Intentional Focus in 2020 Requires Prayer and Planning

Late last year during November and December the Lord started speaking to my heart to stop “scatter praying”.  I had to stop and meditate on what that even meant.  It dawned on me how many times we use responsive prayer.  By that I mean we pray in response to a need brought to our attention.  I am not saying we don’t pray for others on a regular basis, just that most of our prayer not premeditated and intentional.

I asked Him to bloom that out to me in a greater measure.  In doing so I realized there were several things and people that keep coming to my heart time-after-time.  I got a notebook and started making pages for each person, event or subject that concerned my heart.  Under that page, I will over the coming year write down what is on my heart about each thing, then find Scripture verses to meet the need.  With that done, now I can focus as often as I need to on those things written down. They are before my eyes as often as I want them to be.  It is working so far.  I started out with a fairly long prayer, then add to them as often as those people or events come to mind.  By focusing deliberately it has helped me release the concern to His heart and declare the Word of God over each situation.

I pray you think about doing something similar.  We can see the hand of God move when we all agree with the Word of God over our situations.  God bless you richly in your prayer life this year.

Be the watchman on the Wall

When you are alert and watching in the Spirit of God, you will see things others may miss.  Some things you are responsible to pray for and wait to cry out the warning.  Others you are responsible to speak to those you have influence with.  It is a serious time in the world today.  There are many enemies seeking to destroy many.  As God’s watchmen we can shout the warning to prevent the destruction of others.

We are also required to shout the Coming of the Lord.  We are the Heralds placed in the Lord’s House to proclaim the Word of God to all those who will listen.  We need to share our own testimonies, pray for others and give them the same hope we received to bring us through.

We encourage you today to reach out to hurting people with the Hope of the Gospel of Jesus.  Bless you today as you follow Jesus.

Prayer brings Christian growth and development

Thesis #19: “The New Apostolic Epoch”  By: P. Douglas Small

 

Last week:  “Love affirms, but God’s holiness challenges us.  Prayer centers us in God’s love, but, then His Presence exposes us to His holiness – and moves us by grace and consecration, into deeper levels of His likeness”… 

This week:

…Prayer, then, is the basic context for Christian growth and development, not preaching, not left-brain discipleship programs.

The assumption here is that there is more growth in discipleship through prayer than any other personal effort.  I agree with the assumption!  I have personally grown more in my faith and my relationship with God from taking my Bible, opening it and reading it, and praying my way through what I read, to understanding and practice.    What happens in a church worship service is of little consequence if it does nothing to command the way we live our lives outside of that worship experience.  Prayer is more about personal change than any other practice in the Christian faith.  When you pray, it is just you and God.  One on one!  There should be no distractions, no hindrances to hearing Him as you commune with Him and He with you in your session of prayer. With the Word of God before you, the Holy Spirit within you as your guide,  through your prayers, and your own personal hunger for righteousness, for holiness…you will grow in your relationship with God!

Let’s pray:  “O God, You are my God!  I want to be your disciple, so I read Your Word and pray for understanding to apply what I read.  I ask, Holy Spirit, that You would put a deep, abiding hunger in our hearts now, for more of the Scripture and for more of close encounters with the Father!

Lord, we have found this world to be a confusing, messed up place and we don’t want to be it’s next victim!  So, with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, we turn to You, asking that you be our daily guide through the Bible so that each day we live is used to honor and glorify You before others.  We will do our best to honor the appointment with You in prayer, each day, keeping it above all others.

We love You Lord, and desire Your Presence within, to heal us and prepare us for Your use in this world and for our future with You in heaven!  AMEN!

Making Christ the Center of My Life

Making Christ the center of my life

The following is a personal prayer to assist in moving Christ to the center of our lives.  Prayer is not a magic wand to wave and experience the intervention of a divine benefactor in the troubles of our own making.  Prayer is a real opportunity to get to know God, experience His faithfulness and become better acquainted with His ways.

God is not our bail bondsman to call when we find ourselves imprisioned because we made some bad choices.  Does He care?  Of course He cares!  The Bible says that God is love.  (See 1 John 4:12-16)  He gave us His Son to prove His love, but most of all, He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ, to free us from our sin that so often leads us into captivity, bondage.  Pray this prayer and make Jesus the Lord of your life and the very center of your being!

Prayer:  “Lord, help me to love You with all of my heart, all of my soul, all of my mind and with all of my strength.  Teach me what it means to be about Your business!  Not my own!  In whatever happens today, I surrender my life, my time to you.  All I ask is that you come and lead me on in my worship and service to Your Kingdom. When day is done and I move on from it, I pray that my strongest memory will be of you, the nearness of your love, the power of your Presence!

Jesus, You are the One who died and gave me a reason to live and a way to live.  You are the One who broke the chains of death and the power of the grave when You came forth victorious over death, hell and the grave!   I praise you for the powerful hope resident in me because of Your resurrection.  You are not dead anymore, so help me to be “alive” with great passion, proclaiming Your great love to the people I meet on my journey of life.

As I move through the day, help me to keep this thought present in my mind:  “the day is not about me, it is about You!”  Let my choices bear this out! This is my opportunity to stand up for you, to open my mouth and speak to others about Your great love as well as Your grace, mercy and kindness.

I know that You know my needs before I ask!  But, I ask because I am Your child!  You have given me hope through faith, and dreams as a promise of my future.  I believe You!  And I know that Your hand is with me, for me, and upon me for your glory and for my good.

May Your will be done in my life today!  I offer my prayer to you Holy Father in the Name of Jesus Christ, Your Son, and my Lord and Savior.  Amen!!!

The Battle Is the Lord’s, but we are in the skirmishes.

The battles we fight are spiritual not physical though it seems like they are sometimes.  If we can put our trust in His Word, in the power of the Blood of Jesus and allow the Lord to do the behind-the-scenes part, the battle is shortened.  Our part is to declare what the Word of God says about the situation.  His part is to perform His Word.

A lot of us have been fighting a battle with sickness.  Some of us are struggling and fighting in our minds and flesh.  We are allowing worry and fear to attack our minds.  Our battle is in the mind.  The Word says in 2 Corintians 10:3-5;   “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”

Sometimes we literally have to say to ourselves, “Stop thinking those thoughts.  They are not of God.”  Pulling down those thoughts that are contrary to what God says about the situation.  Choosing instead to lift up His Word and cling strongly to it.

Psalms 107:20 “ He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.”

3 John 2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”

Our prayer for you today is to allow the Word of God to fight the battle for you. Resist fear, worry and sickness in the Name of Jesus and allow Him to bring you sweet release in the Spirit of God.