Have you ever wondered how a bird is able to sleep so easily as it is perched on a limb? It’s crazy! Why doesn’t it fall off backwards? How does it maintain its grip even when asleep? The tendons in a birds leg are designed so that when the knees are bent the talon contract to make a firm grip. As the bird lifts and straightens his legs, the claws turn loose. The bird’s greatest security and firmest grip comes from a bent knee. There is no greater power accessible to us than that which comes through prayer!
Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” In Luke 11:1, Jesus had been at his favorite place praying. One of His disciples came to Him with a request. He didn’t ask Him how to preach, how to teach, or how to heal. He asked Him how to pray! You see, the ones closes to Jesus knew where Jesus strength came from. It was His time in prayer-His communication with God, the Father! Think about it, if Jesus needed to spend time in prayer, how much more do we?
Men and women of God, our greatest strength and security comes from the bent knee, praying to our Heavenly Father! This is our wake up call Church. It’s time to lift up our nation, and our leaders in prayer. We don’t hold the answer to what is going on in this world, but He does! I will be the first one to acknowledge that I don’t pray enough. I am guilty! Lord, turn our hearts to you and heal our land. Use me Father to do your work and to share the love of Christ to people in this world. The power of a bent knee! Here is where you find peace!
There are times in each one of our lives where praying for something will get the job done. But there will be times when we will have to grab the bull by the horns and refuse to let go until God answers. You see, there is a huge difference between praying for and praying through! Praying through something is all about consistency and it also involves intensity. Praying through something doesn’t just tickle the ear of God, it touches the heart of the Father.
When was the last time you prayed when you found yourself on your face before the Father. When was the last time you knelt before the King and cried tear of passion and grief. If you want God to do something new in your life, you can’t do the same old things. I believe God is calling His Church to a new level of prayers. Prayers that will involve sacrifice and risk. What do you need to pray through today? I hope you all have a great weekend! God bless you and your family.
Have you ever wonder how Paul was so dynamic in his faith and how he reached so many people? How did he plant so many churches, and stayed connected to help them to develop and grow? There are three things that jump off the page when it comes to Paul’s passionate faith. 1. His relationship with Jesus Christ was his number 1 priority. 2. He was a prayer warrior. 3. He was genuinely concerned for other people. With Paul, what you see is what you get! There was no pretense, you didn’t wonder how he felt about you, or what he thought about a situation. He was straight forward and he couldn’t hide his feelings.
The last two days I’ve shared 2 separate prayers that Paul prayed over the Church and friends. Those prayers revealed Paul’s heart and passion for God and people. But Paul doesn’t stop there, he continues to pray for other people and churches! Colossians 1:9-11 says, “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we haven’t stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” No wonder Paul’s ministry was so blessed, he knew how to pray for others!
Who do you need to pray this prayer over today? Who needs knowledge, spiritual wisdom and understanding? Who needs to be strengthened and encouraged? Make a list of those people and pray over them as the Spirit leads you. Then I encourage you to give them a call or a quick text and let them know that you were thinking about them. Lord, use your people to encourage and love on others today! Get down on your knees Church! God bless.
Don’t you love it when God shows you a weakness about yourself? We are all just a work in progress! I pictured Jesus this morning taking me to His workshop and making some fine adjustments. Sanding me down just a hair with His gentle hand. I could see that sparkle of love in His eyes and sensed the compassion in His heart. I received what He said to me this morning, but it is not always easy to hear a word of correction. Yesterday, I shared how Paul prayed for the Church and he prayed a specific prayer over them. I challenged you to pray that prayer for 7 days, then be obedient to what God called you to do. Yesterday afternoon the Lord placed Ephesians 1:15-19 right in front of my face! Here Paul begin to pray over his friends and his brothers and sisters in Christ. He wasn’t focused on himself, but he was thinking of those around him. He cared enough to pray for them!
Take a look as his prayer. Sense the love in his heart for his friends. Ephesians1:15-19 says, “For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit if wisdom and revelation, so that you know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Do you dare pray this over your friends today?
I can study God Word for hours and not get enough, but I find it hard to sit over 10 minutes talking with the Lord. In His workshop this morning, He revealed to me that I don’t pray enough for the Church and my friends! Yes, I have a plan in place, I know what I need to do, now I have to implement the plan. Lord, help me to be a praying Paul! Help me to take my eyes off of myself and open my spiritual eyes. Help me to be creative in my prayer time with you, and let it be a top priority. Thank you Lord, and thank you for not using the real coarse sandpaper. I love you guys!!!
Paul prays a beautiful and powerful prayer over two local churches of his day. I want to share this prayer with you this morning, but I also want to challenge you to pray this over your local body of believers. The challenge is to pray this prayer for seven days straight, and then ask God, what would you have me to do now? Are you in?
Philippians 1:9-11 Paul prays, “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ-to the glory and praise of God. Amen!
Make a difference today, pray over the Church! Let’s encourage one another and grow in love. Let us walk in humility, wisdom, and compassion. Pursue holiness and guard your mind against the evil one. Keep the faith and fight the good fight! Let’s kick some dents in the gates of hell today. Let’s join together and pray. God bless.
Good morning! Have you ever had so many things in your heart and so many words you wanted to share? Over a year ago, the Lord told me to journal 365 days straight days and put in on Luke252 website. It’s been a journey, a challenge, but also very rewarding! Wouldn’t you know God would call me to do something that I am not very good at? I almost failed Mrs. Hill’s grammar class in 10th grade! I couldn’t construct a proper sentence to save my life. To this day, I still struggle with that! But I wanted to be found faithful.
The Lord asked me to give a word of encouragement daily and use scripture to do it. God has challenged me and grown me in so many different ways this past year, and has placed a fire in my soul to share His Good News to the world. I want to be a man of God that is real, sincere, and passionate. I pray that all masks and fronts be stripped away. I place my selfishness , pride, and greed at your feet. Empty me of all my sin and fill me with your incredible love for people. Lord, open up doors of opportunity to serve You and others, but I also ask for your favor as I go.
It has taken God 52 years to prepare me for the last third of my life! I am a very slow learner, that is for sure. Over 30 years of ministry, one would think I am at the end of the line. But God is showing me, that it took all that time to prepare for what He wants me to do for the rest of my life. This morning, God gave me a image of Him placing a labeled on my 32 years of ministry and the label said, “Preparation.”
Lord, I know you don’t have much to work with, but I give you everything I have. Thank you for your patience and your willingness to walk when I needed to run. Thank you for your continual love even when I messed up and pulled away from your plan. Thank you for taking your time with me and giving me everything I need to do your work. I can’t wait to see what you unfold! I trust you Lord. Thank you all for your encouragement, love, and kind words of affirmation. Love you guys to death.
It’s Sunday and it’s time to worship! I pray that you and your family are doing well. I want to share a short word this morning and I pray you will receive this message. Jesus said in Matthew 6:6, “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” You can tell those people who pray in secret. They shine with the very glory of God. They seem to have a humble boldness about them, a gentle strength, and a quiet confidence.
But for most of us, the pace of life kills our prayer life. Finding time to pray, much less a “secret place” is hard to do with all that we have going on. Jesus understood this, Luke 5:15-16 says this, “Yet the news about him spread all the more, so the crowd of people came near to him and to be healed of their sickness. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” The secret place is where it is just you and God. It’s a place away from every distraction. A place where there is no show and tell. No fancy words used to impress others. Just you and the Creator of the world, where all pretense is gone. If Jesus needed this secret place, how much more do we need to get away and pray?
Make room for God in your life! Lord, help us to find that secret place where we can push aside the business of life. I worship and praise your holy name today!