Call to Prayer / A prayer of David – A Morning Prayer

Call to Prayer / A prayer of David – A Morning Prayer

Psalm 5

5 Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.

Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.

My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.

The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.

11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

12 For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

An excellent prayer model for us to learn from. Praying at the beginning of the day, acknowledging God for who He is. Taking direction from Him, rejoicing in Him.

Call To Prayer / Praying when Others Don’t Understand You

Call To Prayer / Praying when Others Don’t Understand You

1 Samuel 1:10-16, ESV

She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”

As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth.Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.”But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” – 1 Samuel 1:10-16, ESV

Here you see that Hannah is thought to be drunk because when Eli saw her, he only saw her lips moving but could not hear her. How often are we judged when we pray not as another? Has this kept you from coming to His alter and laying down your request, afraid of how others would perceive your action? While serving on our church’s prayer team, we would stand at the end of the service to pray with anyone who wanted prayer, but there were many services when no one approached us. On service God spoke to me and said, ‘Why is My alter empty with so many needs within this body? Pride and fear keep them away. There are so many suffering and who will be willing to come together and lift them in prayer. My House is to be called a House of Prayer, yet there are so many here and in other places where my alter is empty. Cry out and tell them to come, and left nothing keep you from coming to Me.’

Since this day, I have repeated this message and too often I feel like it has fallen on deaf ears. How ever your pray, and what ever you need to pray for, let nothing keep you from joining together in prayer. Pray in agreement and according to His will and see the mountains be moved, see healings through this land, see people freed from abuse and addictions. See all the Lord has for you and me.

Read Isaiah 56:7

Leave any prayer requests you have in the comments and let us pray together, and for each other, in Jesus name. God bless and keep you safe from all harm.

Call To Prayer / James 5:15-16

Call To Prayer / James 5:15-16

Praying together and for each other.

James 5:15-16

15And the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. The Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail.

Praying for each other to bring healing across not just our nation but around the world. For all who are ill, suffer from disease or cancer, or any other sickness, including mental and emotional health.

Isaiah 53:4-5

4Surely He took on our infirmities and carried our sorrows; yet we considered Him stricken by God, struck down and afflicted. 5But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

Leave any prayer requests in the comments, so we may pray for each other and in agreement.

Call to Prayer / Matthew 18:19

Call to Prayer / Matthew 18:19

Matthew 18:19 NKJV

“Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

The urgency of prayer is strong, and since my post ‘Call to Prayer / Prayerboards’ it has only gotten stronger. I have found so many wonderful posts by many of you on prayer that I have shared them and reblogged them. They have been so encouraging to read, Knowing that there are others whose hearts desire is to serve God through prayer.

Praying for one another and for the needs through out this world together in agreement, uniting us in our Savior Jesus’s love. Interceding, and standing in the gap for those in need. Praising His glorious Name. I am thankful for all of you who I pray with and for. God bless and keep you safe always.

Please leave any ministry, church, organization, city, state, country, or personal prayer requests in the comments section, so we can continue to pray together, for each other.

Call To Prayer / 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Call To Prayer /  1 Timothy 2:1-2

1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV)

1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.

Let us pray for ALL men, this includes women and children. Praying for every person. Peaceful life, lives free from strife and hatred, healed from all illness and disease, filled with love, and joy.

Here is a scripture to think about during our prayer time.

Philippians 4:8-9  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Let us pray together for God’s will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Leave any prayer requests in the comments so we can all pray together and for each other.

Thank you and god bless and keep you safe.

Call To Prayer / Prayer Board

Call To Prayer / Prayer Board

In my previous post I talked about an assignment god had given to me a while back, which was to unify His body in prayer. For a number of years I have kept fliers, bulletins, business cards, pictures etc… of different churches, ministries, organizations, people, etc… to pray for. I had them placed in various places through out my home, so that when I looked at them, I would say a prayer for them. One day as I had walked through my home, I got an idea to gather them all together and I made this first prayer board. I then began making them for others so we could pray together for the same people, places, etc…, even though we did not live close together. We could pray in agreement and share the requests of prayer with each other. As I began sharing these boards, I began receiving requests for them. Then one day I heard God tell me that He wanted me to arrange a meeting with all the churches in the area to pray together, for each other and for this nation, and for all in need through out the world.

Matthew 18:18-20 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 19Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. 20For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.”…

Coming together whether near a far in agreement in prayer, to pray for our loved ones, ministries, leaders through out our nation and the world. Interceding for those in need, for those who can’t fight for themselves.

I had came close to holding a prayer meeting in our city park, and had interest of local churches willing to participate. Yet one thing after another happened to keep this from happening and after months of trying, I gave up. While writing my last post, I was redirected back to this assignment. This blog site and other social media is a way to still gather people together to pray for the variety of needs in our personal lives, ministries we are involved with or support, our homes, neighborhoods, our nation and its’ leaders, and those through out this world.

So I am asking you, my fellow bloggers to join me in this task. Share prayer requests, for your loved ones, ministries, organizations, etc… and let us pray together for each other and for the needs through out this world.

If you are in, please leave a comment, and share anything you would like to include in our prayers. Let us together cover the globe in unified prayer, like a quilt made of prayers. I hope to hear from you soon.

God bless you, and protect you.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

May 9, 2020 The Seeds We Sow

May 9, 2020 The Seeds We Sow

IMG_20200502_154937IMG_20200509_124354This grapefruit tree, which is still a sapling, was grown from a seed from a grapefruit given to me a few years back. It had come from a tree that was growing in a friends yard back in Florida. I kept a few of the seeds after I had eaten the fruit and thought I would see if the seed would grow. To my surprise a few weeks after I had planted it in a pot did I see a sprout. To my amazement it continued to grow over the past few years. This spring I thought it was time for it to be planted in the ground. Living in an apartment I had not planned on planting it in my little yard, but when I had seen that the bush outside my door had died over the winter I thought it was good as time as ever.

I have grown many plants from cuttings and had even been able to grow an avocado tree from a seed but this is my first attempt of growing any kind of citrus.

IMG_20200509_124129This is an orange tree that was also grown from a seed that I planted.

Avocado trees.

I love watching things grow. It lets me know there is still life no matter how dark things may be at times. They also let me see growth. For one to truly live we need to grow, not just physically but spiritually. Jesus gave us the parable of the sower and the seed.(Matthew 13:1-23/Luke 8:1-15) I have grown plants and trees from either cuttings or seeds, they have both needed to be planted in order to grow. They have also needed to be cared for, if I wanted them to grow.

There are things in our lives that grow that are not plant life. I gave birth to a beautiful daughter, who then had her own child. What God had blessed me with has been fruitful and had given birth to a child who will grow up and some day give her a grandchild. Now there are other things we grow, relationships are one of those things. How we grow in these relationships depends on the care and nurturing we give to them. We do this not only by the words we speak but by are actions as well.

We are not judged by our words alone but how we live. If we live in love we grow in love. Others see how we live, if only for a brief moment a stranger can be effected by how we act and speak. These are the seeds we plant without thinking about. Yet these seeds are just as important as the close relationships we have with family and friends. Simple acts of kindness can impact people in ways we may not see or realize. These are seeds we may not nurture or see the fruits of but they can grow and the next person may be the one to nurture and cultivate what we have planted.(1 Corinthians 3:6 Contemporary English Version / I planted the seeds, Apollos watered them, but God made them sprout and grow.)

I look forward to seeing this tree grow, and possibly produce some fruit. This will take time and over that time I look to learn even more and do some growing myself.

May 3, 2020 The Dead Sea

Today I have been thinking about the Dead Sea. Many tourists travel to it because of the high mineral content and the buoyancy caused by the salt volume. This is supposed to have healing qualities, but it is the name that is stuck in my mind today. Water flows in but it goes no where and this is to be the reason why for the high salt and mineral content. This sea is called dead because it cannot support life. Water continues to flow in but then it under the sun it evaporates. I wonder how many of us are like the Dead Sea? His spirit and blessings are flowing into us, but what are we doing with what He is giving to us? Works do not produce faith but faith should produce works.

James 2:26
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.(Read James 2:14-24)

Think about the parable of ‘the servants and the talents. Matthew 25:14-30. In this parable three servants are each given talents. The amounts varied, but it was what each servant did with what was given to them. The first two increased their talents, but the third one buried his talent and it produced him nothing. It is with this servant that the master was not pleased. This servant lost his talent and it was given to the first servant. This parable too, reminds of the Dead Sea. I want to be like the first two servants and do something with what God has entrusted to me.

Even though I have faced many trials and abuse in my life, I know He has been with me through it all. He kept me going when I there was nothing I could do. When I felt hopeless He gave me hope. He did not create me for the pain I have lived through but that pain inspires me to help others who are in pain. I don’t want to wallow in my self pity, but share that even when everything in the world is coming against you, He never leaves you and His love is limitless. For all that He has done for me I want to do whatever I can to be there for others. I want to be a vessel that He uses, not one that sits on a shelf collecting dust, and I don’t want to be a dead sea. Receiving but doing nothing with what He has given to me. I want to be more than a hearer of the Word, but a doer as well.

What about you? Are you using what has been given to you to further His Kingdom, or are you sitting their collecting dust?

 

 

April 18, 2020

Many these days are anxious because of the pandemic of Covid19, that is world wide. It is effecting people of all nationalities and classes. Social media has become the main way people are keeping connected. Unless you have a job that is deemed necessary, you are basically grounded. When the stay at home orders were first being issued, one of my first thoughts were about the parallel of Passover and the Exodus. One of the things Moses had told the people to do before Pharaoh would finally release the Hebrews, was that they were to put blood on their doorposts and were to remain inside. The reason for this was to keep their first born alive. For the plague of death of every first born was coming. yet those under the blood would be safe.

Exodus 12:22-23 22 Take a cluster of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin, and brush the top and the two side posts of the doorframe with some of the blood. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning. 23 When the LORD passes through to strike down the Egyptians, He will see the blood on the top and the two sideposts and pass over the door; so He will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down.

We are all going through a terrible time right now and the treat to life is real, so I understand why so many are afraid. This virus does not care if you are a first born, what your religion is,what color your skin is, or if you are wealthy or poor. Any one of us could get sick from this virus. If we take the necessary precautions we should be okay. Looking at the story of Exodus I do see the reason to have hope. If you are stuck staying home you could very well have cabin fever by now, and are itching to get out. If you have a full house you may want to get away just to find some peace and quiet, if you live alone the desire for company can make you want to leave the safety of your home. As much as I do not like feeling like I have been grounded, I do see the importance of staying home unless I have an important reason to go somewhere.

We need to remember these is temporary and that we will get through this. There is hope. I turn to the Word for this hope and it never lies.

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Art by Julie Sheppard

Light at the end of the tunnel is not a train but the Light of Jesus Christ!

April 14, 2020

John 16:32-33 “Look, an hour is coming and has already come when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and you will leave Me all alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. (33) I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take courage; I have overcome the world!”

With all this social distancing we are supposed to be practicing, there are many who are feeling isolated and alone. I work as a home care attendant taking care of those who are home-bound to begin with. Now they are limited to only myself and nurses who come to take care of them. My own contact with people outside of those who I care for has been restricted because I cannot risk exposure with my clients already compromised health.  It almost feel like we have been grounded. Isolation can make one feel cut off from the world, even with modern technology, and all the social media, it is not the same as fellowship. Gathering together, and sharing each others company. Man was not made to be alone, we need each other. Yet while there are many who are alone in their homes, there is One who is with each and everyone of us. He never leaves us or forsakes us. He is always with us. I hope this brings comfort to at least one person who is feeling lonely because of this isolation many have to practice.Even In The Dark3 Art by Julie Sheppard