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Pillbox Prayers

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Do you know someone who could use a week’s worth of encouragement?  I just read about this clever idea in a blog post.  Simply purchase a pillbox or find one you aren’t using.  Then on small strips of paper, write out a prayer for each day of the week.  You might include a Scripture of encouragement.  Roll them up and place in each section.

Ask the Lord who to give it to.  It might be an elderly friend or someone leaving on a short-term mission trip.  The possibilities are endless.  Keep one in your purse or bag to give to a stranger as God leads you.  Be creative!  During that week, pray each day that God uses those little messages to touch and transform the person’s life.  You might not know the full results here on earth, but eternity will reveal the power of 7 little prayers!

Have an old pillbox laying around?  Put it to good use!  Who can you bless today?

Praying For Our Leaders

 

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I ran into this story on Facebook and thought it appropriate to share.  More than any other time, we must prayer for leaders, not criticize or complain! Note the simple prayer Derek Prince was impressed to pray and the answer!  God wants to answer our prayers, too!

During WW II the British army in North Africa was being beaten, badly. The result was a 700 mile retreat from a place in Tripoli to El Alamein, about fifty miles west of Cairo. Here the British forces dug in for one final stand.

In the desert, Derek said: “I had no church or minister to offer me fellowship or counsel. I was obliged to depend upon the Bible and the Holy Spirit. I early came to see that, by New Testament standards, fasting was a normal part of Christian discipline. I set aside every Wednesday for FASTING AND PRAYER.

“During the long and demoralizing retreat God laid on my heart a burden of prayer, both for the British forces in the desert and for the whole situation in the Middle East.

“After a while, it seemed that the Holy Spirit gave me this prayer: ‘Lord, give us leaders such that it will be for Your glory to give us victory through them.’

“I continued praying this prayer EVERY DAY.

“In due course, the British government decided to relieve the commander of their forces in the desert and to replace him with another man. The man whom they chose was a general named W.H.E. Strafer Gott.

“He was flown to Cairo to take over command, but he was killed when his plane was shot down.

“At this critical juncture the British forces in this major theater of the war were left without a commander.

“Winston Churchill, appointed a more-or-less unknown officer, named B. L. Montgomery, who was hastily flown out from Britain.

“Montgomery was the son of an evangelical Anglican bishop. He was a man who very definitely fulfilled God’s two requirements in a leader of men. He was just and God-fearing. He was also a man of tremendous discipline.

“Within two months, he had instilled a totally new sense of discipline into his officers and had thus restored the confidence of the men in their leaders.

“Then the main battle of El Alamein was fought. It was the first major allied victory in the entire war up to that time. The threat was finally thrown back, and the course of the war changed in favor of the Allies.

“Without a doubt, the battle of El Alamein was the turning point of the war in North Africa.

“Two or three days after the battle, I found myself in the desert a few miles behind the advancing Allied forces. A small portable radio beside me was relaying a news description of the scene at Montgomery’s headquarters as he had witnessed it on the eve of the battle.

“He revealed how Montgomery publicly called his officers and men to PRAYER, saying, ‘Let us ask the Lord, mighty in battle, to give us the victory.’ As these words came through that portable radio, God spoke very clearly to my spirit, ‘THAT IS THE ANSWER TO YOUR PRAYER.’

“I believe that the prayer which God gave me could well be applied to other situations, both military and political:
‘Lord, give us leaders such that it will be for Your glory to give us victory through them.'”

Would you join me in this prayer today!

Jun 22, 2015 - 151-200, Everyday Prayers    No Comments

P.R.A.Y.

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Here’s another simple acronym to focus your prayers!

PPraise God!  Lift up his name – Exalt Him with song or words!  Read a Psalm of praise such as Psalm 69:30 or Psalm 100

RRepent!  This simply means to change your mind and agree with God.  Ask Him to show you any place in your life that you are not agreeing with Him or where you’ve missed the mark.

AAsk God to help you and others – Matthew 7:7 – “Ask and it will be given…”

YYield – Take a quiet moment and submit to God – your plans, agenda, thoughts, ideas and dreams.  Let Him speak His love, peace, and joy into your life.

Take a moment right now and P.R.A.Y.!

Prayers for Fatherlessness

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The statistics are staggering!  36.1 million youth come from a fatherless home.  These same homes account for:

63% of teen suicides

71% of school drop outs and teenage pregnancies

90% of homelessness and runaway youth – which often leads to sex trafficking

Fatherlessness lies at the root of most of the challenges, crime, poverty and other issues faced in our nation.  Just dealing with symptoms won’t solve the core problem.  We need to pray!

Here’s some prayers to consider praying:

  1. Humble ourselves and pray – 2 Chronicles 7:14
  2. Pray for men to connect with their Heavenly Father – “Our Father who art in Heaven…” Matt 6:9
  3. Pray for men to receive the “adoption of sons” – Galatians 4:5
  4. Pray for a turning of the hearts of fathers to the children and children to their fathers – Malachi 4:6
  5. Pray for restoration of the family unit – Joshua 24:15
  6. Pray for role models, mentors and father-figures to step up to influence and inspire fatherless youth – 1 Timothy 1:2
  7. Pray for breakthrough in racial, economic, and social barriers – Ephesians 2:14

If you are in the Sacramento region, consider joining us for a night of testimonies, powerful messages and prayer on this topic: Waking up to Fatherlessness.  Click here to register.

Jun 9, 2015 - 151-200    1 Comment

PrayUSA

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Tired of hearing about the latest government scandal?  How about some good news!  A small group of government leaders have been meeting for prayer since 2005.  It has grown and on March 7, 2015, they gathered members of congress and state legislators for the purpose of calling our nation back to prayer.

They agreed that it wasn’t enough to call for a single day of prayer or an event, but to call on leaders and citizens alike to pray “without ceasing” for our country.  Would you participate?  Go to www.prayusa.com, watch the video, read the proclamation and sign your name!

But most importantly!  Pray!

Too often we get discouraged and think, “What’s the use?  How does my prayer do anything?”  Don’t listen to the enemy!  God’s Word is true that as we humble ourselves and pray, He promised to move on our behalf.

Let’s join together in prayer!

Lord Jesus, we humble ourselves before you and cry out for mercy!  We and our leaders have sinned, have strayed away from You.  Have mercy on us and our country!  Heal our land!  Amen!

Prayer of Agreement

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I love how simple Jesus puts things in Scripture! Matthew 18:19 reads “Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in Heaven.”

What an extravagant promise!  Do you believe it?  Sometimes we put conditions on it to explain why we don’t see the movement we desire.  But Jesus didn’t.

Interestingly, the word “agree” in Greek means to agree together in a bargain.  It also has the connotation of two musical instruments that are sounding in harmony.  I love that!  Jesus delights in the symphony of our prayers coming to Him in unity!

How little we understand the power of being “one” in agreement!  Genesis 11:6 “The Lord said, ‘Indeed the people are one and they all have one language….now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.”  This verse has always amazed me!  Nothing impossible to them because they were in agreement!  If only the church was truly united, what could happen?

Too often, unbelief in the simple Word of God clouds our ability to “sound” in harmony.  We might say the words, but our hearts doubt if it could really happen, giving off a sour, discordant note.

Let’s believe God.  What’s the desire of your heart?  Find someone to agree with you in faith.  Nothing is impossible with God.  Let the beautiful sound of your agreement arise to Heaven today!

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