The Prayer – Day 20

Day Twenty:  The Prayer

 

4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

–Philippians 4:4-7 (NKJV; BibleGateway.com)

10 “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.”  –Romans 12:10-13 (NKJV; BibleGateway.com)

17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”

–Ephesians 6:17-20

 

When we were kids, our parents always told us to get dressed and make our beds every morning.  Eat a good breakfast, take your vitamins, brush your teeth, and drink plenty of water.  If you’re a parent, you’ve probably said these things countless times along with many more “mommy phrases”.  We don’t usually go into a big explanation about why—we just say it.

Eventually the lesson will come to light.  Wait for it.

Recently, we took our children for their regular dentist appointments—all four of them.  It’s funny how you can have four kids, and only one of them is that kid.  You may know the one I mean.  The child who can conjure in his or her imagination the absolute worst outcome for any situation—and then pester you about it for days.  Weeks before the appointment, she just knew that she had a terrible cavity—more than one, actually.  She also believed that one or several of her permanent teeth was coming out.  “Look, mom!  It’s wiggling.  Check it, please!”  Oh, the relief when the dentist finally came to examine her teeth and declared the two words that brings joy to every mama’s heart.

“No cavities.”

Prayer feels like that to me.  It’s the driving force behind the reassurance we’ve been waiting for.  The Bible says a lot of awesome things about our relationship to God and our influence in life regarding prayer.  We don’t always know what will happen because we prayed, but we know that when we cover every situation in prayer—good things happen.  I’ve found that also “God things happen”.  It humbles and amazes me that the God who created heaven and earth allows us to participate in history itself when we pray.  Let’s make the choice to pray today and often in the days to come. In our last two days, we are going unscripted.  Pray your own prayer to the Lord today, and spend time with Him.  Let’s honor God and give Him all the glory.

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The Word – Day 19

Day Nineteen:  The Word

 

13 “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.”—1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NKJV; BibleGateway.com)

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“God, we thank You for Your Word today.  Your Word is truth, and Your Word lights our way.  Please preserve the Word of God in our hearts and minds as we continue to pray for the ministry, the people, and the Gospel preached through missions.  We love You, Lord.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.”

The Gift – Day 18

Day Eighteen:  The Gift

 

10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”—2 Corinthians 9:10-15 (NIV; BibleGateway.com)

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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—Ephesians 2:8 (NIV; BibleGateway.com)

 Prayer Focus:

“God, we give you thanks and praise for the gift of salvation.  Thank you for your grace for each one of us and for every member of the body of Christ worldwide.  We love You and we love Your people, Lord.  Please take the seed that has been sown on this mission and multiply the harvest for Your glory, Lord.  We give you all the praise and adoration in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.”