Jul 21, 2015 - 151-200, Everyday Prayers    2 Comments

Refrigerator Prayers

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What’s on your fridge? Some outdated coupons?  Kid’s (or grandkids) latest artwork?  A reminder about an upcoming event?  How about making it a prayer space?

Using plain paper (or something pretty), post a list of prayer requests for you and/or your family.  Leave a space to check off when the prayer is answered.  Every time you go to open or close the refrigerator, say a quick prayer and thank God for the answers!  This is a simple way to keep prayer in the forefront for you and your family.  Celebrate together God’s goodness when a prayer is answered!

It’s also a witness to unsaved family or friends who visit and might be a great conversation starter to share answers to prayer!

Jul 14, 2015 - 151-200    No Comments

Prayers that Heal the Brain

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Thoughts are real and powerful for good or not so good.  They take up space in our brain and affect the choices we make on a daily basis.  These thought patterns actually look like trees in our brain.  Each time we think along those lines, the branches are strengthened and impact how we respond to the world around us.  If we have negative thoughts, they develop toxicity in our brain, affecting our emotions and choices.  The good news is that our brain can be “re-programmed”.  God calls it “Renewing your mind!”  We don’t have to be victims to our thought life!  There is a better way.  As we strengthen positive God thoughts, we can weaken the negative or toxic branches until they no longer affect our daily life.   I highly recommend Dr. Carolyn Leaf’s 21-day Brain Detox program where you can learn specific ways to literally heal your brain from toxic thoughts through prayer.  When we practice “praying without ceasing” and intentional, specific prayers, our thought life (and our brain) is changed!

On July 18 we will be hosting our Tree of Life Workshop where we will be giving an introduction or “appetizer” to our Tree of Life Retreat, August 8-9 at Christ the King retreat center in Citrus Heights.  At these two events, we will be sharing God’s solution to negative thinking, how to go deeper in the abiding relationship with Christ that yields a fruitful life and practical steps to renewing the mind.  Both the workshop and retreat will include teaching, small group, hands-on activities and guided healing prayer. If you live in the area, I encourage you to come!  You can register by clicking here.

None of us are immune from negative or toxic thoughts.  Whether it’s a moment by moment battle or we are further along in our journey of renewing our mind, there will be new insights, experiences and encouragement that will benefit anyone who comes to the workshop or the retreat.  Its not a magic formula, but a process of growth in abiding in Christ and developing a new mindset.  We believe people will leave encouraged, strengthened in their prayer life and with tools for a better thought life.

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!

Memorial Day Prayer

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God loves memorials!  The word “remember” is used 148 times in Scripture.  God used a rainbow as a memorial of His covenant.  He had the Israelites build a monument of stones from the river Jordan to commemorate their crossing over.  God gave them feasts to remember His deliverance from Egypt, the giving of the law and their time of dwelling in tents.  It’s good to remember!

On Memorial Day, we especially remember and express our gratitude for those who fought and died for our freedom.  Today, I’m remembering my Uncle Tom who died serving in Vietnam.  I’m grateful to live in a land of relative freedom and praying that freedom continues!

Beyond this, let’s remember the One who brought us the ultimate freedom through His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ!  The reason we have any level of freedom, spiritually and physically, is because of Him.

Take time in the midst of vacation or BBQ or whatever you are doing to be grateful.  To remember.  To pray.

Jesus, You are the One who paid the price for my ultimate freedom!  Thank You for what you did for me!  Today I remember again and celebrate the price You paid. 

Today, I also remember those who fought for my freedom in this country, brave men and women who gave up their lives in battle.  I pray for their families and loved ones who suffered great loss and trust that you comfort their hearts in a special, supernatural way.  Amen. 

National Day of Prayer

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We are just a few days from the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 7, 2015.  I hope you are planning to join a local gathering, but if not, you can watch online the national event by going to http://nationaldayofprayer.org/national-observance/

Why a National Day of Prayer?  We desperately need a turning back to God in our nation, and not just for a day!  The problems and challenges we are faced with cannot be solved by a political system, a new election, or some good idea.  Only God can turn this nation back to His original intent and that only comes by our cooperation and partnership with Him through prayer.

You might think you are just one person and that it’s not really that important, but your voice matters!

This year’s theme is “Lord, hear our cry”.  For more information and free prayer guides, go to www.NationalDayofPrayer.org.

The National Day of Prayer is a great time to connect, join as a body and pray together in unity.  If you are in the Sacramento region – consider meeting at the Capitol at 5:00pm with others to worship and pray.  Or join the Rock House of Prayer from 10am-12pm.  There’s also a prayer breakfast at William Jessup University that we always enjoy attending.  Hope to see you there!

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