Posts Tagged ‘prayer’

  

“Blessed are those…”‭‭(Matthew‬ ‭5:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

In July of 2014, missionary doctors Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were diagnosed with Ebola while working with villagers in Liberia, West Africa. After rounds of emergency treatments with an experimental drug, both doctors were declared cured in August by physicians at Emory University Hospital. Why did they live while others did not?

According to The Blaze, Brantly identifies how he believes his life was spared: “He thanked the many people around the world who were praying for his recovery and said that he serves a ‘faithful God who answers prayers.’ It was through medical professionals, the experimental drug and faith that Brantly believes he was healed.”

Does God really intervene on behalf of people? Yes He does! He even uses doctors and medicines. We are blessed when we seek Him, when our reliance is upon Him. We work and do our part, but our faith is that God will have the final say and control. Blessed are those…who live a blessable life! You are loved today! 

  

“There is no Rock like our God. No one will succeed by strength alone.” (1 Samuel‬ ‭2‬:‭2, 9‬ NLT)

Katrina Sweet has spent most of her life looking for stability. Having been sexually abused in her home as well as her church, she was devastated and feeling as if nowhere was safe. As her latest destructive relationship fell apart, Katrina, single mother of two, drove to a nearby bridge to end her life of pain. 

Sensing the need to give God one more chance, she prayed as she stared over the edge. “I remember praying one word,” she said later. “I cried one word, ‘Help!’ ‘Help’ is what I said. I feel like God heard my cry for help. And I didn’t know how my life was going to turn out; I just had a sense that everything was going to be okay.” Today, Katrina is recovered and leading others back from the brink. 

Are you in a place where your strength isn’t enough to fix it? Our God is a strong and mighty Father, full of love and compassion for you, regardless of how you have felt towards Him. Turn to Him today, like Katrina, and let Him save the day! You are loved! 

  

In June, 1787, The Constitutional Convention was in full swing in Philadelphia. It had been called in an effort to seek solutions to problems the nation experienced under the Articles of Confederation. 

The gathering started with optimism, but after five weeks of frequent disagreements, they were almost at a full impasse. Addressing their frustration, on June 28, delegate Benjamin Franklin told the others:

  “In this situation of this assembly, groping, as it were, in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our understandings? In the beginning of the contest with Britain when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the Divine Protection. Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. . . And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance? I have lived, sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth: that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel . . . and we ourselves shall become a reproach and a byword down to future ages. I therefore beg leave to move, that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business.”

The Convention then adjourned for three days. During that time, they gathered at the Calvinist Reformed Church in Philadelphia, where the Rev. William Rogers prayed a special prayer over the Constitutional Convention and, according to George Washington, they also “hear[d] an oration on the anniversary of independence.”

  Following those three days, the Convention reconvened and experienced unexpected success! Ten weeks later they had finished the U. S. Constitution (under which America has become the longest on-going constitutional republic in the world), and the Founders were quick to acknowledge God’s help in their endeavors.

Alexander Hamilton is reported to have declared:

  
“For my own part, I sincerely esteem it a system which without the finger of God never could have been suggested and agreed upon by such a diversity of interests.”

James Madison agreed:

 
“It is impossible for the man of pious reflection not to perceive in it the finger of that Almighty Hand which has been so frequently and signally extended to our relief in the critical stages of the Revolution.”

As far as these delegates were concerned, the finger of God – that is, His Divine power – had guided their writing of the Constitution. Benjamin Franklin also believed this to be the case, explaining:

“[I] beg I may not be understood to infer that our general Convention was Divinely inspired when it formed the new federal Constitution . . . [yet] I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance to the welfare of millions now existing (and to exist in the posterity of a great nation) should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in Whom all inferior spirits ‘live and move and have their being’ (Acts 17:28).”

Others delegates declared the same, so as we remember the call to prayer that Franklin delivered on this day, let’s also follow George Washington’s advice “to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.”

As we head into the American Independence Day holiday time, take time to pray for America. In view of all the political wranglings and its expected backlash, join us in asking God to move on this nation and its people again! If He could do it then, He can do it again! Have a great and blessed week!

  
(Thanks to WallBuilders for the historical information. Check them out in the web!)

  

“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” (Jeremiah‬ ‭17‬:‭14‬ NIV)

It was the NFC Championship Football Game on January 18, 2015, between the Green Bay Packers and the defending Champions, the Seattle Seahawks. Going into overtime, Seattle QB Russell Wilson had a horrible game throwing 4 interceptions. But with the game on the line, the team still had confidence that he could pull it out. The 3rd-year quarterback then hit Jermaine Kearse on a 35-yard touchdown pass on the first possession of overtime to give the Seahawks an improbable 28-22 win and a return to the Super Bowl. 

The only way that Jeremiah could make the statement he does about God’s ability is because of his supreme confidence he had in the Almighty God, which can only be borne out of experience. Blind confidence is often a foolish gesture that can lead to failure. But to have traveled the long roads with God means that you have seen Him at work firsthand, and NOTHING can shake that confidence, even if the statistics aren’t going your way!

You will always have needs arise in your life. The key is to have a tried & tested confidence in the Almighty God, that He will come through for you, especially at the last moment! Become assured of what God can do! You are loved today! 

  

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” (Psalm‬ ‭33‬:‭12‬ NIV)

As I sit on a field trip school bus at my local county court house, I’m watching our local kids learn more about our great Constitution as today is National Law Day. Law Day is a special day aimed to help people appreciate their liberties and to affirm their loyalty to the United States, especially with regard to equality and justice. It also aims to cultivate respect for the law, which is vital to the democratic way of life.

Next Thursday, May 7th, happens to be the National Day Of Prayer for America. At noon, millions of believers across our nation will be meeting at their local court house as well, to pray for America and show their appreciation for the Almighty God that gave us our law as well as our national blessings. But it’s also a time of national repentance, that the blessings of God might continue here for generations to come. 

As you go through your day today, take time to pray for your nation. Give God your appreciation for all He has blessed us with, then pray for the continued divine favor to keep falling upon our lands. A nation will be blessed as they bless the Creator of the nation! We are loved today! 

  

“By justice a king gives a country stability, but those who are greedy for bribes tear it down.” (Proverbs‬ ‭29‬:‭4‬ NIV)

As I sat in a surgical waiting room yesterday, I was entranced by the chaos I saw breaking out on the television. Baltimore was being torn apart at the seams. With recent accusations of people dying because of police brutality, it has caused much tension and rioting in different parts of the nation. While I am a firm supporter of our Brothers in Blue, I do know that there are some loose guns and low morals in certain segments of authority, albeit a small number in my opinion. Yet, just one rotten apple can mess up things for the rest. 

When leadership is bad, it tends to corrupt whatever it touches. Yet when it is good, it seeks to uplift those it oversees. But if godly people aren’t voting or lifting up our nation in prayer, how can we expect right or righteous things to take place? Evil does certainly reign when good people do nothing, especially in places of authority!

Take time to lift up our nation’s tumult to God. Pray for your national, state, and civic leaders, as well as the community you are in. And ask God to intervene and shutdown the anger and rioting we are seeing. Bad things followed by bad things will never lead to good things. Lord, let your love be felt in our nation today! 

  

The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the Lord; so they do not prosper and all their flock is scattered.” (Jeremiah‬ ‭10‬:‭21‬ NIV)

Peter Wagner once surveyed 572 pastors across America regarding their prayer lives and found that, on average, they prayed about 22 minutes each day. About 57% prayed less than 20 minutes, 34% prayed more than 20 minutes, but only 9% prayed more than an hour. The conclusion: While there are many reasons that a church doesn’t grow – location, sacred cows, poor facilities, etc. – but perhaps the greatest reason is prayerlessness!

The great missionary Hudson Taylor once remarked, “The power of prayer has never been fully tried in any church. If we want to see the mighty wonders of divine grace and power, instead of weakness and disappointment, the whole church must accept God’s standing challenge: ‘Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.'” (Jeremiah‬ ‭33‬:‭3‬ KJV)

Don’t go another day without assessing your prayer life and making changes. No one has ever “prayed too much”! Take time today and see the difference! You are loved!