Posts with the tag “prayer”

Consistent in Prayer, Unwavering in Praise
by Delman Coates on January 31st, 2024
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   Have you ever found yourself allowing your circumstances to dictate your connection with God? The ebb and flow of life's experiences can sometimes become the determining factor in when we turn to God in prayer or lift our voices in praise. However, the w...  Read More
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Pray with Expectation
by Delman Coates on November 29th, 2023
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." - Mark 11:24   Prayer is not a mere recitation of words into the ether; it is a conversation with the Creator of the universe. It's a direct line to the One who holds the power to transform circumstances, hearts, and lives. In Mark 11:24, Jesus encourages us to pray with expectation, believ...  Read More
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Gratitude in Prayer
by Delman Coates on November 21st, 2023
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18   In the realm of prayer, we find a precious gift from God, a divine channel that enables us to draw near to the Creator of the universe. When we come before Him, we often carry our concerns, seeking guidance and aid. While it is only natural to present ou...  Read More
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Praying with Reliance on God
by Delman Coates on November 18th, 2023
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." - Philippians 4:6   In a world that often encourages self-sufficiency and independence, we can sometimes forget the significance of relying on God. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we must shoulder life's burdens and challenges on our own. However, pr...  Read More
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God Cares
by Delman Coates on November 17th, 2023
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." - 1 John 5:14   Through prayer, we express our thoughts, emotions, needs, and desires to God. It is the means by which we form a connection with the Creator, the source of unwavering love and compassion. When we approach the throne of grace in prayer, we encounter a God who cares for ev...  Read More
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The Authority of Prayer
by Delman Coates on July 18th, 2023
"Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." - Matthew 18:18   Prayer is not just a mere act of communication with God; it carries a profound authority. When we approach the throne of grace with faith and confidence, our prayers have the power to shape and transform the world around us. Let us explore the signific...  Read More
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The Power of Boldness: Moving the Heart of God
by Delman Coates on July 16th, 2023
"Let us then approach God's throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." - Hebrews 4:16   Our God is not only a mighty and sovereign Creator but also a loving Father who is moved by our boldness. As we approach His presence with confidence and trust, we have the opportunity to witness His heart respond to our audacious faith. Let us ...  Read More
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The Transformative Power of Prayer
by Delman Coates on July 14th, 2023
"Then Abraham drew near and said, 'Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?'" - Genesis 18:23   In Genesis 18, we witness a remarkable encounter between Abraham and the Lord. This narrative reveals the profound impact of prayer and the transformative power it holds. As we delve into Abram's prayer, we are reminded of the incredible privilege and potential found in our own conversa...  Read More
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One More Round
by Delman Coates on April 26th, 2023
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” - Romans 12:12  If you are going to experience a comeback, you are not only going to need strength—you are going to need PATIENCE.  Romans 12:12 reminds us to, “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” The devil doesn’t want you to make an easy comeback. He wants you to believe that you were defeated, y...  Read More
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Do Not Be Anxious
by Delman Coates on January 26th, 2023
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:6-7  Would you consider yourself an anxious person? In today’s society, the words “anxiety” and “depression” are more commonly talked...  Read More
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The Blessing of Imperfection
by Ministry Support on January 6th, 2023
“My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”- 2 Corinthians 12:8-10  Theodore Roosevelt has been quoted as saying, “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Thomas Edison spent more than $100,000 to obtain 6,000 different fiber specimens, and only three of them proved satisfactory. However, each new opportunity provided a chance t...  Read More
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Bring Your Umbrella
by Ministry Support on December 1st, 2022
“Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then he said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.’” - Matthew 18:2-4  I read a story once about a small farming community that had been exper...  Read More
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Upgrade Your Equipment
by Ministry Support on November 30th, 2022
“The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ and the Lord said, ‘If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could stay to this mulberry tree, be uprooted and planted in the sea, and it would obey you,’” - Luke 17:5-6  If you are lacking clarity, it may also be time to cut off any connections and distractions that are preventing you from hearing what God is trying to say. To do tha...  Read More
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Talk to a Specialist
by Ministry Support on November 25th, 2022
“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” - John 15:1-2  Are you experiencing a disruption in your spiritual life? Yesterday, we discussed how God is our “digital connection.” The same urgency we place on making sure we have the connection we ne...  Read More
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Pray Specifically
by Ministry Support on October 18th, 2022
“When Jesus heard them, He stopped and called, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ ‘Lord,’ they said, ‘we want to see!’ Jesus felt sorry for them and touched their eyes. Instantly they could see! Then they followed Him.” - Matthew 20:32-34  If you want to get results in prayer, you first must understand you have to pray for the will of God. God will not answer you if you are asking for something ...  Read More
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Not Yet
by Ministry Support on October 9th, 2022
“I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry.” - Psalm 40:1  Sometimes, we must wait on God. As we mentioned yesterday, there is power in prayer. God wants us to go to Him with every thought, worry, or concern we have. Nothing is too small. If you care about it, He cares about it.  You might be saying, “But pastor, I have prayed to God. I have given Him my requ...  Read More
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Power of Prayer
by Ministry Support on October 8th, 2022
“One day Jesus told His disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up.” - Luke 18:1  One of the things we know as Christians is that prayer is the foundation of and for our spiritual lives. It is the manner in which we are able to tap into the power of heaven to obtain guidance, strength, and direction down here on earth. Prayer is not an elective in the university of Ch...  Read More
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The Gift or The Gift Giver?
by Ministry Support on August 8th, 2022
“Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’” - Matthew 22:37   Yesterday, we looked at the two key reasons God tests us: to purify and to clarify. If the test is to clarify something, then what God is trying to determine is whether He is our ultimate priority.   As Abraham and Sarah’s only son, conceived in their old age, Isaac was their...  Read More
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Pray About Everything
by Ministry Support on June 17th, 2022
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:6Mental health was one of the areas of focus at this year’s Winter Olympics. We saw athletes struggle under the pressure and suffer emotio...  Read More
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Only By Prayer and Fasting
by Ministry Support on June 9th, 2022
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” - Isaiah 58:6Mark tells a story in his version of the Gospel about an argument the disciples were having with the scribes one day, which got pretty heated. When Jesus approached them and asked what they were arguing about, a man in the c...  Read More
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A Sense of Burden
by Ministry Support on June 5th, 2022
“Then Abraham approached him and said: ‘Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?” - Genesis 18:23It is possible for you and me to pray prayers like Abraham did in Genesis 18 and move the heart of God. If we are going to do this though, we need to pay close attention to the ingredients within Abraham’s prayer.The first thing we discover is that if you want to pray a prayer that moves God,...  Read More
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A Desperate Man
by Ministry Support on June 2nd, 2022
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” - Matthew 7:7-8Yesterday, we talked about the power of prayer. If you have been a believer for any significant amount of time, you have likely seen just how powerful prayer can be, or maybe ...  Read More
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You Can Dream Again
by Ministry Support on May 10th, 2022
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that i...  Read More
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Work For What You Are Waiting For
by Ministry Support on March 14th, 2022
“He will also send you rain for the seed you sow in the ground and the food that comes from the land will be rich and plentiful. In that day your cattle will graze in broad meadows.” - Isaiah 30:23  While you are waiting on God, there are three things you can be doing in the meantime. As we have referenced the last couple of days, we see this from a woman in 1 Samuel 1, who was childless and spend...  Read More
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Stop Worrying
by Ministry Support on March 12th, 2022
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” - John 14:27  Over the last few days, we have talked about the time in between where you are now and where you want to be. You know, on the other side of God’s promise for you. You might have a promise you have claimed from God. You know there is somethin...  Read More
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False Evidence Appearing Real
by Ministry Support on January 30th, 2022
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10  A passenger hopped into his rideshare vehicle in order to get to a meeting on a busy morning. Not being too familiar with the area, he tapped his driver on the shoulder to ask about the route. However, the tap startled the d...  Read More
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Where Has The Time Gone?
by Ministry Support on January 10th, 2022
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” - James 4:8  Have you ever been reading your Bible or praying, and your mind wanders to something else—the tasks you must do for the day or week, your kids, the excitement of a new task or trip, or even the challenges you face ahead? Before you know it, you are asking “Where has the time gone?” Now, you are running late and off to take care of the ...  Read More
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A Solid Foundation
by Ministry Support on January 9th, 2022
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” - Matthew 7:24-25  The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world, standing at over 1200 feet. Accordin...  Read More
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Pray With Persistence
by Ministry Support on January 8th, 2022
“Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18  Today we conclude with the final ingredient to praying a powerful prayer. Not only should we pray with a sincere heart, pray with boldness, and pray will humility. Lastly, we must pray with persistence.   Jealous of Daniel, a group of supervisors and satraps convinced ...  Read More
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Pray With Humility
by Ministry Support on January 7th, 2022
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” – James 4:10  We have discussed the importance of praying with a sincere heart and praying with boldness. Today, we will focus on praying with humility.   Jesus told the following parable in Luke 18:10-14, “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God...  Read More
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Pray With Boldness
by Ministry Support on January 6th, 2022
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.”- Hebrews 4:16  Those of you who are parents may know how it feels to have someone constantly bartering and negotiating with you, “Daddy, can I get a candy bar and some ice cream, or Mom can I go to the movies or finally get a car.”  You may be prepared to say ‘yes’ or you may...  Read More
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A Sense of Burden
by Ministry Support on January 4th, 2022
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." – Matthew 11:28-30  Have you been burdened by life’s trials and tribulations? Are you living for the future, robbing you of today’s joys? Part of Cameron M. Scott’...  Read More
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The Power of Prayer
by Ministry Support on January 2nd, 2022
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” - Mark 11:24  There is power in prayer. As believers, we hear this a lot. But so often, we fail to comprehend the true power behind it; and more importantly, the power within the One to whom we are praying.   Mark 11:24 tells us, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, be...  Read More
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Praying For Others
by Ministry Support on January 1st, 2022
“Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right? - Genesis 18:25    There was a gospel recording artist named Helen Baylor who had a hit song back in the early 90’s that became popular because of the testimony she discussed—navigating the challenges of addicti...  Read More
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God Knows Best
by Ministry Support on December 23rd, 2021
“You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.” - Psalm 139:2-3  Sometimes, what we believe to be a good idea turns out to be the exact opposite. We learn this principle in Genesis 16 when Sarai (who had not borne Abram a child) suggests that Abram sleep with her Egyptian handmaiden, Hagar. This ...  Read More
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Push The Car
by Ministry Support on November 23rd, 2021
“Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared.” - Psalm 76:11    As believers in God, we should pray and believe like it’s all up to God, but work, serve, and sacrifice like it is all up to us. Something happens in the heart of God when we offer a sacrifice to Him by faith.   Not long ago, I was in my hotel in Atlanta. While I w...  Read More
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Are You Ride or Die?
by Ministry Support on November 21st, 2021
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” - Hebrews 11:6  Have you ever questioned God? Have you called out to Him and blatantly asked Him, “Are you going to do what you said you would do, God?” First Lady Jill Biden recently spoke about struggling with faith after her stepson di...  Read More
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Spiritual Stamina
by Ministry Support on November 8th, 2021
“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” - 2 Peter 3:9  The gap in time from when we want God to answer to the revelation and manifestation of that prayer can be very tough to wait through. This kind of waiting requires spiritual stamina. Abram and his wife Sarai wai...  Read More
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Something Deeper
by Ministry Support on October 25th, 2021
“Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ He asked. ‘Lord, we want our sight,’ they answered. Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. - Matthew 20:32-34  The story found in Matthew 20 shows that your breakthrough will come when you decide that you want something deeper in life. What stands out in this t...  Read More
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Our Perspective Is Not God’s Perspective
by Ministry Support on September 29th, 2021
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’” - Romans 12:18-19 We live in a world where we may often find ourselves asking, where is the justice? When will those who have been done wrong receive the consequence of their actions? It may be ...  Read More
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