the Lord for wisdom, knowledge, and discernment. Oh that we could all have the perspective and understanding that the Holy Spirit gifted Paul such that he could say that he even takes pleasure in infirmities and persecutions when they arise for the sake of Christ. Let us go deeper into the things of God and discover the obedience and love that are necessary for us to stand firm in the faith in this generation!

It is doubtless not profitable for me to boast. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord: I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities. For though I might desire to boast, I will not be a fool; for I will speak the truth. But I refrain, lest anyone should think of me above what he sees me to be or hears from me.

And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:1-10

Big And Small – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 01.17.2021

God wants to be involved in every aspect of our lives. We must earnestly beseech Him at all times and for matters big and small. Many Christians only pray when they are out of other options, but that will not suffice. We must regularly seek the wisdom and the will of the Lord for our lives so that we can be properly obedient. Jesus has abundantly demonstrated on the cross His absolute worthiness of all our focus and attention. Do not fall into the trap of assuming that we can handle things on our own. Even if we can, we should consult the Lord to see how to do things the best way possible. Jesus truly is Lord, and His Kingdom shall be sustained forever. We can have a regular audience with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. What does it say about us if we decline that open invitation?

And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said to him: “Because you have relied on the king of Syria, and have not relied on the Lord your God, therefore the army of the king of Syria has escaped from your hand. Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the Lord, He delivered them into your hand. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”

2 Chronicles 16:7-9

I Can’t Choose The Battle But I Can Choose Strength – Pastor Tim Dilena – Times Square Church – 01.03.2021

A new year has dawned, and the spiritual battle rages on. This is a time for rededication. We must all realize that the strength of our foundation cannot rest in the trappings and appearances of religion. Either we will remain steadfast amidst the storm or we wont. Many even in the church have been swept away because Christ was not their firm foundation. Do you truly know the Lord Jesus? Regardless of your answer now is the time to press in. Rededicate everything to God. Adjust priorities. Make tough decisions. Be set free from the dead weight of the world that constantly accumulates. Ask the Lord to show you what to do. Hear and be obedience. Such rededication is how we all must build up mighty resources of faith and strength for the days ahead.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Matthew 7:21-27