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Teaching About Prayer

When my husband asked me to speak on a Wednesday night, my first reaction was to tell him “no” and that was just because in this season of my life I felt as though I was too busy to study and prepare.  The Juice Bar keeps me hopping just to keep up with book work and ordering supplies.  I felt like a “plan B” instead of honored.  I am just being real and transparent.  I had several things going on that week and three days to study was cram time.

Although I am quite capable of retrieving in my head the knowledge of years of study, I am still Choleric and its hard for someone to ‘tell’ me what to do, not my convenience and yet still the topic of prayer.  Prayer… boring to me was not a good juicy topic even though it is a much needed subject because I have people who come to me and ask me how they should pray or directions on how to do it.  So I put on my creative hat and stayed up late to pull it all together.  Below is my sermon notes and the youtube clip.  Hope you enjoy! WATCH HERE 

 

PRAYER: DIRECT COMMUNICATION a spiritual communion with God, in fellowship, interchange or sharing of thoughts or emotions; the act of sharing, holding in common; participation.

 

TO FORM A RELATIONSHIP OF LOVE, CHARACTER, ACTIONS (partner with someone dependence, alliance,)

 

In a relationship: We want authentic – truth – loyalty & protection – love – security – acceptance as well as identity. Prayer forms all these things in our human behavior when we connect with God.

 

If you look at prayer as a duty or works, you will feel guilty because you are not doing it. We all have been told maybe “how to pray” “what to say” “when to pray” “where to pray” based on how others either got results, picked a prayer from the bible etc…

 

We must look at prayer as a spiritual oneness with God, our mind, body, spirit, or very soul melting into His heart to guide us, show us and love us as we are as we conform to His ways & will and not necessarily our own. A bond that will not separate. The glue that holds us together.

 

The Lord God Almighty can do all things; there is nothing impossible for Him (Luke 1:37).

The Lord God Almighty hears the prayers of His children. He commands us to pray, and He promises to listen when we do. “In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears” (Psalm 18:6).
He answers prayer. “I call on you, O God, for you will answer me” (Psalm 17:6).

“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17).

 

I know as a parent you can tune your kids out sometimes…. But we still HEAR THEM!

 

JAMES 4:2 Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

 

Everything we do in life, there is always an asking., and relationship is always involved – time, awareness, thoughtfulness and sacrifice – communication and asking

Child to parent…. Relationship – ASKING IS A PART

Dating…. Relationship ASKING IS A PART

Friendship…. Relationship – ASKING IS A PART

Marriage…. Relationship – ASKING IS A PART

 

We go throughout life with Relationships/communication and asking

Ask

Matthew 7:7  “Ask, and it will be given to you, seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.

Matthew 21:22 And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

Mark 11:24  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it

 

There’s an undeniable, unknowable, invisible mystery to the power of prayer.

We may dismiss it, downplay it, or even devalue its critical importance.

We may think it is a good idea in theory—if only it would actually make a difference.

Oftentimes people become disappointed and disillusioned when they pray to God to grant a specific outcome or desire and their “prayer” is not answered.

Many people think a miracle has happened when just such a prayer results in God’s bringing about the desired outcome.

Despite what we may or may not understand about prayer, God has deliberately chosen this particular vehicle to commune with his people. It is His way to partner in the fulfilling of his will. Prayer is the portal that brings the power of heaven down to earth.

THOUSANDS OF BOOKS ON PRAYER:

The Prayer of Jabez –

Daniels prayer

How to pray in one hour: Praise, Repetition, Reading of the Word, Meditation, Thanksgiving, and Praise

Prayer Wheel

MY Prayer Sheet

 

Name Salvation Healing Deliverance Special Prayer  
           
           
           
  1. Plead the blood of Jesus – blood on the door post
  2. People to receive, be drawn by His Spirit – no hindrances, no walls to prevent – open to hear
  3. Put people in place for divine intervention – put angels around them in protection
  4. Rebuke diseases, spirits, cast them out bind to them a spirit of love and healing
  5. Praise for results to manifest

 

Boys: Prayer bedtime – around the table (form a tradition)

Prayer lines at church –

According to the Internet 4,200 religions

Jewish Law: pray three times daily: in the morning, in the afternoon and at nightfall the people who remain standing on their feet after making three steps forward. This is made to get closer to God. The Jews have the special prayers for each situation in their lives. . Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Abraham introduced prayer in the morning, Isaac—in the afternoon, and Jacob added one at night.

King David, for example, declared that he prayed three times daily,6 and Daniel (in Babylon) prayed three times daily facing in the direction of Jerusalem.

For Muslims, the five daily prayer times (called salat) They also serve as a reminder of the connection that Muslims the world over share through their faith and shared rituals. Islamic teaching requires Muslims to engage in ritualistic washing of the hands, feet, arms, and legs. Prayers are on a rug and facing the sun.

Buddhists don’t pray to a Creator God, but they do have devotional meditation practices which could be compared to praying. Radiating loving-kindness to all living beings is a practice where one dedicates the goodness of one’s life to the benefit of all living beings as well as praying for a particular person.

Church of Satan worldwide has set aside the 6 p.m. hour every day to pray for the demise of the Christian church, and most specifically for its pastors. Surprisingly, most card-carrying satanists do not worship Satan or any other form of the devil — they are actually atheists. The Church of Satan, founded in the mid-1960s: “Satan to us is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of highest personal potential. They do not believe in Satan as a being or person.”

The Church of Satan puts the individual at the center of the universe “a-theist” to an “I-theist.”

Jehovah Witness 90% followed by Mormon 85% pray daily followed by us Christians at 79%

Pew Research Center:

55% of Americans say they pray. As well as believe you should attend church once a week and read the bible once weekly. But 85% believe in God as certain.

The same survey found that 63% of Christians in the U.S. say praying regularly is an essential part of their Christian identity.

Women (59%) are more likely than men (41%) to pray every day. Ages 30-49 pray daily more than any other age group.

Education: HS or less followed by some college vs. those who had college/graduate degree.

For those who make less than $30,000 a year prayed daily followed by the 50-90 thousand (those who made 30-50 thousand prayed less) followed by those who made over 100 grand

Married people prayed more followed by those who never married vs. partners rarely prayed as widows.

Pray in Faith

Another popular idea is that the amount of faith we have determines whether or not God will answer our prayers. However, sometimes the Lord answers our prayers in spite of our own lack of faith. In Acts 12, the church prays for Peter’s release from prison (v. 5), and God answers their prayer (vv. 7-11). Peter goes to the door of the prayer meeting and knocks, but those who are praying refuse at first to believe that it is really Peter. They prayed he would be released, but they failed to expect an answer to their prayers.

In faith:

Acts : Rise up and walk!

James 5:14-16 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

 

Always & With Thanksgiving

Ephesians 6:18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

God calls us to be modern-day watchmen. The Bible speaks of “watches,” which are specific times of the day or night. There are basically eight watches covering 24 hours. Every prayer watch has a purpose.
Today more than ever, it is important that we pray and seek the mind of the Lord: “Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). Major decisions we are confronted with require us to know God’s individual will for our lives.

FIRST WATCH: 6-9PM

  • Meditation and self-evaluation. Jewish tradition it is the end of the old day and the beginning of the new day.
  • A time of humbling yourself and allowing the Lord to search your heart.
  • A time of repentance and realigning your heart with His purpose.
  • A time to be strengthened, a time to quiet your soul and ask the Lord to remove any distractions from your heart.
  • After the business of the day is a time to release anxieties to the Lord before going to sleep.
  • This is a time to meditate on God’s Word. Meditation quiets our emotions, realigns our mind, and frees our will to do the will of God. What we could not hear clearly earlier in the day, we begin to hear during this time. During this watch, ask God to give you clear directions for the next day and about His call on your life.
  • Jesus used this time to Jesus also healed many sick people during this time (Mark 1:32; Luke 4:40). This watch is usually for those who have a strong apostolic calling and anointing to break strongholds and walls.
  • This watch is for seasoned Christians who are determined to do mighty things with boldness in the Lord.
  • Focus on your future; pray for your future and blessings.

SECOND WATCH: 9-MIDNIGHT

  • Release a canopy of praise and worship over your life. (Paul and Silias gave thanks – angels released on our behalf, a time of visitation and supernatural happenings of God.
  • It was at the midnight hour that God struck down the first-born of Egypt, which resulted in His people being released from captivity and set free to worship Him.  This watch is a time when God deals with the enemies that are trying to keep us from entering into His perfect plan for our lives.

THIRD WATCH : MIDNIGHT – 3AM

  • This time is known as the witching hour where witches try to control and take advantage.
  • This watch is a time for disciplined Christians to intercede and take back from the enemy the authority that he has attempted to steal.
  • This is the period to pray for God’s provision to be released (Luke 11:5-13; Acts 16:3).
  • It is also time for miracles and for applying the Blood of Jesus.
  • Often, we are awakened during this time with dreams God has given to us. God uses dreams and visions to bring instruction and counsel to us as we sleep. He also reveals areas where we need to concentrate our prayers and intercession. “In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men, while slumbering on their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instructions.” (Job 33:15).
  • The devil can also attack you in dreams (nightmares), so always pray before you go to sleep and ask God to keep you from the enemy’s devices.

FOURTH WATCH: 3AM – 6AM

  • Jesus walked on water. This is the time of the morning when the Israelites were delivered from slavery in Egypt
  • When we can see divine intervention in our lives.
  • Declare the mercies of the Lord over you life and those in your sphere of influence.
  • This is the time the Lord will give you faith and courage to step out and follow Him in the face of adversity.
  • Declare the newness of God in your life, new mercies, new favor and new grace, wisdom, revelation. Speak to the storms in your life (death and life in power of tongue)
  • Declare promises of the Lord!
  • This is the time for all of the enemy’s plans and strategies to fail. This watch is for gaining territory, establishing the spirit of prosperity and stopping the devil from hijacking blessings and favor.
  • This prayer watch sets our day before it begins.
  • This is an opportunity to set things in place before the devil and his demons have a chance to ruin it. Accidents, deaths, thefts, job loss, and any other acts of the devil can be stopped during this watch when intercessors obey the voice of the Lord and fill the morning with powerful prayers.

FIFTH WATCH 6- 9 AM

  • The first watch of the day, consecrate yourself to the will of God for the day.
  • During this watch, pray for such issues as healing in your body, relationships, family, government, and the economy.
  • Time for the Holy Spirit to prepare us for service (2 Corinthians 9:30; Ephesians 4:12)
  • Acts 2:15 says it was the “third hour of the day” (or 9:00 A.M.) when the Holy Spirit descended in the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost to equip the 120 disciples for service.
  • Regular work schedules usually begin between the hours of 6:00 A.M. and 9:00 A.M. As you step out, ask the Holy Spirit to equip you for the day.

SIXTH WATCH 9-NOON

  • Holy Spirit poured out upon disciples –
  • #9 represents gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
  • The Israelites used this as a time for corporate prayer. Daily prayer and instruction at the temple. We should use this for the power and character of the Holy Spirit to be released in the church – revival and spiritual awakening.
  • This is a time to watch for the Word of the Lord to be fulfilled in your life.
  • This is also the time to receive the supply of all resources needed for every project God has assigned you to fulfill (Exodus 12:35-36).
  • This was the time that the Israelites got everything that they had to use to build the Tabernacle in the wilderness.
  • Pray for the provision to accomplish whatever God wants you to do.
  • We must take up our cross and commit ourselves to Jesus Christ.

SEVENTH WATCH : NOON – 3PM

Jesus died on Cross.

Pray God would redeem the time, restore the years, pray for wisdom and revelation.

Rebuke spirits, decree the path of your destiny

The midday is the beginning of the sixth hour (12:00 P.M.)

This is the time when the sun is at its fullest and brightest. Pray that your life would be bright.

This is also the time to pray to not be led into any temptation, trap or snare of the enemy.

EIGHTH WATCH: 3-6PM

Jesus Christ died on the cross during this watch. (3:00 P.M.)

This is when Peter and John entered the temple and healed the lame man .

Pray for healing to be released upon those who have been captive to sickness and disease, miracles be released on the earth, miracles would glorify God.
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The power of prayer does not flow from us; it is not special words we say or the special way we say them or even how often we say them.

We cannot access powerful prayer by using “magic formulas.”

The power of prayer is not based on a certain direction we face or a certain position of our bodies. The power of prayer does not come from the use of artifacts or icons or candles or beads.

The power of prayer comes from the omnipotent One who hears our prayers and answers them.

 

Prayer places us in contact with Almighty God, and we should expect almighty results, whether or not He chooses to grant our petitions or deny our requests. Whatever the answer to our prayers, the God to whom we pray is the source of the power of prayer, and He can and will answer us, according to His perfect will and timing.

  1. Power Of Prayer – How do I tap into it?
    The power of prayer is not the result of the person praying. Rather, the power resides in the God who is being prayed to.1 John 5:14-15 tells us, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.”
  2. No matter the person praying, the passion behind the prayer, or the purpose of the prayer – God answers prayers that are in agreement with His will. His answers are not always yes, but are always in our best interest. When our desires line up with His will, we will come to understand that in time. When we pray passionately and purposefully, according to God’s will, God responds powerfully!

 

 

What Happens to your body when you pray?

2014 Injected with Dye – Brain Scan

“We see not only changes in the activity levels, but in different neurotransmitters, the chemicals in our brain.”

Because the brain basic body functions like heart rate, blood pressure, and the immune system, there’s evidence to show that by doing these practices, you can cause a lot of different changes all the way throughout the body, which could have a healing effect.” Dr Andrew Newburg

 

“The more you focus on something — whether that’s math or auto racing or football or God — the more that becomes your reality, the more it becomes written into the neural connections of your brain,” Newberg says.

 

Brain reacts in the frontal lobe as just as you were talking to a friend and that atheist had no brain activity.

Scientifically, we know this is true. It takes 21 days of focused thinking about one thought to form that neural pathway. It takes 63 days of thinking about that thought everyday to permanently wire that belief or thought in and to get it to become what naturally drives us without having to think.

 

As is the conclusion to everything, if we do what the Bible says, our brain and life will be shaped to have success, peace, happiness, and passion. That includes:

  • Memorizing scripture daily
  • reading the Bible daily
  • taking each thought captive and replacing it with truth
  • thinking on what is pure and eternal.
  • Be in constant prayer and conversations with the Holy Spirit to have him lead your day and every decision.

Do not be overwhelmed- this is a practice, a life long journey. The more you do it, the easier and completely natural it becomes!

 

WHAT HAPPENS TO OUR BODY

At such times, the body’s metabolism decreases, the heart rate slows, blood pressure goes down, and our breath becomes calmer and more regular.

 

This physiological state is correlated with slower brain waves, and feelings of control, tranquil alertness and peace of mind.

 

This is significant because Benson estimates that over half of all doctor visits in the U.S. today are prompted by illnesses, like depression, high blood pressure, ulcers and migraine headaches, that are caused at least in part by elevated levels of stress and anxiety.

Individuals who prayed daily were shown to be 40 percent less likely to have high blood pressure than those without a regular prayer practice.

 

 

 

 

I don’t believe that our prayer changes God’s mind or improves God’s disposition. God will do what God will do. Our basic prayer is: God, be God. Be the God you have shown yourself to be. 

 

Would God be something else if we didn’t pray? No.

Would God hate if we didn’t beg God to love? No.

Would God ignore a cancer or marriage unless we remembered to pray and did so fervently? No.

It is God’s nature to love, to show mercy, to forgive, and to redeem. Our prayers don’t modify God’s nature.

What, then, do our prayers do? At one level, they are like a child’s cry for a parent’s help. They just burst forth. We see a need, and we cry to God. We feel a pain, and we cry to God. Our prayers don’t always cause events to change, rather they recognize God’s presence in and through the events.

 

Our prayers align us with God.

It brings God close to us so we can listen.

He suggests—we ask—we thank—we listen.

 

We must look at prayer as a spiritual oneness with God, our mind, body, spirit, or very soul melting into His heart to guide us, show us and love us as we are as we conform to His ways & will and not necessarily our own. A bond that will not separate. The glue that holds us together in relationship and that he will never leave nor forsake us as we live this life on earth knowing one day we will see him..

 

 

 

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God On Facebook

Poked by GodThere is something interesting about Facebook that can just consume people’s time.  I ponder if it is just the social interaction people were created to have, to establish relationships, to stay in contact with people and make new friends.  I loved hearing the responses to my friends on their answer of why they use Facebook when I posed the question “why use Facebook.”  For the most part it was for social reasons and to keep them connected with other people.  Some argue that Facebook should not be used to replace actually interaction with people literally but how can that be argued with a person who chooses to stay home and Facebook is their only outside source of social interaction?

Something that intrigued me is a poke button on Facebook.   This little procedure called “poke”.  This is where you can poke someone on your friend list, which they may or may not poke you back.  I did a little research on this and asked people “why” they poked their friends.  Sometimes it was just for fun, letting them know they were thinking of them, or they didn’t poke at all because they thought it to be flirtatious or rude, but the original meaning:

The poke feature is intended to be a poke gesture (similar to “nudge” in instant messaging) to attract the attention of another user.  A previous version of Facebook’s FAQ gave additional insight into the origin of the feature, stating: When we created the poke, we thought it would be cool to have a feature without any specific purpose. People interpret the poke in many different ways, and we encourage you to come up with your own meanings.

The other night God spoke to me with a little nudge.  It reminded me of the “poke” on Facebook.  I giggled knowing that sometimes we always have a way of letting other things come before Him. He is constantly and patiently waiting for us to notice Him.  I realize that I may go around the same mountain again and again before I learn something, Lord knows I want wisdom in my life.  How many times do we continue our own agenda, do what we want to do without giving time to Him?  How many times do we justify our good actions and intentions without including Him?  It is easy to get caught up in the social action of “getting busy” or “Facebook addiction”, but it is not the true meaning of life.  God can only fill the void that as humans crave for social interaction.  I have to watch myself to stay balanced in this area.  Of course I have God on my mind throughout the day, I know He is with me always and I am constantly thinking of Him.  I guess what I am really saying is that I need to set aside the morning time again to walk with only Him.  He has started again to awake me early.  He has poked me and is waiting for me to poke back.  He wants that relationship, that social interaction without all the white noise in the background.  He wants me to listen for His voice, see His messages, more than instant messages or blips on a screen.

Poke me GodAs I was reading this morning:  Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you.  Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body.  We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we have different work to do.  So we belong to each other and each needs all the others.  God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well.  …. Don’t just pretend you love others; really love them.  Hate what is wrong.  Stand on the side of the good.  Love each other with brotherly affection and take delight in honoring each other.  Never be lazy in your work but serve the Lord enthusiastically.  Be glad for all God is planning for you.  Be patient in trouble and prayerful always. Romans 12

What does God say?

I am here daughter, don’t be afraid, here my call for I will never leave you nor should you be anxious for nothing.  Trust in my plan and have faith in your destiny.  You must rely on me more and not on your own strength, talents or what you can give to others.  I made you that way, and I can give you what you need to do the work I have chosen for you.  I God who have made the trees, the animals, the waters, the deepest sea, the darkest night, I also have made you.  I have equipped you for the plan that is laid out for you to follow.  Do not get off the path, stand tall and walk.  Do not let others distract you as you are walking and trusting.  Keep your vision on me.  Keep your sight on me.  As a baby walks toward his mother for the first time, I am calling with my arms outstretched.  You are mine and I am yours, no one can take me away from you.  Just as a new mother stares at every detail at her child there is so much love, and more so I have for you.  I will help you must you must let me, not on your own strength but my strength.  Display my fruit of love, do not stray from me but stay focused on me, it is I who provides and not anyone else.  You are a tree planted by waters and you will flourish.  Run to me daughter like a daughter daddy moment and let me take care of it.  Do not fret or get upset when dealing with your siblings, you are good, please do not cause harm but pray for them, forgive them and encourage them.  I call out to them also this very same thing and yet they also get distracted. I love you with an enduring love, come and play with me.  Sit with me, talk to me and rest.  Let me consume you with my love to overflowing.

 

 

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Life As You Know It Can Change In A Moment

Time is a funny thing.  It is never on our side.  We always seem to run out of it and it keeps on changing.  It never stands still and we never can go back and change it.  Life as we know it can change so quickly it is like someone came up from behind you and jerked the rug out from under your feet.  In just a split second life changes.

Just ask my cousin.  She was happily married with a daughter.  Her husband crashed his motorcycle, leaving him almost dead.  After coming out of a coma he had to learn to walk and talk all over again.  After several years of the accident the incident played a toil on the marriage and it was dissolved.  The man she had married was no longer that person due to a personality change from injuries sustained to the head.  Her life changed in an instant and they could no longer return to the happy moments of family life except with memories.

Just ask a friend of mine who had three children and happily married.  A Christian home, doing all the right things, being who God called them to be, and in an instant things changed.  He fell from several stories on a construction site.  Everyone presumed him dead falling from such height.  However, through much recovery his personality was not the same due to head injuries.  Their marriage dissolved leaving her feeling confused on why God allowed this to happen to her.  She left her quick-tempered husband due to the fact of protecting her children from a man she once loved so dearly.

Just ask a pastor who got a call on the way home from his church, stating his brother had killed another man.  Just ask a friend of mine whose son was killed point-blank because of drug deal gone bad.  Just ask the mother and father who was awakened in the night by a policeman coming to tell them their daughter just died from a drunk driver.  The list goes on, life goes on, sometimes not so easy to deal with but somehow God gives us the strength to make it another day despite what life has dealt us.

Just ask Bobbi, the wife of Bill.  He is one of our church members who seemed to be acting a little different over this past week-end.  On Monday morning his boss told him to go home or go to the hospital.  The CT scan showed a four-inch brain tumor.  Aggressive and growing, putting pressure on his brain, it affected him at different times, from memory to thinking correctly.  An average hard-working family man now facing surgery and other tests to determine how much time this disease will give him.   We are believing for a miracle. His entire family’s life has and will be forever changed.

Through all these circumstances I am sure you may relate or know someone too in which their life was changed in a moment.  If it wasn’t for God where would we be?  Some who don’t believe in God who is faced with death suddenly starts to pray on in a moment of time.  God is the one who carries us through it all, strengthens us in our weakness and lifts us up to live again with faith. We believe, we receive as time ticks on.  It is through knowing Him that time is on our side in eternity.

Prayer:  Lord, you have a plan and we don’t know why things happen sometimes.  It is hard to not ask “why” when bad things happen to good people.  Sometimes we hurt, we get angry or upset and then we wonder again where are you in all of this madness and sadness.  One thing I do know is your timing is not always what our timing is, you know best.  It is through the difficult times when our life changes in a moment that we need you the most.  Thank you for healing each and everyone and giving us hope again. In Jesus name.  Amen.

Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

James 4:14 New International Version (©1984)
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.

Psalms 144:4 New American Standard Bible (©1995) Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow.

I Corinthians 15:52 New Living Translation (©2007)
It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed.

Please remember to pray for those in my stories today.  If you would like to leave a comment or prayer request (or prayer) please do so in support or in memory of someone who has experienced a moment of time that changed their life.

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He Prayed For You

At PromiseLand, we have a prayer line and prayer cards in which people have to submit a special prayer request to our devoted prayer team.  When anyone request prayer be rest assured you are prayed over daily by several people in our church.  We have seen many prayers answered along with what we have called pure miracles.  Just last week a small four-year old had swallowed a coin token in which the x-ray showed it lodged in her stomach.  She was brought up for prayer in which people prayed the coin be dissolved.  A week passed and another x-ray was taken and the coin was no longer there, so there was no need for surgery.  People who have had cancer, hepatitis, broken bones, headaches, back pains, high blood pressure, and depression have been healed.  This is not because of PromiseLand, but because of the prayer Jesus prayed.

Jesus prayed not only for his disciples but he also prayed for you.  Jesus loved you so much that He prayed for you.  This prayer was for all ages for all time.  Take time to reflect on this prayer Jesus said over you and know that not only did he love you enough to lay down his life for you to have life but that he prayed you would know him in his fullness of miracle living.  It is just not head knowledge in knowing who he was and what he did for all but he brought it down praying for you personally so you might live as he lived, walking, talking and breathing miracles and reflecting his character and love.  That is how much he cares for you, loves you and wants to be in unity with your life.  He wants you to live an abundant kingdom life.  Start now by believing the apostles message.

John 17:20-25 New Living Translation (©2007)

20“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

22“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!

25“O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. 26I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I thank you for all you do, for all you have given us and most of all, for who you are in loving us.  You are an awesome God!  Thank you for praying for us!

Feel free to leave a prayer request in the comment box and your need will be prayed over.  Results will follow.

faith, prayer

Man On Road

The other day a friend of mine told me about passing up a man walking on the side of the road while she was driving to town.  Her children had a fit to pick him up.  The temperature outside was dangerously hot and it wasn’t good for someone to be walking during the day, in fact there was warning of heat index.  She told her teenage daughter and her nine-year old son that it would not be using wisdom in picking up a stranger wandering around since she was a woman with two children in the vehicle.  The children continued to tell her how Jesus would have helped him.  So, she stated that they would all pray for the man to get a ride from someone.  Her little boy talked about it all the way home and felt sorry for the man.  She assured him that Jesus would take care of him since they all prayed.

Later in the day, when she picked her daughter up from work an amazing story came out of her mouth.  She stated that one of the workers there had picked up the man with the beard and drove him to a local restaurant and to catch a ride elsewhere.  As she described the man it was evident that it was the very same man.  As they compared the time frame it was right after their prayer.  God does hear our prayers.

Not only was it a testimony for the children but also to my friend that even the simplest prayer, God hears and God watches over us.  Everyday, our faith should increase through the little things God does for us.   He reminds us that when we pray for others, we are releasing Him to move into the lives of others. When we refuse to pray for others in need, we refuse to be like Him.

Prayer:  Lord, make me sensitive to the needs, the cares, the concerns, the hurts, and the spiritual condition of those that I come in contact with everyday.  Help me to see others in need and pray for you to move in their lives.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

New International Version (©1984) Philemon 1:6
I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.

Abundant life, Encouragement, faith, Leadership, marriage enrichment, Parenthood, Patience, prayer

We Need A Building!

Waiting sometimes makes us want to scream or really think, or how about the big T word….trust.  We have a good situation with the church.  We are overcrowded.  Although it has been tough, we have been blessed to pay off the mortgage and are now debt free.  Here is the opportunity and waiting on an answer is rough.  We need more property to build and the farmer next door has asked a fairly large amount for the ground.  So, do we take it for asking price and build a new sanctuary?  Or do we go elsewhere to build with more ground?  Waiting on God to tell us what to do.  Although we have asked the farmer numerous times to sell us five acres, he has refused every time except this time, and then tells us that he will only sell us four acres for a price far above asking price.  Could he be testing us to see if we really want it or could he be thinking that we won’t purchase it at that price, or did he just throw out a number?

Waiting on God can be frustrating and it requires much patience at times.  However God has a plan and when we try to figure it all out, well, it is not what we want or expect that counts.  God is in control and He will see it fit to open up the doors.  Is it faith trying, yes.  Do we get militant in wanting direction, yes.  Do we whine, plead and cry, yes.  Do we sit patiently and wait, yes.

We know that it is the will of God for His Kingdom to grow.  We know that His church is first and foremost, souls are very important, people to invest in are high on the list, reaching into the community is a must.  So, how can we do all this without a building to accommodate?  God wants us to have a church building big enough to supply the people’s needs, he wants us to minister, serve and give.  So now we wait. Although He hears us, He doesn’t always give the response we expect or the answer on our timetable.

While we wait, He strengthens.
As you are waiting for God, He strengthens you.  (Isaiah 40:31) New International Version (©1984)….but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
God strengthens us through all of this.  Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm; it simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm. When the storms of life come upon us, we can rise above them by setting our minds and our belief toward God. The storms do not have to overcome us; we can allow God’s power to lift us above them. God enables us to ride the winds of the storm that bring sickness, tragedy, failure, and disappointment into our lives. We can soar above the storm. Remember, it is not the burdens of life that weigh us down, it is how we handle them.

As we wait, God will bless.
When waiting for God, He blesses you. “ (Isaiah 30:18) New International Version (©1984) Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! What does it mean to be blessed by God while we wait on Him? As we wait on God and His timing, He can accomplish so much in our hearts. Often we find new purpose in life, receive answers to prayer, see God work, increase our faith, and most often we see God’s perfect plan fulfilled in our situation. Remember, waiting is not wasted time, just a time to be  blessed and to grow stronger.

Ultimately then, waiting upon God protects us, deepens our trust in Him, forces us to seek His ways and brings Him the most glory.

Waiting on God is a crucial step in which our dependence upon God grows. Without this deeper awareness of God in our lives, God restrains Himself from giving us more grace. Blessing without humbling brings increased susceptibility to temptation. This is the reason growth comes with tests. Humility keeps us from pride which makes us selfishly ambitious where we would otherwise forget the Lord.

Waiting for the Lord is not easy. Our heart is often crying out in agony. We feel oppressed and constrained. We yearn for freedom and provision. Waiting upon the Lord for needed supplies is one common area in which He trains us. We have to be needy so that we are forced to look to the Lord for help. Our other resources are stripped away.

Waiting upon the Lord are times in which we do not have resources, answers, or direction. Instead we are often confused, poor, broken and limited. Our hope is focused on what happens after that season of humility, where we will experience a period of God’s blessing. If we live by confidence in our own resources and abilities, will we not become self-confident? What glory does that bring to God?! But through this process, God enables us to depend upon Him so that we know it is only He who does wonderful things in our lives.They are times the Lord is testing whether we are really seeking Him and His ways.

Prayer:  Lord, you increase your church daily, adding to the church daily.  You know our heart, you know we have your mind to do your will.  Open doors have come and you will provide and show us the answers as we wait.  Help us to understand everyday the whys and the waiting.  In Jesus Name.  Amen

Abundant life, Encouragement, Leadership, prayer

Please Pray For Me

There is not a week goes by when someone says to me, “Will you pray for me”.  I feel honored to pray for anyone who asks but also believe in a God who knows their every need before they even ask me to pray.  God honors those who seek His face even if it is through His children.  I wonder why there are times we feel the need to ask others to pray for us.  I think sometimes when I ask others to pray for me it is when I am going through a difficult time or have a struggle in which I feel weak in or have little faith.  There is nothing wrong with asking people to pray for you, in fact we also should pray for ourselves. Praying not only helps the people we may be praying for but also it helps ourselves.

Prayer is our expression of love for our fellow-men. God is love.  Christ’s love urges us to compassion for all and to pray for all. We, as parts of the Body of Christ, are inter-dependent and so bear mutual responsibility for one another. While we should look at our own sins, we know that our brethren also stumble, and we please God by our concern for our brethren.

Being a Christian, we must not only pray for others but also for ourselves to stay connected and continue daily the relationship with Jesus.  We must pray without distinction of people.  Do not separate yourselves with the people but go to the people to portray Christ’s love.  Our duty as Christians is summed up in two words and that is worshipping God with godliness and honesty.  We should display good conduct toward all men.  Being honest and godly go hand in hand for if we are not honest we are not godly or a holy people.

The best gift anyone can give to another is to pray for him or her. We live in a sinful world where bad things happen to people and people are tempted to sin. Praying for another person not only helps that person find God in the midst of trouble, but also helps us recognize the blessings that God gives us each day. I always end my prayer, “In Jesus’ name”  which means I want answers that are in accordance with God’s will and character.   Perceiving more and more of God’s character and nature will help us pray the things that are on God’s agenda and agreement with His Word.  When a person asks you to pray for them, it is a sign of a trusting friendship.  Don’t put off prayer at your own time, but pray at that very moment for that person.  Prayer changes lives in both parties, not only the person you are praying for but also in yourself.

Prayer:  Lord forgive me of all those times of slothful prayer.  As I grow closer to your love, I find strength, knowledge, wisdom and your love to speak and conform my world in which I live.  Let me speak honesty, truth and portray holiness.  Let my prayers be done according to your will, your word and your love.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

New Living Translation (©2007)
I Timothy 2:1-5  I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.  Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.This is good and pleases God our Savior,who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity–the man Christ Jesus.

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God Answers Prayers On Time

God answers prayersGod is an on time God, not seconds less or more and He answers prayers in His time according to His will.  Sometimes when I need a little extra cash I work hard to attain my goals knowing I must go out and get what I want. I shouldn’t expect money to fall out of the sky or expect people to hand it over to me when I have got myself into a pickle.  Dealing in business people don’t always pay you when they are suppose to or write you bad checks, then I find myself lingering on till the last minute waiting for collection which in turn delays my progress.  It is business and it comes with the territory.  However, God in His ways always answers my prayers concerning this at the last minute or when I am not even expecting it.  I don’t have to worry, fret, beg or have someone else to help me pray about it because God comes through when I need it, not when I want it.  Patience is sometimes difficult but a true fruit of sitting with God in heavenly places with faith.  The definition of patience is:

1. the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like.
2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.
3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence.

I’ve heard it said that we are the microwave generation. When we want something, we want it now! I believe it is true that people are losing the skill of waiting patiently. It isn’t easy to wait. We can picture in our minds what we want and we want it to become reality as quickly as possible. When we have a problem we think we have to do something about it right away. We don’t want to have to wait. We know that God’s timing is perfect, but we can’t see His timing. We can only see our point of view. Sometimes we think God didn’t hear us. He hears us. He won’t be one minute late with the response. His timing is perfect.  Life’s annoyances and challenges require that we practice patience. But the speed of life often wears our patience thin. Patience is essential because it gives us self-control, helps us be more loving, and achieves what we want. Like a muscle, patience can be strengthened with regular exercise. The right attitude and a little practice capture the power of patience.  God always answers our prayers with our best interest at heart. God stands to gain nothing from us, but we stand to gain everything from Him! 

God answers on His timeSo, next time you fail to get the answer you want or the next time you feel like God is simply being quiet, set your concerns aside and trust Him. With time, you’ll see His protection and divine hand in your situation. 

Prayer:  Lord I completely trust in you for all my prayers to be answered in the way of Your timing.  Help me to realize Your promises on waiting for You and Your will to be done.  In Jesus name. Amen.
“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”Psalm 40:1
Isaiah 40:31 gives us good reason for waiting on God, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” We may feel like we are getting weary in waiting, that we are getting close to fainting while waiting, but the cause is probably because we have taken our eyes off the Lord. We are not holding the promises of His Word in our hearts and minds. Read this verse again. It says they SHALL renew their strength; they SHALL mount up with wings as eagles; they SHALL run, and not be weary; and they SHALL walk, and not faint! Remember, though, it is a promise to those that WAIT upon the Lord!

“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Ps 27:14
“For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” Ps 37:9
“The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” Lam 3:25
“Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.” Mic 7:7