Day 24: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts on Day 24: Pray remains an important aspect ion ever believers life. This is still something I am working at, and think it is something we almost always are working at. Keep talking to God, he is a good listener and will converse with you.

 

8 March 16

 DAY TWENTY-FOUR

“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace. (Matthew 6:6 MSG)

Praying has always been a battle for my time. Taking time to pray and meet with God should be my heist priority but for some reasons something “more important” seems to take my time away.

Jesus gave the disciples some directions in Matthew 6:6, that if we just attempt, would improve our prayer lives drastically. To often we try to pray in a room with lots of distractions. They may not be TV or radio distractions but visual items that keep our mind unfocused. Maybe it’s the dining room where while trying to pray you glance over into the kitchen and see the pile of dirty dishes you meant to do, not you are focused on that. Lots of other examples I could give but I think you get the point.

Some of the best times I have had in prayer is when I found an almost empty place in the house and waited on the Lord, or sitting outside in the majesty of His creation, away from all distractions.

The other point I want to talk about is that it talks about the focus shifting. Even if the first ten minutes of personal prayer seem all over the place or wandering I encourage you to keep pressing in, Jesus said your focus will shift from you to God, just don’t give up until you feel Him close and you have had some time alone with your creator.

Dear Jesus, prayer is a hard thing for some, myself included. I ask today You will help me to take sometime alone with You everyday and focus on You so that I can connect with You and receive direction for my life. Amen

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Day 23: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts on Day 23: Remember the saying “like a man who looks in a mirror, turns away and forgets what he looks like” This is what is happening in our churches. We see what needs to happen yet when we leave the church or meeting we go back to living as we always have. It is time for us to become the people God intended, we need to get to the mission of reaching the lost as Jesus asked us to.

7 March 15

  DAY TWENTY-THREE

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. (James 1:22-24 MSG)

I feel this verse sums up today “Christian” culture. We go to church on Sunday, are moved by the worship, touched by the sermon, but if you were to ask us what happened on Monday, we would be hard-pressed to tell you what the sermon was about. Now not everyone is like this.

How often do we actually put into practice what we hear God speak to us about on Sunday? Do we make a valid effort to apply the newfound commitment to purity or was it just a “because I was there” decision?

Three ideas I have to help you stop being just listeners but to work on applying truths into your life.

1) write down the commitment you have made. maybe you have a running list of commitments. Don’t be ashamed of this commitment. Place it in a place that is visible, not only to yourself but for others, saying “if you visit me I am not afraid for you to ask how this list is going.”

2) use the tools available to you to keep yourself on track. If your commitment is to share the love of Christ, but you for some reason are stuck in the house, use FB or Twitter to share Gods love.

3) keep connected with fellow believers. Keeping connected will help motivate you to follow through with your commitments as your friends will challenge you in your faith.

Dear Jesus, enough is enough, we spend too many Sunday’s at church listening then forgetting what we were challenged to do when our feet hit the floor Monday morning. Help us to become doers and act on what we hear, let us not forget who we are. Amen

Day 22: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisisted

6 March 15

DAY TWENTY TWO

Thy word have I laid up in my heart, That I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11 ASV)

Do you want to have a pure life? Do you want to be able resist the temptation of sin? Read Gods word. Meditate on in. Make it a priority in your life. One who has the word of God attached to their life is one who has a suit of armour on and can resist the enemy’s attacks.

Dear Jesus, do I have Your word fixed to my heart? If I don’t I ask You to motivate me to daily ready, study and affix Your word into my life. Let my life reflect you so I may take charge in the mission you have charged me with. I want to reach the lost, let me see them as you do. They matter to you so they matter to me. Amen

Day 21: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts on Day 21: If in reading my works you haven’t already picked up on it; I believe that no marriage is hopeless. We need to be teaching our children as well as demonstrating to them through our marriages that it is worth fighting for. Never give up on your spouse, we fell out of love is not an excuse but a cop out. There are extreme cases, but outside of those, we need to work at our marriages to keep them alive and fresh.

 

5 March 15

 DAY TWENTY-ONE
Romans 8: 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Ephesians 5 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

How much should we love our wives? Ephesians 5:25 states just as much as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her. How much does Christ love his church? Romans 8:38-39 tells us the love that Christ has for His Church.

Let that sink in for a minute. Do you love your wife that much? Wives do you feel that love?

Husbands if you feel that this kind of love is something you can’t offer, you are wrong. Marriage is not marrying the one you love but loving the one you married. Don’t stop working at your increasing the love for your wife.

Wives, if you feel unloved in your marriage, work on bringing love back. Do what ever it takes to rekindle your love, go on dates, turn the TV off, reconnect.

Together you can have this kind of love just like Christ has for the church. He doesn’t give up on the church, nor should you give up on your spouse.

Dear Jesus, we live our lives sometimes as fast-moving trains, we buzz past the problems and miss our stops. But God, we need help slowing down and rekindling the love that You want us to have for each other. The same love that You have for Your Church. Instill that in our hearts today. Amen

Day 20: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

4 March 15

DAY TWENTY

God said to Noah, “It’s all over. It’s the end of the human race. The violence is everywhere; I’m making a clean sweep. “Build yourself a ship from teakwood. Make rooms in it. Coat it with pitch inside and out. Make it 450 feet long, seventy-five feet wide, and forty-five feet high. Build a roof for it and put in a window eighteen inches from the top; put in a door on the side of the ship; and make three decks, lower, middle, and upper.

“I’m going to bring a flood on the Earth that will destroy everything alive under Heaven. Total destruction. “But I’m going to establish a covenant with you: You’ll board the ship, and your sons, your wife and your sons’ wives will come on board with you. You are also to take two of each living creature, a male and a female, on board the ship, to preserve their lives with you: two of every species of bird, mammal, and reptile-two of everything so as to preserve their lives along with yours. Also get all the food you’ll need and store it up for you and them.”

Noah did everything God commanded him to do. (Genesis 6:13-22 MSG)

“The Israelite cry for help has come to me, and I’ve seen for myself how cruelly they’re being treated by the Egyptians. It’s time for you to go back: I’m sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people, the People of Israel, out of Egypt.”

Moses answered God, “But why me? What makes you think that I could ever go to Pharaoh and lead the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:9-11 MSG)

One day long ago, GOD ‘s Word came to Jonah, Amittai’s son: “Up on your feet and on your way to the big city of Nineveh! Preach to them. They’re in a bad way and I can’t ignore it any longer.”

But Jonah got up and went the other direction to Tarshish, running away from GOD. He went down to the port of Joppa and found a ship headed for Tarshish. He paid the fare and went on board, joining those going to Tarshish as far away from GOD as he could get. (Jonah 1:1-3 MSG)

Three men. All spoken by God. Three very different responses.

We sometimes feel God only gives us small tasks we can do. And if we don’t do them well it isn’t that bad is it? God also assigns on occasion large tasks. The above three stories are large tasks.

Noah was told to build a boat and save himself and his family. Moses was told to free his people from the worlds largest empire of the time. Jonah was told to go preach repentance to the scum of the world.

So Jonah took the option on that God didn’t know what he was talking about. No one could love those people so instead of wasting his time visiting them he ran away and decided God could find someone else. Have you ever been asked by God to do something yet you feel it wasn’t something you should be doing so you didn’t do it or even went in the opposite direction?

Moses took the option of questioning Gods choice, he didn’t feel qualified and keep asking God for more help, in the end, he got the help he was seeking but lost out on the blessing God planned for his undivided obedience. Maybe you are doing what God is asking but you aren’t really giving it your all? Making excuses…

Then, Noah, he took everything God spoke to him and applied it. He had an overwhelming task and God knew it and blessed Noah and his family for their obedience.

Is God calling you to do something? Don’t wait to do it. Now is the time, hesitation may cause you to miss out on a blessing God has for you. God wants to us to change the world. Do not be afraid to follow His leading.

Dear Lord, today I will follow your voice. I will not hesitate when You show me direction. Motivate me to go forward in You. Maybe I am feeling self-righteous, unworthy or overwhelmed, I ask that you give me the strength and confidence to fulfil the mission you have called me to, reaching the lost. They matter to you so they matter to me. Amen

Day 19: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts on Day 19: When we focus of God and live a life that strives to follow him, our needs will be fulfilled and we can thrive. When we start to worry about tomorrow and trusting our own means of survival is when things get murky and trouble comes.

DAY NINETEEN

“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing-you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?” (Luke 11:10-13 MSG)

Why is this scripture in Luke so hard for us to follow? He tells us to be direct and ask He will provide. Are we spending time asking for our wants when we it should be about our needs?

Think about it, our needs here in this society are a far cry from the needs of a third world country where there the needs are food, water and shelter. Here we create our own needs. Having enough money to pay the bills each month may very well be a need but did all those bills come from needs or wants?

I say this just to make you think that maybe we need to start re-prioritizing our needs vs wants and bring the list to God in prayer, only then will you experience His good gifts.

Dear Jesus, I am trying to get by in this world, sometimes it feels like I am never getting ahead. If I am putting wants in the way of Your gifts for me I want to push them aside, for Your gifts are far better than the worldly desires of my heart. Amen

Day 18: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts on Day 18: Some of my originals were very short but effective. Enjoy.

2 March 15

DAY EIGHTEEN

“But he knows where I am and what I’ve done. He can cross-examine me all he wants, and I’ll pass the test with honours I’ve followed him closely, my feet in his footprints, not once swerving from his way. I’ve obeyed every word he’s spoken, and not just obeyed his advice-I’ve treasured it.
Job 23:10-11 MSG

Job was a man who was holy before God. Job kept his life pure and his purity was recognised by God. Can we say the same of our lives?

Job’s statement above is something we as Christians need to aspire to. Let us strive for this.

Dear Jesus, Help us to walk in faith, not falling off the path but staying on the straight and narrow. Help me to follow You in Purity and truth all day every day. Amen