Archive for January, 2013

Daily Prayer for January 31

January 31, 2013

THE JOY OF THE LORD IS YOUR STRENGTH

Even though I am a great-grandmother I haven’t forgotten those days when our children were young…when the three older children were in grade school and the baby was still at home. There were days when I wanted to stay in bed or run away. I was tired of nurturing; I needed someone to nurture me. If the dirty clothes hamper was empty I knew that in a few short hours it would be overflowing again…the children would be hungry before I completed cleaning up after a meal…there was someone who needed to be picked up. My body would be screaming for rest!

If you are a young mother you may identify with this…trying to keep house, drive carpool, meet the needs of a husband and children; struggling to make it through the day. You may, also, work outside the home. I encourage you to take control of your thoughts – turn to the one who is ever present. He will give you strength; the Lord will bless you with peace. Choose to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might. The Holy Spirit will strengthen you with energy from on high. He will help you maintain your joy. Take some deep breaths and ask the Holy Spirit to help you schedule times of rest–even though they may be brief. He is your Helper!

PRAYER OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Lord, I thank you for loving me. Right now I feel weary, but I choose to release my faith by acknowledging you as my Strength, my Rock, my Fortress, my Deliverer and my Shield. Your Word is active, operative, energizing, and effective. I give thanks to you, my Lord, I sing praises to Your name, O Most High, I choose to show forth Your loving-kindness in the morning and Your faithfulness by night for You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your works; at the deeds of Your hands I joyfully sing. The joy of the Lord is my strength, and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Amen.

Psalm 18: Heb. 4:12; Psalm 92; Neh. 8:10; Phil 4:13

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Daily Prayer for January 30

January 30, 2013

DIVINE HELP

When our son was in his addictions we turned to many for help, but there was no one who could assure us of his deliverance. We decided to be put our faith in God’s Word concerning children. The Holy Spirit helped us remain stable and fixed as we waited to see the salvation of God. There are two Intercessors who cannot fail: Jesus and the Holy Spirit. When my faith seemed at the end, the Holy Spirit was my Strengthener and Standby. After 28 years, which seems a short time in retrospect, we have seen the salvation of God; David is gloriously delivered and working in the ministry. God will never forsake you or leave you without support. He is ever present to help you in times of trouble and weakness.

PRAYER OF AFFIRMATION

Father, by the grace you have given me, I trust you and your promises. You said that you would never leave me nor forsake me. You are always with me, in every personal and business situation. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who is my Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Teacher and Guide. Though fear arises, I will not be dismayed because you uphold me with your victorious right hand in Jesus’ name. You are my Helper. Amen.

Isaiah 41:10; John 15:26; Hebrews 13:5

A Message from Germaine: Praying in Contemporary Times – Part I

January 29, 2013

My heart sang, “America, America, God shed his grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.”

 

Only a few short weeks earlier another song hounded me day and night!  The words and melody would not stop! “If you can use anything Lord, you can use me…take my hands, Lord, and my feet…touch my heart, LORD…speak through me.” (The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir)

 

It all began a few days after November 6, 2012. Weary, after many nights of tossing and turning, I said, “Lord, if you are playing havoc with my sleep, I need to hear from you!”  It was too early to be awake, but opening my eyes I was faced with dense, supernatural darkness. Fear was lurking, waiting for an opportunity to strike! On election night, 2012, America changed, and I was in mourning for our nation and the church!

 

A sense of discouragement overwhelmed me as I got out of bed and started down the hallway to my place of prayer. The sound in my head wouldn’t go away and I needed answers.  “God, what do you want? Lord, you can use me…How do you want to touch my heart? What do you want me to speak? What do you want me to pray?  How can I pray for our nation with confidence?” 

 

  • I (God) am at work in the man, Barack Obama (Phil 2:13)
  • Now is the time to be “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer (Romans 12:12, NIV).
  • Continue in my Word and occupy until I come.
  • Carry out to its completion the mandate I have given you.

 

Whether you are happy or disappointed that President Obama has been re-elected for a second term, you have an assignment from heaven.  On that dark early morning God touched my heart with His desire for the man, Barack Obama.  “I have multitudes praying for the President. Will you allow me to use your voice to pray for the man?”  I answered, “Yes, Lord.”  

 

My Bible was open to First Timothy 2, and I began, “God, I’m here to offer petitions, prayers, intercessions…could I please interview you?”  I was asking to Interview the Majestic, Holy God! Momentarily, I waited; I couldn’t believe that I was this bold…not bold, but desperate!

 

Next Week: The Interview

 

 

Daily Prayer for January 29

January 29, 2013

DESTINY

Walk in your destiny trusting the Father God to direct your pathway. All things are possible to him who believes, and God has promised that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. God is your Strength and you are self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency (Philippians 4:13). With God all things are possible.

PRAYER OF AFFIRMATION

Though some trust in chariots (riches) and some in horses (materials things), I will remember the name of the Lord, my God. You shall cause me to be as Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken or moved off course, and I shall walk in paths you have ordained for me. LORD, you surround me from this time forth and forever. In Jesus’ name, I will reach the destination you have charted for me, Father, bringing great glory to your kingdom. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Psalm 20:7; Psalm 125:1

Daily Prayer for January 28

January 28, 2013

GOOD MEDICINE

God’s Word is good medicine. Read and study God’s Word, consent and submit to His sayings…let them not depart from your eyes, keep them in the midst of your heart. For they they will be life, healing and health to all your flesh (Proverbs 4:20-22). Guard your heart, decide to have a happy heart everyday, practice smiling and laughing, think happy thoughts and your cheerful mind will work healing. This doesn’t automatically occur; you have to be determined to achieve happiness that isn’t dependent on circumstances. Remember the Father has given you a joyous spirit and a glad heart. He is your exceeding great Joy!

PRAYER OF AFFIRMATION

Heavenly Father, because you have turned my captivity and have done great things for me, my mouth is filled with laughter and my tongue with singing. Joy floods my being, and rejoicing covers my lips! The dark clouds of oppression are replaced with your goodness and its beauty, Father. The cheerfulness of my heart is as medicine to my spirit, soul and body. It is well with me because I am yours and you are mine. Your banner over me is love. In the name of Jesus, I rejoice. Amen.

Job 8:21; Zechariah 9:17; Proverbs 17:22; Song of Solomon 6:3

Daily Prayer for January 27

January 27, 2013

BLESS THE LORD

The Bible says that we have what we believe in our heart and say with our mouth. How much of your everyday conversation is devoted to negative, unfulling words? Do you talk more about the devil than about your Heavenly Father? Fill your mind with good things and speak words that are filled with grace and encouragement. Talk about the many blessings God has bestowed on you and your family, Eulogize God, speak well of Him, talk about His goodness and mercy. He has blessed you with all spiritual blessings in Christ! Let His praise be continually in your mouth.

PRAYER OF AFFIRMATION

Lord, I bless your holy name! I will not forget all your benefits – you forgive all my iniquities, heal all my diseases, redeem my life from destruction, and crown me with loving kindness and tender mercies. Thank you for satisfying my mouth with good things, so that my youth is renewed like the eagle’s. I worship you in the splendor of your holiness, in Jesus’ name.

Psalm 103:1-5; Psalm 29:2

Daily Prayer for January 26

January 26, 2013

CONFIDENCE

A lack of confidence will hinder your relationship with God, and often cause you to deny yourself the more abundant life that Jesus came to give you. Develop a strong faith. Developing an intimate relationship with the Father and learning who you are in Christ Jesus will fill you with confidence and assurance. Fill your thoughts and your mouth with His word and enter into the holy place by the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 10:19). The Lord Himself shall be your confidence, firm and strong, and He shall keep your foot from being caught in a trap of hidden danger (Proverbs 3:26).

PRAYER OF AFFIRMATION

Heavenly Father, you are my light and my salvation. By your grace, I shall not fear man nor become entangled in the ungodly traditions of men. I throw aside every weight and sin that has tried to ensnare me so that I might run the race you have set before me with confidence, efficiency and effectiveness. I seek to be temperate in all things and run this race to receive a crown of eternal blessedness with certainty. Father, in my life be glorified, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 27:1; Hebrews 12:1; 1 Corinthians 9:24-26

Daily Prayer for January 25

January 25, 2013

TRUSTING IN THE LORD

Where is your trust level? Do you find that you have difficulty trusting because of past painful relationship experiences? Sometimes a person will build a wall of distrust preventing those who would be a friend from getting close enough to betray them. Unfortunately this stronghold also prevents the individual from fully trusting God. God sent Jesus to bind up and heal your wounded heart, and He gives you the grace to forgive those who have hurt you. God is faithful–He is on your side. If God be for you who can be against you?

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Father, I thank you for giving me the grace to believe in you and your Word even in the midst of the storms of life, providing a place of rest for me. In the midst of seemingly impossible demands, deadlines and tasks at hand, my heart is steadfast, fixed trusting in you. Your strength and boldness are released to me as I confidently rest in your promises. In your presence I am refreshed, restored and renewed in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Isaiah 30:15; Mark 6:31; Psalm 112

Daily Prayer for January 24

January 24, 2013

ABIDING

Are you abiding (resting) in God’s Word–holding fast to His teachings and living in accordance with them? The Christian believer is a branch grafted into the True Vine, Jesus Christ. The life of God flows into your innermost being, and through your faith Christ actually abides in your heart to give you the power of understanding. God’s nature will remain permanently within you. Hide His Word in your heart, keep yourself in the love of God building yourself up on your most holy faith praying in the Holy Spirit. You are a living witness that God is good and merciful to all who call upon His name.

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

Father, I thank you for the fragrance of the knowledge of Jesus Christ, which flows through me to others. I abide in Jesus, He abides in me and through the power of the Holy Spirit, I am salt and light in the earth – a witness to him everywhere I go – in my home, the workplace, and to the end of the earth. I purpose to practice the presence of Jesus, and make choices that will honor you, Father. Thank you for leading me in triumph in every situation I face today in Jesus’ name.

2 Corinthians 2:14; Matthew 5:13-16; Acts 1:8

Daily Prayer for January 23

January 22, 2013

Destiny

God knew you before the foundation of the world, and saw you while you were being formed in your mother’s womb. He ordained and appointed you with pupose and destiny. He imparted special grace gifts into your DNA that are necessary for fulfilling His plan as you walk through the stages of life here on earth. You were created for His good pleasure and He rejoices over you with singing. He sent the Holy Spirit to direct you in your obedience and service.

PRAYER OF AFFIRMATION

Father, in the name of Jesus, I receive grace and peace which you have multiplied to me in the knowledge of God and of Jesus my Lord. Your divine power has given to me all things that pertain to life and godliness. Your grace gives me the ability to fulfill my destiny – walking in paths you have ordained for me. Your peace directs me and acts as umpire in all my decisions as I walk with confidence and assurance. I thank you for giving me the knowledge of Jesus Christ who called me by glory and virtue, and for giving to me exceedingly great and precious promises that through these I may be a partaker of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. I live and move and have my being in Jesus Christ my Lord! Amen.

2 Peter 1:3-4; Acts 17:28