Archive for June, 2006

Resurrection Life

June 30, 2006

Would you want to go back to your old life? I would never want to go back to a life of depression and fear. I didn’t like myself and the guilt of sin was almost more than I could bear. I can’t count the times I turned over a new leaf only to have it wither and die. On the day I encountered Jesus I passed from death to life. When you receive Jesus, He will make you your true self—your child-of-God self (John 1:12 The Message). Depression gives way to happiness and joy; self-hatred gives way to the love of God and for God. You learn to [habitually] live and behave in newness of life; this is resurrection power at work in you to make your ordinary life extraordinary. Hold your head high; don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. (Colossians 3 The Message).

PRAYER:
Lord Jesus, you are the resurrection and the life. Your resurrection power is in me, and I am appointed and anointed by you to abound in eternal work for your Kingdom. My victory is assured as I walk uprightly before you. No good thing will you withhold from me! I am accomplishing great exploits for your kingdom, and the best is yet to come, in Jesus’ name! Amen.
Scripture Reading
John 11:25
Psalm 84:11
1 Corinthians 15:58 Living Bible

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Prayer Points for July 1-15

June 29, 2006

Dear Global Intercessory Prayer Member,The world seems to becoming smaller with each news bulletin. Terrorists continue to organize operations against their own government and other countries. Let us pray especially for the children of these countries; so many are being taught hatred. Pray Psalm 91 for the protection of women and children from sex traffickers. May the Lord teach us how to release His love for all people everywhere according to John 3:16.

Visit http://www.gmi.org/ow/ for more information on the following countries.

Prayer Assignments for July 1-15:

Day 1—Iraq (Asia) – Pray for new government…for peace…that freedom will reign. It is reported that Some 40,000 Iraqi and US troops were put on the streets just after dawn, a day after President Bush flew into Baghdad and met PM Nouri Maliki. Pray for the protection of the Iraqis and the military.
Day 2—Ireland (Europe) – Pray that the wounds and divisions in Irish society might be healed and the whole of Ireland be at peace.
Day 3-4—Israel (Asia) – Pray for the nation’s spiritual restoration through Messiah Jesus (Romans 11:25-31). Go to http://www.prayers.org/viewprayer.asp?id=51 to pray the Prayer for Israel from Prayers That Avail Much Commemorative Edition.
Day 5-7—Italy (Europe) – Pray for the removal of the multiple strongholds (barriers) that conceal a true understanding of the gospel.
Day 8—Jamaica (Latin America) – Pray that government and church leaders may have the courage, moral integrity and determination to turn the country back from sin and darkness to the Light of the Gospel, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins…(Acts 26:18).
Day 9-12—Japan (Asia) – Pray for new leaders, writers and evangelists to communicate God’s Truth in the 21st Century…cost of living is very high…pray that God will supply the needs of foreign missionaries.
Day 13—Jordan (Asia) – Pray that Christians may be salt and light in Jordanian society, and may find ways to witness to nominal Christians as well as non-Christians.
Day 14-15—Kazakhstan (Asia) – Pray that long-held prejudices and spiritual bondages might be broken and religious tyranny avoided.

Remember Job when you are praying (read Job 42). When he prayed for his friends, God turned his captivity. Is there anything that you need today from our Father; is there anything that you need Him to turn around? Jesus said to ask you and shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.

I include you in my prayers every day.

Loving in Jesus’ Name,
Germaine
Your Prayer Partner

Faith for Finances

June 29, 2006

One of the most frequent prayer requests we receive concerns finances. Are you in debt and wondering how you will ever get out? Do you tithe: do you give? Our God is able to make all grace and earthly blessings come to you in abundance. You have choices; continue present spending habits, or change by believing God’s promises and releasing your faith. Your faith requires action: cut up credit cards, resist advertising that appeals to your emotions. Get financial counseling. A good friend of mine, Zoe Hicks and her husband, proved God by tithing when they were in need, and He opened the windows of heaven. In her book, Dream Catcher, Zoe writes: Whether we are head over heels in debt, striving to reach a financial goal for a future need, in need of money to fulfill a God-given vision, or seeking to use our money creatively to help those who are less fortunate, faith is a powerful ally. Get into the pattern of spending less than you earn and use the excess to pay down debt. Keep seeing yourself as debt free and imagining how great you will feel when you get there. Expect ideas to come to you on how to spend less or earn more or both. (Zoe M. Hicks, Dream Catcher: The Power of Faith, Muncie Indiana, Prayer Point Press, pg. 147 http://www.dreamcatcherhome.org)

PRAYER:
Father, it seems that we never have enough. But I’m here today to ask you to deliver me from financial bondage – from this debt that I’ve accumulated over the years. Forgive me for robbing you of my tithe, and I admit that I’ve been so consumed with my own needs that I haven’t thought about blessing anyone else. I release my faith in You asking the Holy Spirit to help me stand by your promise to supply all my need according to your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. You are a very present help in trouble, and You are more than enough. I submit to the constant ministry of transformation by the Holy Sprit, and purpose to pray for others who are in debt. Just as you did for Job, you will turn this captivity, and bless me that I might be a blessing to others. In the name of Jesus, I worship You only, and I will have no other gods before me. Amen.
Scripture Reading
Malachi 3:8-12
Psalm 56:1
Philippians 4:19
Luke 6:38
2 Corinthians 9:8
Job 42

CN Writes

June 28, 2006

I just want to thank you for praying for me after my wheelchair accessible van was stolen recently.  I’m a quadriplegic, & relied on that van as my only form of transportation.  My insurance co. offered me only $10,000 – not near enough to replace my modified van.  But then my lawyer, a fellow Christian, stepped in to help.  He took on my insurance co., pro bono (free of charge), & got them to reimburse me nearly 3 times the amount they originally offered.  He then raised over $6,000 in donations for me.  When that was added to the insurance money, I was able to buy a gently used van, in even better condition than my old one, within just 3 weeks.  Praise the Lord!

G Writes

June 28, 2006

David, thank you so much for the email.  It is very encouraging.  I ordered the Prayers that AVail Much book and ended up giving them to others whom I know needed them. Needless to say, I just got another one for myself.    Anyhow, I have some news.  Today my brother stated that he knows that Jesus Christ is the Lord.  This is a HUGE thing, I mean, HUGE.  A year ago, heck, a month ago, I don’t believe he would have said this.  My family was more than overjoyed.  We continue to pray for him.  Thank you for praying along side me.  Thank you thank you.

NM Writes

June 28, 2006

I wanted to forward an update on one of the prayer request that I had sent to you a month ago regarding a legal matter that I was having for 6 years.I went to court on Monday, June 5th – I knew the spirit of god was already in the midst. God was in control of the entire situation, because I knew that I was in the right.  I prayed and prayed and ask god to grant me justice over my adversary. Christ sure did showed me favor in the court room.  He used people that had no idea that they were being used my the spirit of god.My case never got before the judge. My case was dismissed without prejudice.  We serve an awesome loving god. Praise god for his everlasting grace and mercies.

Called To Fellowship

June 28, 2006

Fellowship with Jesus and sweet communion with the Holy Spirit opens your eyes so you can see God as a loving Father. Your view of God is usually formed by your perception of your natural father. If you grew up with a punitive, emotionally isolated dad you may see God the same way. If your dad was never there for you, or if he expected perfection and made no allowances for mistakes, that is probably your image of God. When you fellowship with Jesus, you will get a different image of your Heavenly Father. This God who made you wants you to know His character, and His plans for your life. When you fellowship with Jesus through the Scriptures you come to know this God and can be filled with His fullness. The Holy Spirit is your Teacher and He takes the things of Jesus and reveals them unto you. Jesus went about doing good and healing all those who were oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38). He did what His Father does, and He says what His Father says. Jesus is a true representative of the Father; to know Jesus is to know the Father.

PRAYER:
God, you called me into fellowship with your Son Jesus Christ my Lord and you are faithful. You called me to this through the gospel that I might share in the glory of my Lord Jesus Christ. You saved me and chose me for this holy work not because I deserved it but because that was Your plan long before the world began–to show Your love and kindness to me through Christ Jesus. Thank You for calling me; You are faithful to confirm Your word with signs and wonders for Your glory. I love You, my Lord God, with all my heart and with all my soul and with all my mind (intellect), and I shall love my neighbor as I do myself. Jesus, you are Lord! Amen
Scripture Reading
1 Corinthians 1:9
2 Thessalonians 2:14 (NIV)
2 Timothy 1:9 (Living)
1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NIV)

God Directs Your Steps

June 27, 2006

God knew you before the foundation of the world, and He chose you to be His very own. He searched out your pathway, even your lying down. The Lord himself says that His thoughts and plans are for your welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Jeremiah 29:11) God is acquainted with all your ways, and has laid His hand upon you, and the writer of Psalm 139 asks: Where could you flee from the presence of the Spirit of God? You are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that you may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for you. You can choose to take the paths which He prepared ahead of time that you should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for you to live]. (Ephesians 2:10) Who would want to miss out on God’s plan? Commit your education, your career, your future to the Lord and He will direct your path.

PRAYER:
O Lord, I know it is not within my power to map my life and plan my course. I commit my future plans to you – my education, whether I marry or remain single, my career, and my ministry. When I make a decision contrary to your will, correct me with justice, and lead me in paths of righteousness for your name’s sake. Thank you, Lord for directing my steps. Just as a mother and father are thrilled when their children take their first steps, You delight in each step I take. When I walk, my steps will not be hampered; when I run, I will not stumble in the name of Jesus. Amen
Scripture Reading
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV)
Jeremiah 10:23 (Living)
Psalm 37:23 (Living)
Proverbs 4:12 (NIV)

Where Can You Go?

June 26, 2006

When Adam sinned he moved from Eden, the garden of light, into spiritual darkness. He was estranged from his Maker. There was no way for him to find his way back. Fear controlled him as he tried to make it on his own. He had no hope, and was in the world without God. BUT GOD! He had a plan to bring his children back to Himself; He sent Jesus to take away the sins of the world. Jesus is the Way to the Father, and you can be reconciled to God. You can choose salvation and become the righteousness of God in Christ. In Him you become a brand new creation; old things pass away and behold all things become new! Where there was fear, now there is faith – faith in an awesome God whose plan for man’s salvation is available to all who will call upon the name of the Lord. Where can you go but to the Lord!

PRAYER:
Lord, you are my shield, my glory, and my only hope. You alone can lift my head, now bowed in shame. I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me from his Holy Temple. Then I lay down and slept in peace and woke up safely, for the Lord was watching over me. And now, although ten thousand enemies surround me on every side, I am not afraid. Salvation comes from God. Jesus is my Lord! What joys he gives to all his people. Amen
Scripture Reading
Psalm 3:3-8 (Living)

How Big Is Your God?

June 25, 2006

Are you acquainted with this awesome God who wants you to know Him intimately? Think about the wondrous things He has done beginning with the beauty of the earth. Hear the sounds of heaven released in the nighttime as the creatures of the earth make a symphony to the Lord. Who is like our God? Consider the bright light of a full moon as it shines through the oak trees creating playful shadows; twinkling stars announcing that our God rides on the wings of the wind. Hush, don’t you hear them singing the song of the Lord? Yet you and I sing a song that they cannot sing – the song of the redeemed! Isn’t you heart overwhelmed with the awesomeness of God? Just think the Creator is your God, your Lord, and your Savior! There is none who can compare to Him. He is a big God, yet He is small enough to live within your heart, even the heart of a child. Who is like unto our God?

PRAYER:
Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you–majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders? Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? You are magnificence, a big God, yet you have taken your place in my heart. You abide in me and I abide in You. Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God. You have done great things. Who, O God, is like unto you? You are my Lord and Savior, Creator of the heavens and earth. You are a big God – more than enough to help me in any situation. Oh, my God – you went before me and prepared the pathway that I am to walk. I love you with my whole heart, soul and mind. Amen
Scripture Reading
Exodus 15:11 (NIV)
Isaiah 40
Psalm 71:19 (NIV)