Month: February 2016

4 Days of Prayer – February 29th

  

When Jesus asks us what we want Him to do for us in regard to the incredible thing with which we are faced, remember that He does not work in commonsense ways, but in supernatural ways. – Oswald Chambers 

You Don’t Have…Because You Don’t Ask

  • Matthew 6:8
  • Matthew 7:7-10
  • Mark 10:46-52
  • James 1:5
  • James 4:2-3

There are a number of verses in the Bible that speak of the importance of asking. How can we expect to receive something that we haven’t asked for. God knows our needs before we ask, the key to asking is seeking the Lord first so that our asking lines up with His. Why would want to receive something the Lord doesn’t want us to have?

If God knows what we need before we ask, they why ask? Like our own children, we love hearing their precious voices. All that we ask for must never be amiss, in that we would want things that would not be beneficial to us.

Our prayers must be prayed in faith, believing that their isn’t anything that God can’t do.

Dear Lord, we want all that you want for us. Give us a boldness to ask for things and the faith to believe that you have heard that prayer. May we never demand, and trust that if we should ever ask for something that is not of you…please don’t give it to us. Thank you that you always hear our prayers. In Jesus name we pray…amen!

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4 Days of Prayer – February 28th

  

Happiness can only be found if you can free yourself of all other distractions. • Saul Bellow

Sitting at Jesus’ Feet

Old Testament

  • Psalm 46:10

New Testament 

  • Luke 10:38-42
  • John 16:33

Perhaps the most important aspect of an effective and intimate time of prayer with the Lord, is avoiding distractions. And, as we see in the case of Martha, it can even be in doing good things. We can be so busy doing things for Jesus that we miss that which is most important, sitting at Jesus’ feet. 

There are so many things to be worried about, so many things that seek to take us from our time of prayer. We musn’t let them, we must persevere in prayer, at all costs…recognizing that whatever distraction there may be, Jesus has overcome it. 

How nice it would be if we could set up an appointment to just sit at his feet, talk to him and receive what he has to say. This is what prayer is all about…and this is why we have his Word. By the Holy Spirit we can sit at Jesus’ feet anytime we want to.

Dear Jesus, draw us unto yourself and by your power and authority help us to overcome the distractions of this world that seek to rob us of our intimacy with you. Holy Spirit, revive us in all of the things that Jesus taught as we still our hearts before Him…Amen.

4 Days of Prayer – February 27th

  

It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills. • Thomas Aquinas

Old Testament

  • Isaiah 26:3-4
  • Daniel 6:10

New Testament 

  • Matthew 6:31-34
  • Philippians 4:6-7

I want to grow more in the habit of prayer, praying at all times. I want prayer to become customary, automatic for me. I love this about Daniel. I believe that in so doing, we will experience the perfect peace that can only come from the Lord. Prayer is having all of our minds and hearts fixed upon Jesus.

There is nothing to be anxious about when we pray. In praying, the Holy Spirit fills us with a peace that passes all understanding. We must pray first before anything else, for in seeking Him first, all things fall into place. Even the difficult things we face, make sense from an eternal perspective.

We cannot experience the benefits of prayer…if we don’t pray.

Father, thank you for the example of prayer we have throughout the Bible. May such examples serve as a constant reminder to us that we are to be a people who pray. Help us to make it a daily habit, and not just random prayers to say we did, but rather a seeking you with purpose and great confidence that not only do you hear our prayer…but you act on them. In Jesus name we pray…amen. 

4 Days of Prayer – February 26th

 

Rouse yourself up and look to God. Build your hope on Him. No matter if there are a hundred and one things that press, resolutely exclude them all and look to Him. – Oswald Chambers 

Alone with God

  • Matthew 14:22-23
  • Matthew 6:5-14

I absolutely love this picture. I love the simplicity of it…an old man “alone with God.” Nothing attractive about his surroundings, a meager meal of soup and bread. What is he praying for? Only he and God knows…and that is really all that prayer is about.

For some it is hard to find time to be alone. For others, when they are alone, they find themselves busied by so many thoughts that often times those thoughts land on themselves and concern for circumstances of which they have no control. Oh how important it is to get alone with God and to pray. We must never complicate prayer by making it something that it isn’t. It is simply and profoundly communicating with God.

Stop and think about that for a moment. God so loves us and so desires an intimate relationship with us that He has made a way, through Jesus, for us to commune with Him, whenever we want. That is a marvelous truth one we must never take advantage of.

Take some time today…and be alone with God. Let Him minister to your soul speaking things that only He knows you need to hear, things that will bring great encouragement to your day.

Oh Lord, we come to you this day in an attitude of prayer. Teach us how to pray, with hearts that are fully surrendered to you. Guard us from distractions that seek to draw us away from you…so that we might hear what you have to say. Give us a hunger for prayer, a thirst for righteousness. In Jesus name…amen.  

February – Day 25

  

Paul’s realization of how Jesus Christ had dealt with him is the secret of his determination to serve others. “I was before a perjurer, a blasphemer, an injurious person”—no matter how men may treat me, they will never treat me with the spite and hatred with which I treated Jesus Christ. – Oswald Chambers 

New Testament 

  • Matthew 21:12-22
  • Acts 28:17-31

Old Testament

  • Psalms 47
  • Leviticus 26-27

Our motivation in all we do should be a love for Jesus, a gratitude that through faith, though quite undeserving, we received salvation. Anything less than our love for Christ, will always disappoint.

Imagine spending morning til evening, every day…testifying to the kingdom of God, trying to convince people about Jesus. It is hard for me to grasp this kind of zeal and determinations. I want it, I pray for it, and I long for it to be so! I know that the Lord wants this for us as well.

With faith, all things are possible. Faith in ourselves? Absolutely not! Faith in the only One by whom “all things” are possible.

The Bible is clear that there are great blessings for obedience to the Lord, and great problems for disobedience. To obey is always the right choice.

Heavenly Father, we pray that you might keep us in a place of obedience birthed out of a great love for what Jesus has done for us.  Strengthen us this day to walk in obedience to all that God’s word says…knowing that this will always lead to great blessings. Give us a renewed zeal to testify to the kingdom of God, trying to convince people about Jesus. In His glorious name we pray…amen.

February – Day 24

  

The Christian life is not a constant high. I have my moments of deep discouragement. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes, and say, ‘O God, forgive me’, or ‘Help me’. • Billy Graham

New Testament

  • Matthew 21:1-11
  • Acts 28:1-16

Old Testament 

  • Psalms 46
  • Leviticus 24-25

I believe that one of the biggest reasons we have trouble knowing God is because we are never still enough to know him. We are always checking our phones, listening to this, watching that…all amidst a barrage of text messages and emails that never seem to end. And then we wonder, “God…why don’t you speak to me?”

God is our refuge and strength, our very present help in our time of trouble. He wants to speak to us in our distress. If he can move mountains, he certainly can handle our difficulties. The Lord of hosts is with us.

Do you see the contrast in who Paul was and who he became. Why was Paul so grateful, so zealous for the Gospel and sharing the grace of God? He was a Pharisee, he lived according to the law and knew what blasphemers deserved…death. When he didn’t get it, received mercy instead, and then undeserved grace…he served with everything he had.

Paul’s love for God, fueled by a grateful heart, is so apparent as he is gathering wood to help others get warm, while he could have easily have been the one complaining. I love that picture of this faithful servant!

Oh Lord, your love is so great to have given us your son. Help us to be still that we might know who you are. Thank you Jesus for the wonderful servant you are, having victoriously ridden into Jerusalem knowing all along that you were facing death. No greater demonstration of love has there been or ever will be!

February – Day 23

  

Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness. • John Calvin

New Testament 

  • Matthew 20:17-34
  • Acts 27:27-44

Old Testament

  • Psalms 45
  • Leviticus 21-23

When you think about the reason that people’s lives are shipwrecked, you realize it is because they fill themselves with things that will never fully satisfy. When we come to the end of ourselves and give all to the Lord, we in effect are throwing those things overbaoard that were once so important to us. Things we think we need, we cast to the side and trust the Lord. It is then that the turbulent storms begin to take on a great calm.

Like the blind beggars along the road we must cry out, “Lord Jesus…have mercy on us!” He wants to hear what we want him to do for us. Our prayer must always be that it will be aligned to His will. We mustn’t think that we are deserving of any place in the kingdom than what the Lord has said. After all, as adopted sons, isn’t being a co-heir with Christ enough?

The Lord has sanctified us so that we might be clean before him. When there was nothing we could do to cleanse ourselves, Jesus accomplished it on the cross. Why? Because he loves us. In gratitude for such a gift, our response must be worship. We should be consistent in setting aside a Sabbath rest to have such a time of intimacy with the Lord. 


Oh Lord, guard our hearts from anything that would hinder our worship of you. Help us to never allow things back into our lives that we once threw overboard. Thank you for loving us the way you do, and for bringing such a great calm to us…in the midst of a very turbulent world. Breathe into us an eternal perspective…always. In Jesus name…amen.