Week of July 28, 2019
Scripture: Luke 11:1
"One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”
The Elements of Prayer
Prayer is a conversation with God individually and corporately. Prayer should not be memorized or repetitions. You can posture yourself by sitting, standing, kneeling, lifting of the hands or walking. God can hear you in any position.
We have come up with a few guidelines to inspire you to pray without ceasing.
Jesus' disciples asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). Never feel like you can't ask God for help. When His disciples asked they received a reply " Matthew 6:9-13. They were taught the Lord's Prayer.
Always start off by addressing God by name: God, Heavenly Father, my Father in Heaven, etc. One time I was in the park with my sons. They were playing with our neighbors children. They seemed to be having a good time. So, I decided to walk over to the bench to rest. A few minutes later I heard a voice that sounded like my youngest son. I looked to see what direction it came from. I guess I was taking too long to respond. He called my name "Kim." I immediately knew it was him and there was something wrong. God knows who we are. He wants to know if you know Him.
Secondly, count your blessings. There is something going on in your personal, professional walk with God. Thank God for what He has done not only for you but those who you love. Tell Him how much you appreciate Him for being GOD. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,” the Bible reminds us in James 1:17.
Thirdly, share your feelings with God. I mean all of them. Don't leave His presence the same way you entered in. Yes, the “Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask” Matthew 6:8. But He wants to hear it from you. You must “ask, and it shall be given you” Matthew 7:7.
Finally, close with in Jesus Christ name, Amen. This is a reminder that you know how to come to God, John 14:6.
Let Us Pray:
Heavenly Father we recognize you as our Lord and Savior. The Almighty One who is Everlasting. Lord, we thank you for bringing us through another month. You not only keep us but also our loved ones. You answered our prayers and we are thankful.
Lord, we bring our emotions to You as we know how. Take control over them now that we may not sin against thee. You said we ought to rejoice in You. Help us to rejoice in all seasons. Help us to find peace when there are things that have yet to settle within us. Help us to trust and not fear the unknowing Father. We ask you these things in Jesus Christ name, Amen
Week of July 21, 2019
Scripture: 1 Peter 4:11
"If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever". Amen.
Use Me to Glorify You."
God gives gifts to His people to bless others. A Pastor once told me, " if we want to glorify God we must steward our gifts, speak God’s words, and serve with God’s strength". In essence it's never about you, but GOD!
One of the Lord’s greatest desires is to use us to glorify Him. Sometimes it can be hard to know what to do or where He is directing us. Simply ask Him and He will answer. It could be something as big as starting a non-profit for a specific cause or something small, but just as powerful, like buying a homeless person a meal. It could also be using the unique talents He has given you to reach other people for Him.
Let Us Pray:
Heavenly Father as you are the Captain, the Head, and Supreme All Knowing help us to trust You as we go about our days. Help us to delight in the attributes of You so that we will bring glory to Your name, in Jesus name Amen
Week of July 14, 2019
Scripture: 2 Timothy 4:17-18 ESV
But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion's mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen
Topic: You Can't Rely on Your Superhero
What is there left to hope in when the unthinkable has happened? How do you hope when the good guys don’t win? How do you keep fighting when the outcome you fear the most also seems like the most likely outcome? Is it even possible to hold onto hope when the worst happens like terminal illness, loss of a loved one or a separation of a family?
There are two different perspectives on "HOPE." The first, called “conditional hope,” only expects our preferred outcome. And, as you can guess, this can sometimes backfire on us, especially in the case of illness. The reality is that sometimes people don’t beat cancer and sometimes we lose those closest to us. This kind of hope is essentially optimism. The second type of hope, on the other hand, is grounded in an individual’s relationship with Christ in a way that transcends any physical or earthly experience.
Life is composed of happy and sad times, good and bad times, peaceful and stressful times, but the one thing that remains consistent through these changes is God and his love for us.
Hoping in his love and his promises can sustain us in those dark and tough times.
In his book, The Catholic Guide to Depression, psychiatrist Aaron Kheriaty talks about the importance of the virtue of hope when it comes to treating depression. He even goes so far as to describe hope as “the ultimate foil against depression” because of its “life-changing” power. When we hope for a better future, he says, we have a reason to live and that can help provide an antidote to depression. And, as Christians, we have a unique perspective on the future. We believe and hope in the promise of the resurrection: eternal life.
Let Us Pray:
Heavenly father, I am your humble servant,
I come before you today in need of hope.
There are times when I feel helpless,
There are times when I feel weak.
I pray for hope.
I need hope for a better future.
I need hope for a better life.
I need hope for love and kindness. In your name, Amen
Week of July 7, 2019
Scripture: Job 13:24
Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?”
Let Us Pray:
Lord, there's done like You. No one has touched our hearts the way You do. Lord we have searched and discovered... There's no one that can touch and loved us the way You do. We come humbly with thanksgiving in our hearts and on our lips today. Thank You for creating the foundation of the earth. For considering mankind to be worthy to till the land, representing You as we spread your word aboard. We ask for forgiveness for we know we have sin. Wash away our transgressions and iniquities so we can be free today. We want to bless You, O Sovereign God, Jehovah Yireh who provides all of our needs. Jehovah Rapha who heals us completely from all things. Receive our worship as we continue to come together to lift You up. One voice, one sound, one family and one love.
We don’t always know why God doesn’t answer our prayers the way we think He should and to be honest, it’s not always easy for us to accept this. I think of Job’s cry when he mistakenly thought God didn’t hear his prayers: “Why do you hide your face and consider me your enemy?” (Job 13:24).
But God loves us, and He knows what is best for us, even if it’s painful at the time. We see only part of the picture, but He sees the whole situation, and His wisdom is far greater than ours. He also knows our feelings, and yet He doesn’t reject us when we get upset at Him.
Instead, He wants us to turn to Him and discover the depths of His love. A love so great He allowed His Son to die for our sins.
Yes, you prayed for healing to come to your loved one, But God had another plan. Your loved one is no longer suffering. The bible assures us in 2 Corinthians 42: 5 " For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
When we know Christ, God has promised that someday we will be given new bodies — bodies like that of Christ after His resurrection. Take time today to thank God that your loved one is now free from all their earthly ills.