Sunday Mornings (Guess Blogger)

I would like to welcome back Crystal Russell back as our guest blogger today.

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Sunday Mornings
On Sunday mornings we have a special time of prayer before everything gets started at church.

A group of women gather together to pray.

We pray over the Word that the pastors will bring, the Sunday school teachers, and everyone who will be attending that day.

“for where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” – Matthew 18:20

Promise from Jesus
I often think of this verse when I think of our prayer time.

We can (and should) prayer on our own but I also think that is important to gather together for prayer as well.

We have this promise from Jesus.

Why would we not gather together. He tell us He will be with us in a special way when we do.

The prayers of the early church opened the doors of a prison for Peter (Acts 12:5-10).

It makes in difference in our lives today too.

One of the blessing of learning to pray with another is the rich friendships I have gained. My most trusted friendships are with friends that pray with me.

A Challenge
I challenge you to spend time in prayer
alone, with a friend, with a group.

Prayer is our most powerful weapon.

We need to use it.

My Prayer
Father, thank you for the privilege I have in prayer to come into Your Holy presence. I stand in awe of you as my God and Creator. If that weren’t enough, and it is, when I come before you I get to call you Father. You call me your beloved daughter. You hear every world I pray and when I have no words you know the cry of my heart. Thank you Jesus for your promise you gave us that where two or three are gathered you are with us. Prayer is powerful, may we (your church) be faithful to come before you and use it.
-Amen

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Giving Thanks

1 Chronicles 16.pngLet the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!” Let the sea resound and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love endures forever. Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior, gather is and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.” Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said, “Amen” and “Praise the Lord.”                                                       1 Chronicles 16:31-36

Every time you and I take the time to thank the Lord, we acknowledge that he is our Lord and Provider. And every time you receive with thanksgiving, we demonstrate our kinship with God.  Yet even thro we are his children and we know we are suppose to give thanks in all circumstances, sometimes our words ring hollow. We can say them without feeling the least bit thankful. It’s especially hard for either you or me to be grateful in the midst of a difficult time in our lives, when everything seems to be going wrong. God knows what goes on in our hearts far better than we do. He knows when we feel thankful, and when we don’t. However, God can also see in the depths of our heart, a desire to please him by offering thanks even when we truly don’t feel like it. When we struggle to be grateful, we need to stop and remember who he is God, our Creator, and the “Great I Am”, and he is the author of our lives and of our faith. We are utterly dependent on him for everything, including our next breath. Every good gift comes from above. When we thank God during a difficult day or a period in our lives, we are assuming the proper stance for a child of God. If we persevere in this thankfulness, resisting the temptation to grumble, we can find joy and peace in the midst of our struggles.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Talking With The King!

Ephesians 6Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or more gather in my name, there am I with them.                                                     Matthew 18:19-20

In the same way, the Spirit helps is in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.                         Romans 8:26-27

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.                Philippians 4:6

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.                           Mark 1:35

Thru out the Scriptures we see how important prayer truly is, and yet we as humans seem to lack in, as we continue to journey with the Lord. The great prophets also knew how important it is to prayer, first off to thank God for every kind of blessings he has given to you, and of course your concerns. Yes it is true that God knows everything about of including any concerns that is weighing heavy on our hearts, however what God wants is you and me to have a relationship with us and one way is thru our prayer life everyday. For myself anytime that something or someone is laying heavy on my heart I reach out to my prayer warriors and ask others to pray for the situation. The book of Psalm is filled with many prayers in which some was written by King David himself, and believe me whatever the problem or even joy you may have in your heart the words in the book of Psalm will and can ring true to your own journey.

Just marvel at the wonder of it all being able to have a relationship with the “King of Kings”, the “Great I Am” “Jesus Christ. Do not take this awesome prayer-privilege for granted! Don’t let foolish arrogance step in either, making you act as if you are doing Jesus a favor by spending time talking with him. The best thing is to remember such foolishness is recognizing it and repenting it. Prayer is a two way conversation it is not us doing all of the talking, you need to take the time to “Be Still and Know He is God” (Psalm 46:10) it is true that time of silent we can come to know and understand what God is calling us to do with our own lives and for him. Jesus is our shepherd, tenderly leading you and me step by step through out own lives, which is so wonderful for us to remember. Jesus wants you and me to know how precious we truly are to him, he wants to hear it all, no hiding from anything because believe me he already knows all about each and everyone of us. And when those times come during your prayer time just focus your eyes upon the King and Kings, just spending time with him will bring you the peace your heart longs for.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

 

A Morning Devotion

Prayer 1.png I enjoy my time totally alone with God thru reading his word and thru prayer, sharing my day with our Lord as well as my hopes and dreams, But, more important I learn to “Be still and Know I am God (Psalm 46:10) to understand God desires for my own life. I have learn over many years that God truly has a better plan for me than I could ever dream possible. As I have read many times from the book of Matthew 6:5-13 as the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray this is what he said.

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seem by others, Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret , will reward you. And when you pray do not keep babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This , then, is how you pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. This reading is thru the New International Version, each Bible can be a little different.  Also when we do have fellowship with others and we know of a need or hurt it is good to come together and pray. For when we do come together we are never alone Jesus is right with us, where two or more are gather he is always there. Prayer is a powerful tool for us as Christians, it draws us closer to our Heavenly Father.

 

Grace and Peace to you my friends