Lutz Campus

18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

Encountering God in Prayer

Encountering God in Prayer


“’Do not come any closer,’ God said. ‘Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.’ Then he said, ‘I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.’ At this, Moses hid his face….’And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the ways the Egyptians are oppressing them.’” (Exodus 3:5-6, 9)

 When Moses saw the burning bush in the desert, God revealed truths about Himself that continue to motivate our prayers. God introduced Himself as a holy, merciful and purposeful God. Moses learned that He was in the presence of the God of his forefathers; the self-existing, eternal, all powerful God, revealed here as “I AM.” He was told to remove his sandals in worshipful response to God’s holiness.

Ask the Lord to show you people who are far from God, perhaps in desert-like seasons of life. Ask Him to bring them into His holy presence and to introduce them to Jesus freshly by the working of the Holy Spirit. Pray that people will be drawn and invited to Easter services all over the world to encounter the person of Jesus and His works of death and resurrection for their salvation. How blessed they will be to know relationship and purpose in the holy, living God!

God heard the prayers of the Israelites and saw their oppression. Be encouraged that God hears your prayers. As you see the oppression of people around the world, and even as you may personally know oppression, continue to “cry” out to God. He said, he had “seen,” “heard,” was “concerned,” and had “come down to rescue” and to “bring them up.” (vs. 7-8)

God appeared to Moses in His holiness. He heard the prayers of His hurting people, and He involved Moses in His purpose and work. (vs. 10) You will encounter God in prayer. His heart and compassion will become yours as you respond to His person and His holiness. He will involve you in His Kingdom purposes as you cry out to Him.

Please pray and plan to participate on the National Day of Prayer. Ronnie Floyd, who has served as a pastor, and in leadership roles for the SBC and the National Day of Prayer, will speak and lead prayer in the Wednesday evening service, May 4. He will also speak and lead prayer at the Idlewild NDP Breakfast on May 5 beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Greg Murphy – Pastor, Family Care