knitting

As we start this new year, God has put it on my heart to pray scripture in the coming days. There will be a slight change to my format, but I hope you will join me in raising our voices in prayer.

PRAY

Dear God, may we, like Paul, struggle on behalf of others. May we have a heart for those we know and those we don’t know and may we grow to know you more of you each day.

WRITE

READ Colossains 2:1-3

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face,  that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

  • What does Paul tell us about what he has been doing, and what does that tell you about what we should be doing?
  • What does Paul want believers to “be”?
  • What does the image of hearts knit together tell you about how we are connected to our fellow believers?
  • What does he want them to reach?
  • He wants them to be fully assured of and understand God’s mystery – Christ – in whom are what?

GROW

  • Take time to pray this for the people in your church, pastors, believers across our nation and around the world.

Dear Father God, we praise you that you have given us the example of Paul. A man that was completely transformed and made new in Christ. Lord give us hearts like his. Give us hearts that desire to struggle with and for those we know and those we don’t. We pray today that our hearts may be encouraged, and that you would knit together the hearts of all believers everywhere. That we would see the image of God in each one and love the way that you have loved us. Lord help each believer grown to truly know Christ that we may have godly wisdom and knowledge so as to minister to one another and all. In Jesus Name… Amen

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worthy

As we start this new year, God has put it on my heart to pray scripture in the coming days. There will be a slight change to my format, but I hope you will join me in raising our voices in prayer.

PRAY

Dear God, may you help us see you as you are. May you reveal yourself to us in your word.

WRITE

As we learn in Revelation 1, the book is “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place.” Revelation 1:1. There are many amazing words of revealing God’s truth and prophecy about things yet to come. There is much to dig into in this book, but here – we are going to look at the simple prayer that the 24 elders say as fall down before God, casting their crowns before Him.

READ Revelation 4:11

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they existed and were created.”

Take time to fall down before your Lord and God today – for He is worthy to receive glory and honor and power!

GROW

Our Lord God Almighty, you are holy. We acknowledge that you are eternal and you are the one who was and is and is to come! We fall on our knees because you are worthy. You are worthy of all our praise, may you receive glory and honor and power. You have create each of us and all things it is only by your will that they came to be. May we be in awe of you each day as you reveal yourself in your creation, may we be moved each day to give you glory and honor. In Jesus Name… Amen

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fan into flame

As we start this new year, God has put it on my heart to pray scripture in the coming days. There will be a slight change to my format, but I hope you will join me in raising our voices in prayer.

PRAY

Dear God, we praise you that you are love, and that you have given us the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide and grow us. Lord help us to see more clearly your will for our lives through your word today.

WRITE

READ 2 Timothy 1:6-7

“I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,  for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

  • What does Paul remind Timothy to do?
  • How does Paul describe the spirit that is in Timothy and us?
  • Do you have something that you are afraid of?
  • What can you actively do to exercise your spirit of power and love and self control in regard to that fear?

GROW

  • Remember to fan into flame the gift that God has given you…

Dear Father God we thank you that you that we do not have to live in fear because you have given us a spirit of power and love and self-control. Lord help us to live with confidence not in our own strength, but in yours. Not with our own love, but with yours. And in full dependance of of your will and not our own. In Jesus Name – Amen!

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never shaken


As we start this new year, God has put it on my heart to pray scripture in the coming days. There will be a slight change to my format, but I hope you will join me in raising our voices in prayer.

PRAY

Dear God, we come before you with praise. Praise that you are the sovereign, omniscient, merciful God… full of love and grace. We are in awe that the One who set the stars in the sky is also the one who knows every hair on our head. Thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ who has put us in right relationship with you and for the privilege of coming before you in prayer. Alleluia. Amen.

WRITE

READ Psalm 16:8

“I have set the Lord always before me;
    because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”

  • Write down the action that the Psalmist takes.
  • Write down the result of that action.

GROW

  • No matter what you are going through, what is coming against you, what is unknown or what is hoped for… when we choose to keep the Lord before us we can be sure that we will not be shaken. Trust…

Dear Father God we thank you that you are our foundation and our strength. Help us to always keep our eyes on you, the founder and perfecter of faith. Knowing that when we do… we will not be shaken. Lord if we are feeling rattled, lost or afraid – help us to remember that you never leave us or forsake us…we will not be shaken. In Jesus Name – Amen!

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live like heirs

As we start this new year, God has put it on my heart to pray scripture in the coming days. There will be a slight change to my format, but I hope you will join me in raising our voices in prayer.

PRAY

Dear God, please place up on our heart just how to pray for ourselves, as well as who you would have us pray for. Lord may you direct our words and guide our thoughts as we come before you in prayer.

WRITE

READ Titus 3:1-7

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

  • Write down the actions that Paul asks Titus to remind the believers.
  • Why is it important for for believers to be gentle and courteous to all people (v. 3 -5)?
  • God is full of mercy and love – what is the result of our transformation?
  • We are heirs according to the hope of eternal life – what joy that we have been saved and have new life. Who do you want to be reborn in this way. Write a prayer asking the Lord to work in their lives, and ask Him to show you how He can use you to share the hope that you have.

GROW

  • Remember to pray for this person (people) throughout the week, as well as to live out Paul’s reminders to the believers.

Dear Father God we praise you for your mercy and grace that you have lavished on us. Lord we were one disobedient and foolish, but thanks to your loving kindness and the regeneration of the Holy Spirit we have been justified and have become heirs to the hope of eternal life. Alleluia! Lord help us to live out this reality of your love and mercy each day by being obedient to rulers and being prepared for every good work. Help us keep you as our focus waiting for your guidance and direction, waiting for the works that you have prepared for us to do. Lord we know that what comes out of our mouth reveals what is in our hearts. Lord continue to transform us so that what we say is gentle, not quarrelsome or evil. May our words build one another up, encourage and bring you glory. In Jesus Name! Amen!

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abound in love

As we start this new year, God has put it on my heart to pray scripture in the coming days. There will be a slight change to my format, but I hope you will join me in raising our voices in prayer.

“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 (NIV1984)

PRAY

Dear God, please help us gain wisdom and insight in how to pray for others through the gift of your word. Help us to desire to love one another and “all” just as Paul prays in this passage.

WRITE

READ 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13

“Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.”

  • While there are several components to Paul’s prayer, what is his petition about love?
  • Paul asks that we would abound in love for who?
  • For one another & for all. I think we do not often ask for God to increase our love – for each other – or for all. Take time now to write down several groups, people, leaders (church, family, co-workers) for whom you can ask for an increase in love for both you and for them. Write a prayer

GROW

  • Take time this week to pray for these people.

Dear Father God and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to those whom you desire us to bless in your name. Please, may you increase our love for for one another so that we will abound in love for all. May we like Paul be an example of your love to the world as you establish our hearts in preparation for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ! In Jesus Name … AMEN!

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to pray

PRAY

Take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you read, ponder and write.

Read Matthew 14:13-33

“And after he had dismissed the crowds,
he went up on the mountain by himself to pray.
When evening came, he was there alone…”
Matthew14:23

WRITE

In Matthew Chapter 14 you will find two very familiar stories. Jesus feeds the 5000 and Jesus walks on water. But it is the little bit wedged between these two magnificent miracles that I want to focus on today. The story begins with Jesus trying to get some time alone. But, the people seek Him out and when He sees them – as only Jesus could amidst his exhaustion –  He has compassion on them. He ministers to them, heals them, feeds them, pours Himself out for them, and then…

  • According to Matthew 14:23 what does Jesus do next?
  • What does this reveal about the most essential part of the day?
  • Does this make you rethink your attitudes amidst your exhaustion?
  • What can you do today to take action or re-prioritize your time?

GROW

Praying that the example of Jesus will impact your heart today. May we all seek relationship with our heavenly Father the way that Jesus did. May each of us crave the fellowship that only our mighty God can provide. Praying for you!