Praying them Back to School, Part 3

In every organization, there are people working diligently behind the scenes making the big decisions that ultimately affect the function and welfare of the whole organization. Our #BackToSchoolPrayer list should include our school administrators. The principals, assistants, advisors, superintendents, district board members, etc, play important roles in the education and safety of our children. These …

Praying Them Back to School – Part 2

As we continue our #BackToSchoolPrayer, let’s remember those who sacrifice so much every day for our children: the teachers. From the preschools to the universities, teachers, teacher’s assistants, and professors are sacrificing their personal time and money to ensure our children will receive the best of their professional knowledge. They wear many hats during the …

Thanksgiving: It is more than a Date in November

“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.

I Will Pray For You

“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:

  1. Give thanks to God for that person, their salvation and their walk with Jesus.
  2. Ask God to show that person His will for their life.
  3. Ask God to give that person spiritual wisdom so that all their works will glorify Him.
  4. Ask God to give that person strength, patience and joy in all things.
  5. 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