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Prayers are Never too Small (conclusion)

Why?

Why?

Why?

Many of us sit back and ask God “why” in the negative when we go to Him in prayer…

Or we may beg Him to answer this prayer despite not praying for so long…

Or we may go to Him in prayer of admonishment because He allowed something evil to happen…

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God will not leave you.

God will not allow evil to happen, though it does.

God asks the same thing of you as you ask of your own child…

One day a young child, all of seven, asked her Mommy, whom seemed so sad, “How can I make you happy?”

And, as any parent will truly answer a child, the Mommy responded, “Please just listen to me. Obey me. Trust me when I give you an answer. Hear my words when I speak to you.”

You are God’s child, no matter how old, and as God’s child he only asks for you to

Listen

Trust

Obey

Please hear the story of Rachel Aldous, the women behind the song A Mother’s Prayer.

Remember, prayer is with you always. It is your 911 to God. It is your link. Your connection. And your “amen” is the send button.

You control your end of the line.

All you need to do is allow God to control his.

Pray in thankfulness

Pray in pain

Pray for others

Pray for yourself

Just pray

It is your daily dose of Vitamin D.

No prayer is ever too small…


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Prayers are Never too Small (part 4)

Psalms 23:4 – Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Your life can feel as though each day is filled with darkness cast upon you as you  “walk through the valley of the shadow of death.”

But there is light…

This light overwhelms the darkness “I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

How do you get such a light?
A light so overpowering that it forsakes evil.
A light so brilliant it envelopes you in protection as you trespass through this valley.

There is one magic word.

Not abracadabra.

Not hocus-pocus

Not alachazam

Prayer

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Daniel prayed and God answered him but Daniel did not like the answer he received. Daniel 10:16

“Then one who looked like a man[b] touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak.”

Daniel was walking through the valley of the shadow of doubt, but unlike many Daniel did not send his vision away.

Daniel raised his voice to the one who looked like a man, and continued to welcome Him and listened to His message, for Daniel “will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

And the vision said to Daniel…

10:20 “So he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come; 21 but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince.”

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But I pray… and I pray… and I pray…
yet my answer seems to never come.

Why?!

Why is it me that God has abandoned?
Why will he not respond to my prayers?
My prayers are time sensitive?
Am I not special enough to be considered?
I don’t understand how God can do this to me?
How can God leave me waiting so long?
It is too late as God did not answer my prayers in time….


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Prayers are Never too Small (part 3)

We left Daniel facing a vision. He was weak, trembling, and seeing a person talking to him; though nobody else could see this person. So was he real or a hallucination of all that Daniel’s body was suffering. That is the earmark of debate cast by cynics – Daniel was dehydrated, ill, and suffering from hallucinations. Those whom believe respond with it was God’s answer to Daniel’s fervent prayer, a vision not a hallucination.

Are you cynic or believer?

Do you believe prayer works

or

a product of dehydrating your physical being of all
nutrients to maintain, sustain, life?

Where are you on this path?

Work, work, from morning until late at night.  In fact, I have so much to do that I shall have to spend the first three hours in prayer. ~ Martin Luther

Three hours? Three weeks?

Daniel did not cease. He stood near the cross (a cross in his heart and mind, not a physical specimen but one projected of prayer) until the Lord God almighty came to him, and spoke.

15 While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless. 16 Then one who looked like a man[b] touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak. 17 How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.”

18 Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. 19 “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.”

Have your eyes opened whilst laying on your bed of thorns and your brain begged them to close again? For you do not want to wake this morning because your visions are filled with trepidation, displeasure, challenge, struggle, strife…. You just do not want to deal with the drama TODAY!

And God … touched me and gave me strength. 19 “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.”

How do you get this message?

Prayer… (amen)


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Prayers are Never too Small (part 2)

Our God is an awesome God….

I am having the hardest time writing this morning because all my head keeps reverberating is, “God is an awesome God…” I love it yet it is so frustrating.

The essence of meditation is a period of time set aside to contemplate the Lord,
listen to Him, and allow Him to permeate our spirits.
~ Charles Stanley

When we pray we expect immediate deliverance from God, but why?

Your son asks for a cookie how often do you say, “Just a minute.”

Your daughter shrieks, “You promised to take me on a bike ride an hour ago,” with which you respond, “I’m very busy but almost ready.”

Your boss asked for that report yesterday but you don’t have it finished yet.

Your spouse wants to eat dinner at 5pm and now it is 6pm.

We do things on our time
so why would we expect
God’s time
to be any different.

So, do we stop praying because he doesn’t answer us on our time?

Is that four-letter word, “amen“, just not working for you anymore?

Have you hung up your line of communication to God?

Daniel never did

The following quoted material is shared from… http://www.truthnet.org/Daniel/Chapter10/

“Daniel Chapter 10 is an introduction to Daniel’s fourth and final vision.  Daniel’s fourth vision is spans chapters 10 to 12.  This section of Daniel takes place in the final stage of Daniel’s life, when Daniel is well into his 80’s.

Chapter 10 also removes the veil off the angelic and demonic struggle for nations.  Here we see the power of prayer in conjunction with God’s plan and purpose. The “Prince of Persia” is demonic force preventing a message from arriving to Daniel, who has been praying for 21 days. The message, which follows is Daniel11:2 to 12:4.”

Yes, as I said before, there is more… much more… to Daniel’s story than confronting a lion. He too had to invoke the power of prayer. He too used his humbled voice to say “amen” with each and every declaration.

You know that Daniel mourned for three weeks (21 days), and you know that he ate no celebratory food nor did he anoint himself. What Daniel did do was …

PRAY!

10 A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11 He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.

12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”


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Prayers are Never too Small (part 1)

Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. ~ Corrie Ten Boom

I know we’ve been down this path several times; both since I’ve started writing for the PCC blog and before I joined. Prayer is our telephone to God. It is our stamped envelope. It is out text message or email.  And God is always on the other end ready to respond. It is us, the people who are in the midst of struggle, that hit the disconnect button before the message has a chance to come through. After all, one must think about the distance between heaven and here, the vast amount of correspondence, and then there is always the signal reception. Sometimes that too can be a bit spotty.

Your prayer is never too small.

God always hears you.

God always responds.

On God’s time.

Have you ever heard this line, “If you want to make God laugh tell him your plan?”

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Daniel 10:19 – “Don’t be afraid,” he said, “for you are very precious to God. Peace! Be encouraged! Be strong!” As he spoke these words to me, I suddenly felt stronger and said to him, “Please speak to me, my lord, for you have strengthened me.”

You are special to God.

Your request … your prayer … is special to God.

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Share with God the glory of your life through the power of your prayers marked with sorrow, requests, drama, dissension and remember to add your thanks, your praise, and your “amen” to His power for He is the power within your life that will (WILL) lead you home.

Happiness is your choice.

Happiness is your conviction.

God is your light

but He can only hear you if you pray to Him

Do you know Daniel? You might because who hasn’t heard the story of Daniel and the lion. As with any person, there is always more…

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Daniel 10:1 – “in the third year of the reign of King Cyrus of Persia, Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) had another vision. He understood that the vision concerned events certain to happen in the future–times of war and great hardship.”

Daniel prepares for the vision

Daniel 10:2  In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks.

Daniel 10:3  I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

Three weeks?!

Today we would say that Daniel “suffered” for three weeks – 21 full days – before God gave Daniel his answers – the answers to his prayers.

And the population in Daniel’s time was far more scarce that today. Plus there was only one way to communicate – directly, no telephone operators, no cell phones – you got on your knees in the middle of a dessert and prayed. Pretty simple.

Do you understand what Daniel went through? What happened to Daniel? How did prayer change his life?


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I Need Thee Every Hour (conclusion)

With the age of technology comes ever interesting entanglements of chance circumstances. I usually keep my contact information private, or restricted, so as to not allow unwanted people into my safe realm. Today I sat here, working on this blog, when a “beep” sounded and my Skype started bouncing for joy. Of course, distracted and curious, I had to click the happy little blue “S” to see who was trying to reach me. It was Ben! Good ol’ Ben! How I have longed to meet a guy in his relative 60’s + named Ben… okay, not really. But there he was. So, I thought, out of humbled kindness, instead of being rude I’d inquire, “Who are you? How do I know you?”  Ben, responded, “You do not know me but I want to get to know you.” I nearly gagged on the keys as I typed out, “Why? Who are you? How did you find me?” And that is when the deal with closed for me as he responded, “I saw your profile and fell in love.” My response was eloquent, as I like to be when I can be, “Off of a picture? Ben… You may be a wonderful man, with a heart of gold and pockets lined with parchment, but I am faithful woman in God and in that the Devil plays with me like a puppet. For that reason I trust in God’s protection and light to know when to say hello and when to say good bye. Please peacefully take a prayer from me for a blessed life and allow that to be our parting words. I am not open to outsiders coming within my realm as God has guided me to keep certain doors closed. Blessings to you and yours.” And the devil continued on his merry way….

Pastor Bill, “…

3. The Holy Spirit Will Be Fruitful

 

Galatians 5:22 We must live Life by the Spirit

13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever[c] you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

The Holy Spirit produces His fruit. The fruit test will help you. -As you follow Him, He will produce His fruit in your life. Read through Gal. 5:22 and ask yourself if what you are about to do, fits in one of them.

The Jesus test will help you. – As you follow Him, He will build into you the character of Jesus. (Rom. 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.)

Is this like Jesus? Would Jesus do this? are questions to remember in 2013.

The faith test will help you. – As you follow Him, He will require you to exercise your faith to join God in what He is doing.

Am I relying on God to see this happen or myself? The Holy Spirit will always require you to rely on God instead of building your own ego.

The Holy Spirit knows all things, do you?

The Holy Spirit can empower you to overcome, do you need that?

The Holy Spirit is never at a loss of what to do, are you?

If you want your 2013 to be fruitful, then stay in line with the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

Conclusion: 2013 will be a blessing to you if you will follow the Holy Spirit, remember that God is faithful, and discerning when the devil is trying to dupe you.”

Mainstream lingo…

LOOK INTO THE LIGHT


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I Need Thee Every Hour (part 2)

Dr. Wilbur Chapman had a humanly angel walk into his life, hand him a checkbook, and said, “write.” How amazing is that situation? Seriously, I don’t know a single person that would say, “Oh, thank you but I got this.” Not even Mother Teresa or Pop John Paul that whatever (no disrespect but I have lost count).

Pastor Bill, “I won’t lie and say that I’d turn my back on such an offer as I have faced many financial struggles too, but God always answers me by giving His checkbook. His checkbook is signed but the amount is left blank, just as it was for Dr. Chapman. There is only one catch, God’s checkbook is to be used to help you through your trials and tribulations by offering unrestricted spiritual richness.”

Is that enough?

Can it be enough?

Better question is would it be enough for you?

It means that you accept His answer.

It means you believe in Him enough to know that even if you don’t like the answer it is the one that is suppose to be.

It means that you have to let go of the pen and let God write the check.

2. The Devil Will Be Ferocious

 Pastor Bill, “…

John 10:10 (The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.) He is a thief. — He is the prince of darkness.

John 8:44 (Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.) He is a liar.

Just as God is faithful and will always be, the devil will be, still be, the devil in this coming year. You can count on having to deal with him.

He will tell you lies about God (Remember God is good!)

He will tell you lies about others (Remember God wants you to love others) He will tell you lies about yourself (Remember, you are in Christ now. You are not who you once were.)”

I know the Devil. I have meet him personally. And he has no honor from me nor will ever be allowed back into my home.

The devil sat in our pews for a period of time. His humanly body absorbing yet denouncing, partaking in communion yet never believing in the body of Christ, his participation simply of a human entity without an emotional embodiment.

He was a lie… He is a lie

And as all lies, all antics of the devil,

God’s light won and banished the devil from His home.

Yet the devil has not left my life

thus I pray more fervently for God’s light to be blinding.

And I control that.

How can I control God’s light?

Feel your heartbeat.

Feel your breath.

Look in your mirror.

What do you see?

Allow your beacon to call upon God through faith, trust, and the power to tell the devil to take a flying leap. If God has not sent you the message you have just received than it is surely witchcraft from the devil himself and should be cast back to the darkness with which it has come.

But YOU must be the light, the strength, the faith to make it happen.

You can find your savior within the Lord for you need Him as His faith needs you every hour.