Call To Prayer / Is It The Least We Can Do?

Call To Prayer / Is It The Least We Can Do?

Many times in the past has my body been laid up because of injury. I finally learned that just because I could not move and do normal daily activities, there was one thing I could still do, and that was pray. It may seem like it is not much, especially to someone who has little to nothing that they can do. Think about the parable of the widow and the two mites.

Luke 21:1-4 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

There were those who judged her, but Jesus sees that she has given all she had. Prayer is important, and right now I have been reminded that my body has it’s current limitations, and I am not able to to the simplest chores and even having difficulty feeding myself, but I can pray. I am not to think less of myself because I cannot labor in the physical, but in the spirit I can do all. Praying not just for my own needs, but for others through out the world and all of the needs of the people in this world.

Now for those who can do more than pray, I pray that you do all that you can, but please do not look down on those who have only prayer to give.

Call To Prayer / Who are you listening to?

Call To Prayer / Who are you listening to?

We pray to God, and we make our requests, petitions for provision, protection, healing, and the list goes on. Then we wait to hear His answer. Yet, are we listening to God, when it comes to the answer? Do we hear His answer and because we do not like it, so we go to a friend, a minister, a teacher, etc… looking for the answer we want to hear? Maybe we grow impatient because the answer does not come through in our timing and someone comes with an answer but it is not from God, but it sounds nice so we believe it is.

It feels like my life has been nothing but a battlefield at times. I have heard people tell me all the wrong I must be doing for God to be punishing me, and that my faith must be weak because if it was stronger I would have been healed already, etc… These are just a couple of examples of voices I had listened to in the past. Well meaning people who thought they were helping, but were not. Listening to them I doubted myself and I doubted God, and this kept the embers of anger burning within me. Angry with the world, and angry with myself, and even angry with God. I learned with time that God was not punishing me, and the He forgave me and loves me. He was not the author of my pain and suffering. My faith had not been weak but actually growing stronger with each trial I faced, because I did not walk away but clung to Him with all of my life. I may stumble but I get back up, and what ever I have done in my past is in the past, He does not hold it against me, but it can be used to teach others of His amazing love.

Recently a friend and I prayed over my current situation, and including the request for a new job that would be better than my current one, from which I am on leave because of a workplace injury, which has limited my use of my right arm. The very next morning I received a call, which I thought was to confirm my Dr. appointment, but was for a job interview. I was so happy to get called for an interview, I thought it had been an answer to prayer. The door to that job was immediately shut, which before would have depressed me, but this time I felt peace. I heard Him tell me that He has better in store for me, and that right now I need to just rest and be healed. When I told my friend that I did not get the job she had been so sure the enemy had stolen it from me. God then gave me this to share with her, ‘Not everything that looks like a blessing is a blessing or even from Him. Curses can be disguised as a blessing, just like some blessings do not look like a blessing at first. I could have been discouraged when the door to this job closed, but the peace He gave me let me know that it was for my best. So the answer was no to it, but it was also that He has better, I just need to wait and recover from my recent injury.

We may not always like what He has to say to us. If we are stubborn and dismiss what He is saying we will not have peace. He will always do right by you, and never do anything to harm you, nor will he give you anything that will harm you. We do have to choose to listen to Him if we want to receive what He has for us.

God bless and protect you, in Jesus name, amen.

Call To Prayer / Waging War

Prayer is not just a time to make requests from God. It is also a time to make a stand against the enemy. To say enough is enough, the enemy can’t take anymore from you, your loved ones etc… Stand in the gap when no one else will. Asking God to send us His warring angels to fight for us, and with us. Taking back what has been stolen, fighting for those who are unable to fight for themselves. It is time to wage some war.

Ezekiel 22:29-30 The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy and have exploited the foreign resident without justice. 30I searched for a man among them to repair the wall and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, so that I should not destroy it. But I found no one.

Isaiah 59:16
And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

Ezekiel 13:5
Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.

Jeremiah 29:7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have

Numbers 12:13 Moses cried out to the Lord, saying, “O God, heal her, I pray!”

Luke 22:32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

Numbers 20:15-16 how our fathers went down to Egypt, where we lived many years. The Egyptians mistreated us and our fathers, 16and when we cried out to the LORD, He heard our voice, sent an angel, and brought us out of Egypt. Now look, we are in Kadesh, a city on the edge of your territory.

Acts 12:4-7 When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people. 5So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.

Call To Prayer / Praying for those who are persecuted and imprisoned for their faith

Call To Prayer / Praying for those who are persecuted and imprisoned for their faith

I thank God that I live where I can freely believe and publicly profess my faith in Jesus Christ. There are many believers through out this world who cannot do so without risk of violence, imprisonment, and even death. One ministry that supports these brothers and sisters in Christ is Voice of the Martyrs.

Here is a link to the prisoner alert for those who are imprisoned for their faith;

https://www.prisoneralert.com/vompw_prisoners.html

https://www.persecution.com/

https://www.icommittopray.com/

Take a moment and pray for these men and women are being persecuted and imprisoned for not denying Jesus. Also remember to give thanks that we have the freedom to choose our religion.

Call To Prayer / Go boldly to the throne

Call To Prayer / Go boldly to the throne

One thing that has broken my heart many times is while serving on my church’s prayer team, when it came time for prayer our alter would be empty except for our prayer team. This actually did not start as my own heart break but God’s. While standing at the alter waiting to pray with anyone who wanted to pray with another. We stood there through a couple of songs, and no one came. This grief came over me, and I heard Him say, ‘They don’t realize that you all need prayer, and that I Am waiting for you all to come to me. My alter is empty and yet there are so many in need. They let pride and fear keep them from coming to my throne, afraid to look needy, or weak. Thinking they are fine without My help. Forgetting about there loved ones, neighbors, coworkers, friends, and even their enemies. They are missing out on so much. There is nor request, no need, or anything that is to big or small for Me. Bring me all of your cares and burdens, and i will take care of you.’ I stood there looking out at the congregations and wondered how they could not hear what I was hearing. We closed the service in prayer, and the feeling of the need for prayer never left me. So as I continue writing and sharing other bloggers posts on prayer I hope prayer becomes more contagious than the virus epidemic the world is currently dealing with. So let us pray together for each other until this earth is covered in prayer and every need has been brought to His throne.

Hebrew 4:15-16…(15)For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who was tempted in every way that we are, yet was without sin. (16)Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

God bless, prosper and protect you and your loved ones, in Jesus Name!

P.S. If your church has a time for prayer/alter call, please don’t let anything keep you from making it to that alter and lift up your needs and the needs of the others in your life. He is waiting to see you there.

Call To Prayer / Honesty is needed.

Call To Prayer / Honesty is needed.

We can lie to others and we can lie to ourselves. The only One it is pointless to lie to is God. Honesty should always be the best policy, honesty and prayer is a necessity. If we are not honest during our prayer time we are wasting our breath. God our Father already knows what is in our hearts, and even what we are thinking. So speak truthfully to Him. Jesus is the Truth. The Belt Of Truth is part of His Holy Armor, that we are to put on daily.

1 Chronicles 28:9 “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever.

John 8:31-32 The Truth will Set You Free
31So He said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, you are truly My disciples. 32Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Proverbs 12:22 “Lying lips are an abomination to YAHveh (the LORD), but those who deal faithfully are His delight” .

Proverbs 30:8-9 “Keep deception and lies far from me”

Psalm 34:12-13 NIV “Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies”

So pray with an honest tongue, even if what you have to say is not pleasant or you may feel ashamed, He already knows the truth. Bare it all to Him. He will not reject you or turn away from you. He is love and His love forgives a multitude of sins. Remember when Jesus was asked to teach His disciples to pray, in this prayer He said ‘Forgive us of our sins’. Repentance is definitely being honest. How ever there are so many other things we may be trying to hide. Feeling weak, being angry, and feelings of guilt are a few things we may try to pretend that we are not.

I often have to tell God about my anger. I am grateful that He has taught me not to react in anger. Yet there are many times that the anger can overwhelm me. So this is me being honest about one of my weaknesses. So what do you need to be honest with Him about, that you have been struggling with.

Call To Prayer / Focus

Call To Prayer / Focus

Focus is one of my weaknesses. My mind can wander so easily. I even find this during my Bible study researching. While looking up scriptures for one subject, I read scriptures that lead me to to other subjects. This has made preparations for teachings a struggle at times. Yet because the Word is filled with so much knowledge it is understandable that my thoughts can wander from one subject to the next. Yet I work through it and manage to get my focus back on topic and finish the lesson.

It is in the other areas of my life where my focus wanders that getting back on track. It even happens during my prayer times where staying focused is important. There are many needs to be prayed for from personal to global needs. Scriptures speak of meditating on His Word. Keeping focused on what God has spoken. Not just hearing but listening carefully.

Definition of focus

FOCUS
1a : a center of activity, attraction, or attention the focus of the meeting was drug abuse put immigration into focus as a hot topic for commentators
b : a point of concentration
2 : directed attention : emphasis The focus is on helping the homeless.
3a : direction sense 6c the team lost focus
b : a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding tried to bring the issues into focus
c : adjustment for distinct vision also : the area that may be seen distinctly or resolved into a clear image

Proverbs 4:25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you.

One thing that the prayer boards I have made for myself and others has helped me to stay focused in my prayer time. Yet it is not the only way to focus. Keeping distractions from getting you off track is not always an easy thing to do. Horses wear blinders to keep them from being distracted during a race. Well we are in a race so to speak.

CORINTHIANS 9:23-25 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.…

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.

Meditate : intransitive verb
1 : to engage in contemplation or reflection He meditated long and hard before announcing his decision.
2 : to engage in mental exercise (such as concentration on one’s breathing or repetition of a mantra) for the purpose of reaching a heightened level of spiritual awareness

transitive verb
1 : to focus one’s thoughts on : reflect on or ponder over He was meditating his past achievements.
2 : to plan or project in the mind : intend, purpose He was meditating revenge.

Psalm 119:15-16 I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways. I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word.

Psalm 63:6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches,

Psalm 119:148 My eyes anticipate the night watches, That I may meditate on Your word.

Let us continue in prayer together, and to intercede for others, for loved ones, coworkers, communities, ministries, organizations, nations, and leaders to name a few things we pray for. Keeping focus on His Love, peace and directions, and for His will to be done.

How do you keep focused?

What scriptures help you?

What ministries do you support?

What do you need prayers for?

Please leave your answers in the comments, and let us continue to pray together and for each other.

God bless you and keep you safe.

Call To Prayer / Listen!

There is a LOT of talking going on these days. Everyone has something to say about one thing or another. In 1 Corinthians 13 it is mentioned it does not matter if you speak in the tongue of angels or man, without love you are nothing more than a noisy cymbal. So we are making a lot of noise, complaining, arguing, demanding our voices be heard, etc…

Is our prayer life become a noisy mess? Are we too busy talking, that our prayer time has become more like speeches, than conversations? Yes, please tell God about your needs and make your requests known to Him. Intercede for those in need. Then remember to take the time to listen. As much as He loves hearing our voice, He also has things He wants to tell us.

We may hear something but if we are not listening, we will miss out on exactly what is being said. So pray, and pray without ceasing, but include time to listen in your prayer time.

Acts 13:16 Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen:

Luke 9:3-5 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”

Proverbs 19:20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline,
That you may be wise the rest of your days.

Proverbs 5:7 Now then, my sons, listen to me
And do not depart from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 8:32-34 “Now therefore, O sons, listen to me,
For blessed are they who keep my ways.
“Heed instruction and be wise,
And do not neglect it.
“Blessed is the man who listens to me,
Watching daily at my gates,
Waiting at my doorposts.

Leave any prayer requests you have, and we will pray together for each other and for those in need.

God bless and keep you safe.

Call To Prayer / 2 Corinthians 10-3-5

Corinthians 1:3-5

3For though we live in the flesh, we do not wage war according to the flesh. 4The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.…

Prayer is a conversation with our Creator, our Heavenly Father, and with Jesus. It is also how we fight our battles. We do not fight as the rest of the world fights, we get down on our knees, we go into our closets, and we cry out to Jesus. We bind and loose, we ask God for His Spirit to help us, for His warring angels to fight for us. Ours is not a physical fight, but a spiritual fight. We fight for our loved ones, our family and friends. For our churches, and communities. We fight for our neighbors, and for our nation, and for the people in this world who are lost, persecuted, abused, rejected and hated, and for so many other things. In the world today there are so many only concerned about their rights, they trample on the rights of others, and protest in anger and with violence. This is not how we fight. We pray, we love, we show mercy and kindness. Jesus taught us to love our enemies, and bless those who curse us. Yet I must admit I often fail at doing so. I get angry and I do not show love or patience. I say things I immediately have to repent for because I know my words and thoughts are not pleasing to God. So I hit my knees and cry out to my Heavenly Father, and ask not only for forgiveness, but for His Spirit to fill me with His love so that I can love those who I have judged in anger. To be able to pray for those who do harm to others. See through His eyes and not my own. To pray in the Spirit the things I cannot pray on my own. I pray to be a blessing and not a curse. This is how I am to fight my battles, with love and prayer, not with my fists and anger.

[Verse]
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles

[Chorus]
It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You

[Verse]
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles, mm

[Chorus]
It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You
It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You
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[Bridge]
Rock of Ages, cleft for me
Let me hide, let me hide
Rock of Ages, cleft for me
Let me hide, let me hide
Let me hide myself in Thee

[Verse]
This is how I fight my battles, mm
This is how I fight my battles
This is how I fight my battles, yeah
This is how I fight my battles

God bless and keep you safe.

Please leave any prayer needs in the comments so we can pray together and for each other. If you do not want to go into detail, you can just say pray.

Call To Prayer / A Hymn – In The Garden

I wanted to share this hymn with you today, because it speaks of spending time alone with God. Walking and talking. A special time, and even though this song is not about Jesus in Gethsemane praying, being in a garden reminds me of how Jesus prayed there. I hope you take a minute to enjoy listening to this hymn.

Also I hope you will leave any prayer request, for what ever need you may have, or for any one or church, organization or ministry you support, so we can pray together and for each other.

God bless you and keep you safe, in Jesus name.