My encouragement for today is to PRAY! There are so many needs for prayer in our families, communities, and among our friends. Pleasse take time to PRAY for someone today. “Prayer is the greatest act of love we can show another person.” Excerpt from: I Will Pray For You
A true friend stands by you no matter what, good and bad times. But many people feel that the true test of friendship is when we face the challenging times, the hard disappointments and pain. Who is there for us? “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is for adversity.” – Proverbs 17:17 …
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,whom he has redeemed from trouble.” Psalm 107:1-2
There seems to be so much individual discontentment in our society about things we do not have, rather than gratitude for what we do have:.
“I need a new car!”
“I need new clothes!”
“I need the latest, greatest phone!”
Sound familiar? How many times do we whine about wanting more of something?
Yes, there are times that we really do need to replace old things. But many times, we find ourselves, or at least I do, complaining about what we already have not being good enough. We focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. And if you’re like me, what you have are abundant blessings from God: everything you need and more.
On the last Thursday of November, we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. By tradition of that day, we reflect and give thanks for the blessings of the year. But God wants us to be thankful EVERY day. God wants us to praise him EVERY day.
But, do we? We have so much to be thankful for in our lives!
Let’s start counting (literally) our blessings every day; praising God for his grace, gifts and love, and cultivating a lifestyle of Thanksgiving and contentment.
“..if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14 I don’t know about you, but sometimes I allow my prayer times to …
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving”. – Colossians 4:2 The world outside your door is in evil chaos orchestrated by Satan. Parents and grandparents, are you praying for your children and grandchildren? Friends and relatives, are you praying for the children? Pray for the children. If your children or grandchildren are …
She lost her husband tragically. Her life was turned upside down. I didn’t know what to say. A year and a half later, she is diagnosed with cancer. She is left breathless and overwhelmed I don’t know what to say. What do you say to a dear friend who is hurting in ways you can …
“Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” – Luke 11:9 Jesus said when we seek Him, we find Him; when we seek His plan for our lives, we find it. There is an individual and perfectly planned journey for each of us. …
“I will pray for you.”
We have all said it, and we have all heard it said to us. But, are we praying for one another?
I certainly hope so. God takes prayer seriously. We should not be tossing around the promise of prayer like the latest catch phrase. We should only say it when we intend to pray; or even better, when we can stop and pray at that very moment.
Prayer is the greatest act of love we can show another person. Even if they do not have a spoken need of prayer, they need prayer. We all need prayer.
When Paul wrote to the church of Colosse, he emphasized peace and love among believers, as we are Christ’s body on earth. In this teaching, Paul demonstrates how we can pray for other Christians:
- Give thanks to God for that person, their salvation and their walk with Jesus.
- Ask God to show that person His will for their life.
- Ask God to give that person spiritual wisdom so that all their works will glorify Him.
- Ask God to give that person strength, patience and joy in all things.
- Give thanks to God for these things and that person again.
Let’s fervently pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints… And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” – Colossians 1:3, 9-12
God told us to make our bodies pure temples for the Holy Spirit to dwell in. This means we are to have a healthy lifestyle and abstain from sins of the flesh that harm our bodies. But He did not tell us to obsess with our appearance to the point that what we look like …
Have you ever heard someone say “I’m not feeling very grateful today”? I think we’ve all felt that way at one time or another.
Our attitudes of gratitude should not be dictated by our moods or circumstances. We need to periodically check our attitudes. It is easy to fall prey to Satan and be consumed with the grumpy, gloomy world around us. We need to be armed against emotional warfare with joy, praise and thankfulness that comes from walking with Jesus.
There is something to be thankful for in every situation of every day. Look for the joy in every thing. Even if Satan puts evil in our paths, we can be thankful that God is there to call on and pull us through.
When we obey God’s commands to rejoice, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in everything, we begin to view circumstances and other people with a new perspective: an attitude of gratitude!
Life is better with Jesus!
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”-
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18