“Woe To You Who Are Rich…”

Luke 6

"Woe To You Who Are Rich..."“Woe to you who are rich. You have received your comfort.” Luke 6:24

Lord, thanks for your comfort.

“Woe to you who are well fed. You will go hungry.” Luke 6:25

Lord, thanks for my daily bread.

“Woe to you who laugh now. You will mourn and weep.” Luke 6:25

Lord, thanks that through your Holy Spirit I can laugh at my problems because I know you care for me.

“Be my witness.” Luke 1:18

Testify as to what you have seen, heard, smelled, touched, and tasted. List the evidence of ways you have seen Christ act in your life and in circumstances. Do that and, “You will be my witnesses.” Luke 1:18

Come With Me By Yourself…

Mark 4,5,6

Come With Me By Yourself...“Jesus got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Mark 4:39

Oh that you would do that for me today, Lord. Knock down the waves and make the wind be still.

“Go to your family. Tell them how much the Lord has done for you.” Mark 5:19

Lord, have mercy on me today.

“Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor.” Mark 6:4

“Come with me by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31

Lord CARRY me to a quiet place with you today. I need rest. I need peace. I need healing.

 

My experiences are not worth anything unless they keep me at the source of truth – Jesus Christ. Oswald Chambers

Never support an experience that does not have God as its source and faith in God as its result. Oswald Chambers

2 Samuel 20

2 Samuel 20“We are the peaceful and faithful in Israel,” the woman said. “His head will be thrown to you from the wall.” 2 Samuel 20:19 & 21

David took the ten concubines and provided for them, but he did not lie with them. They were kept in confinement till the day of their death, living as widows. 2 Samuel 20:3

Lord, may I be brought into union with you. May my life be transformed and radiate peace and joy.

II Chronicles 8

II Chronicles 8The Lord appeared to Solomon. II Chronicles 8:12

Men who knew the sea sailed to Ophir (India). II Chronicles 8:17

Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Matthew 6:8

 

Lord, show me how asking for what you placed on my heart leads me to know you better. Please appear to me today. You know me. Help me to know you.  Amen.

II Chronicles 7

II Chronicles 7If my people will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their Wicked Ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive. II Chronicles 7:14

Fear the Lord, shun evil. This will bring health to your body. Proverbs 3:7-8

 

Lord, please helm me to remain humble and teachable. Help me to pray to you, seek only you. Help me to turn from my Wicked Ways and shun evil. Help me to hear you. Please forgive me of my sins. Amen

The Spirit of the Lord Will Rest …

The Spirit of the Lord Will Rest ...The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him. He will have the Spirit of Wisdom, Discernment, Counsel, Power, Knowledge, and Fear of the Lord. He will delight in the Fear of the Lord. ~ Isaiah 11:2-3

My Father, may I have your Spirit of Wisdom, Discernment, Counsel, Power, Knowledge, and Fear of the Lord. May your Righteousness be my belt. May Faithfulness be the sash around my waist. 

My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:26

Lord, I don’t seek honor, but I do seek work in your kingdom. Refresh my spirit, give me an advisory team and staff who understands your vision in this work. May your work and word prevail. 

God foreknew … he predestined some to be conformed to the likeness of his Son. God then called and justified (marked for a good and legitimate reason). He glorified. Will God not also graciously give us all things? Romans 8:29 & 32

Lord, you called; I answered. Please give me the resources, help, and vision to do this work. Transform me into the image of your Son.


Teresa would love to feel better and not have to struggle to pay her electricity bill. She faces the choice of remaining cold or trying to scrape together enough money to keep the lights and heat on. She thanks you for all she has. I ask that you bless her with the funds necessary to stay warm – in your arms, but also in her home. 

Father, Erin became extremely ill during the summer of 2015. Her body was damaged and still has not completely healed. Please heal and comfort Erin. You are in the restoration business. Please restore Erin.

Lord, Kathryn is bed bound, but you are with her. Please help Kathryn spend more time with you. Allow her world to expand in your presence.

Lord, please care for Annie’s old little dog, Jessi. Jessi is not doing to well. Annie doesn’t want Jessi to suffer. Please healAnnie’s dog or comfort her as she struggles with this tough decision. Lord, help Wendy’s neighbor, Iona, who had a stroke last weekend.  She’s 49 and is the single mom of two special needs children (one new adult, one tween).  Doctors say she has a 50/50 chance of surviving the stroke, and if she does, she will be paralyzed.  She is comatose in the hospital and on life support.  I know that Iona believes in you, but Wendy is unsure of her salvation.  You are a BIG God. Wendy asks for a BIG miracle for Iona and her family!

Please care and comfort Ann, who is 82, and in the hospital with pneumonia.

The Future Isn’t What It Used to Be

Nothing is impossible with God. ~ Luke 1:37 (NIV)

The Future Isn’t What It Used to BeIn 1890 Bishop Wright preached on the impending return of Christ. He said everything God had sent man to do on earth was done. A member of the congregation jumped to his feet and predicted that some day man would fly. The bishop responded with the infamous line: “If God had intended man to fly, he would have given him wings.”

When we view the whole of creation, we realize God’s work was indeed good—and incomplete. He did not give us wings with  which to fly, replacement parts for failing organs, or antibodies for deadly diseases. His creative work is a beginning; our job is to continue His work by subduing, improving, and imagining what can be from what is not—yet.

Prayer is the way we recognize potential in others. ~ Mark Batterson

When Mary learned she would become pregnant God’s anointed one, she asked, “How will this be?” The angel of God replied, “Nothing is impossible with God.”

You may not see yourself as a prophet, but you are one. ~ Mark Batterson

When we follow God wholeheartedly, we no longer bemoan what was or what isn’t—we anticipate what will be. “The call of God is like the call of the sea,” wrote Oswald Chambers. “No one hears it except the person who has the nature of the sea in him.” This call begins with the transforming work of Christ’s Spirit within us. When we allow Him to lead, possibilities abound.

Thirteen years after Bishop Wright preached on the impending return of Christ, his two sons, Orville and Wilbur, made the first powered flight by man at Kitty Hawk. What impossible task lies ahead of you? Sometimes all that is necessary is to respond with confidence to the task God places before us.

Prayer is the way we write the future. Mark Batterson

(Portions of this post excerpted from My Father’s Business.)