Posts with the tag “prayer”

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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Producing Fruits Of The Spirit
by Ministry Support on June 24th, 2021
“But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law…By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.” - Galatians 5:18, 22-23  One of the beautiful parts of following God is that you are lo longer subject to the law, but when you practice the fruits of the Spirit,...  Read More
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Living By The Spirit
by Ministry Support on June 20th, 2021
“Live by the spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want.” - Galatians 5:16-17  When you become a Christian, The Holy Spirit lives within you. The way you begin to live at this point changes. You are n...  Read More
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Go To God First
by Ministry Support on May 28th, 2021
David was in great danger; for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in spirit for their sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. David said to the priest Abiathar son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” He answered him,...  Read More
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Prayer Is Our Cornerstone
by Ministry Support on May 6th, 2021
Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you. (Psalm 50:15) If we are to truly know success in our day-to-day ministry, and if ever we should experience God’s greatness as servants of the Lord, then we have to make prayer the cornerstone of our lives and of our ministry.   The old saints were right. Prayer changes things, but it also changes people. In prayer, God will do for you what...  Read More
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Praying Fervently
by Ministry Support on May 5th, 2021
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. (Acts 12:5) As we have been discussing in Acts 12, Peter was connected to a praying church and when he was in jail, the church prayed for him (verse 5). Now that’s a beautiful picture if I ever saw one. Here is the pastor—the leader and under-shepherd of the local church—in trouble; and the church decides to pray for...  Read More
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Your Life Is Bigger Than You
by Ministry Support on May 4th, 2021
The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. (Acts 12:6) As we’ve discussed over the last couple of days, I believe Peter was able to sleep while on death row because he realized the importance of prayer; but I also think he was able to sleep because he had given up ownership of his probl...  Read More
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Becoming A Person Of Prayer
by Ministry Support on May 3rd, 2021
When he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray. (Matthew 14:23) Yesterday we talked about how even though Peter was in prison and on death row, he was able to be at peace enough to sleep. The question emerges then, how could a man under these circumstances go to sleep? How could he rest when he had a death sentence over his head and guards chained to his arms?   Wel...  Read More
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Time To Sleep
by Ministry Support on May 2nd, 2021
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. (Acts 12:5-6) While it’s true that the power of the church comes through prayer, that power starts with Peter being a praying individual. In Acts chapter 12, star...  Read More
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Praying Every Day
by Ministry Support on May 1st, 2021
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:6) Fifty-six years ago on February 1, 1965, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led more than 250 activists to the Dallas County Courthouse to register to vote. Despite their peaceful protesting, their collective demonstration of democracy was abrup...  Read More
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Trusting and Doubting
by Ministry Support on April 24th, 2021
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 16:13-16)As a devoted Jew, Peter was...  Read More
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Prayer Changes Things
by Ministry Support on February 9th, 2021
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)Yesterday we talked about how Simeon spent time in the Word of God in order to renew and recharge His faith when doubt about God’s promises crept in. Today, I want us to look at the importance of spending time in prayer if we want the Lord to not only move in our lives, but m...  Read More
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Praying All The Time
by Ministry Support on January 31st, 2021
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19)  Prayer is one of those things for which you can never do too much. The Bible makes it very clear that we should pray without ceasing, or without stopping. We should constantly be in prayer, communicating with our Heavenly Father ab...  Read More
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Prioritizing Prayer
by Ministry Support on January 28th, 2021
“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” (Ezekiel 22:30-31)  The language in our key passage describes the role that the High Priest played, and also portrays the problem, cited by God, that there was no one to be found who could fulfill the role of High Priest. It’s not...  Read More
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Just Keep Driving
by Ministry Support on December 19th, 2020
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12)  I once heard a story about a young man who was driving his grandfather someplace during a storm. As they were driving along the highway, the rain started to get heavier and heavier, to the point where the storm was making the young man’s vision blurry.   Worried about the storm, he asked his grandfather if he should...  Read More
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Complete In Christ
by Ministry Support on December 4th, 2020
And in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. (Colossians 2:10)  A few years ago, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, “Marriage responds to the universal fear that a lonely person might call out only to find no one there.” Here he associated marriage as a response to the “universal fear” of being single, where singleness is projected as a ...  Read More
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Big Prayers
by Ministry Support on October 8th, 2020
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. – Ephesians 3:20  Dr. Benjamin E. Mays once said, “It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn't a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It ...  Read More
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Reaching For Healing
by Ministry Support on October 7th, 2020
Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. - Psalm 30:2  Thomas Edison once said, "Many of life's failures are people who didn't realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Have you considered that today just might be your day? This might be the day that God wants to come through for you. This might be the day that God wants to answer the prayer you’ve been praying fo...  Read More
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