Archive for December, 2013

Daily Prayer for December 31

December 31, 2013

Trusting in the Lord

The ladies and I pulled our chairs together forming a circle.  We read First Kings 18:37-39 and Acts 3:1-6.  Then talked about how to apply these Scriptures to our lives. A demonstration of God’s power caused the people to cry: the Lord, He is God! In Acts when Peter spoke to the crippled man there was another demonstration of divine power. God wants us to trust Him to demonstrate His power through us so that our loved ones will come to know Him.  It was then one lovely young woman spoke: I have a trust issue and become fearful when I think that God wants me to do something.  We could identify with her and asked God to help us grow in grace that we might learn to trust Him more.

PRAYER:

To the glory of the Father I welcome you, Holy Spirit. I’m so grateful that You are my Helper as I prepare for the New Year. I humble myself before You asking for Divine Guidance.  In Jesus’ name I commit myself anew to Your plans and purposes, that I might run the full race completing the destiny to which You have called me.  I trust in You, Lord, I put my full confidence in You and Your word, and delight myself in You.  Father-God, be glorified in my life throughout the coming year as never before, in Jesus name.  Amen.

Psalm 37:3-5; Isaiah 26:4; James 4:10

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A New Year’s Devotion and Prayer for you from Germaine

December 31, 2013

This devotional, “Up and Running!”  is from my book, 365 Days to a Prayer-filled Life: 

Remember the energy you had a few weeks ago for last-minute shopping and cooking?  The excitement of seeing friends and family both come and go? The hurriedness of the season may have worn you out and all you want now is rest and peace. Take time to restore your energy, but don’t miss out on a time of celebrating the possibilities in front of you. This could be the year you see a long-held desire manifest for you. Every day will give you an opportunity to learn to trust God more. Enter this next calendar year with a pln. It is wonderful to have goals because they energize you for each day. Think about a new hobby or search out your hidden talents. The holy Spirit is there to help. Look for ways to connect with others who have a heart to share the good news and consider getting connected with them. The ideas and possibilities are endless as we decide to get up and running with the Lord!

“Father, in the name of Jesus I thank You for the year You have brought us through.  Thank You for the New Year ahead that is full of Your grace and glory for my friends.  Thank You for being their shield, their light and guiding them through all their days. Together we bless You and give You praise for each new day. Amen”

Happy New Year!

United in Prayer we Stand,

Germaine

 

Daily Prayer for December 30

December 30, 2013

The Tithe

My parents always tithed and gave offerings. One spring day my dad walked to his organic garden to find an invasion of destructive bugs eating up the young plants. Without hesitation, he went back to the house, picked up his Bible and asked mother to come outside with him. They walked to the center of the rows of vegetables where dad read Malachi 3:10-11 aloud and prayed: Father we have been faithful to your word and paid our tithes with gladness. Now I thank You for honoring Your Word that says You will rebuke the devourer [insects and plagues] for our sakes. Lord of hosts, we declare that you are Lord over this garden. They were not afraid to prove God. That year their crop was greater than every.  We all gave glory to God, our Father, as we enjoyed the fresh vegetables that summer! They had plenty to share with neighbors and friends.

PRAYER:

Father, it is our delight to bring all the tithes (the whole tenth of our income) into the storehouse that there may be food in Your house.  Lord of hosts, in accordance with Your Word, we prove You now by paying You the tithe where we receive our spiritual nourishment.  Thank You for opening the Windows of Heaven for us and pouring out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it, in the name of Jesus.  Amen.  (Setting Aside the Tithe, Prayers That Avail Much Commemorative Edition)

Malachi 3:10

Daily Prayer for December 29

December 29, 2013

Employment

It was many years ago when I was visiting a good friend of mine. Her mother invited me to stay for supper (we didn’t call it dinner in those days). She prepared supper, my friend and I set the table and waited for her father who was later than usual.  They were a happy family who loved the Lord, were active in their church. Little did we know that this father and husband, who had been diligent to provide for his family, was headed home with a heavy heart.  How could he tell them that he had been fired?  It was so humiliating and unfair. He had an excellent work record but now, less than 5 years away from retirement, he was told that he was no longer needed.   He had seen this happen to others, but because he was in corporate he felt that he had job security.  This family’s retirement had been snatched away; their dreams of moving out of the city shattered, but I’ll never forget his declaration of faith. With tears in his eyes, he maintained his faith in God and assured his family that their Heavenly Father would provide.  He added action to his faith: the next Monday he was busy looking for a job, and God did provide.

PRAYER:

Father, we pray for those in our nation who have lost their jobs.  You promised, and we believe that You supply to the full their every need.  You know their work records and what they are doing.  We ask You to set before them doors of employment that no one is able to shut.  We pray that they will prize Wisdom and acknowledge that You are the One who gives power to get wealth.  In everything they do give them the grace to put You first, and You will direct them and crown their efforts with success.  Cause them to increase in Wisdom and in Favor with You, Father, and with man, in the name of Jesus.  Amen.  (Employment, Prayers That Avail Much Commemorative Edition)

Philippians 4:8; Revelation 3:8 Proverbs 3:6; Proverbs 4:8

Daily Prayer for December 28

December 28, 2013

Family

Father, in the name of Jesus, we thank You for pouring Your Spirit upon our family from on high.  Our wilderness has become a fruitful field, and we value our fruitful field as a forest.  Justice dwells in our wilderness, and righteousness [religious and moral rectitude in every area and relation] abides in our fruitful field.  The effect of righteousness is peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness, quietness and confident trust forever. Thank You for my family in the name of Jesus.  Amen.  (Peace in the Family, Prayers That Avail Much Commemorative Edition)

Isaiah 32:15-18; Isaiah 33:2,6

Daily Prayer for December 27

December 27, 2013

NOTE:  If you do not have children I encourage you to pray for nieces, nephews and the children of your neighborhood.

Father, I ask Youto create in our children the desire to attend to Your words.  Give them willing and obedient hearts that they may consent and submit to Your sayings and walk in Your ways.  Cause their eyes to look straight ahead with purpose for the future.  May the tongues of our children be as the pens of ready writers, writing mercy and kindness upon the tablet of their hearts.  May they speak the truth in love, and may their hands do the works of the Father.  In the name of Jesus, we bind their feet to the pathways You have foreordained for them. (Prayers That Avail Much Volume 3)

Proverbs 4:20; Proverbs 3:3; Ephesians 4:15

Question from a Prayer Partner

December 26, 2013

The question today comes from Matthew 16.  How will we answer?

Who is Jesus?

Jesus asked, “Who do you say that I am?”   Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”   Only the Father in heaven could have revealed this to him, and He continues revealing “who Jesus is.” It was at a Christmas coffee where I met Sarah, our special speaker, for the first time. She shared about how Jesus revealed Himself to her.   Sarah said that her family did not believe that the Messiah had come. This Jesus that Christians referred to as the Messiah could not be the One “who is yet to come.”  In the Northern city where she lived as a child she and her family were called Jesus killers and as a result, she didn’t want anything to do with Christians.  Sarah grew up content in her belief system.  She had attended school, got her degree and was married to a wonderful man. After a few years her husband’s company moved them to the South. They were barely moved in when her husband had to go out of town, and she was left with boxes and more boxes…unpacked boxes everywhere. He decided to drop the children off at school on his way to the airport. Closing the door she took a deep breath, and was thankful to have her first morning alone in her new house. After her second cup of coffee, she set about the task of unpacking and it was nearing lunch time when she saw a book, Good News to Modern Man.  The title intrigued her and she read it while eating lunch that day.  Beginning with the first chapter of Matthew she was enthralled with the record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  She stopped eating, and read each verse slowly until she came to verse sixteen: Jacob, the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.  Suddenly, she said with awe, “You are the Christ, You are the Messiah!” 

Remember:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  In him was life,and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

 

Daily Prayer for December 26

December 26, 2013

Hearing the Voice of God

In the name of Jesus, I hear the voice of the Good Shepherd.  I purpose to listen to my Father’s voice, and the voice of a stranger I will not follow.  I roll my works upon You Lord, commit and trust them wholly to You.  You will cause my thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, and so shall my plans be established and succeed.  Thank You for Your love, in the name of Jesus I pray.  Amen.

John 10:27; Proverbs 16:3

Daily Prayer for December 25

December 25, 2013

Christmas Day Prayer

Father, we come to celebrate the Gift that You sent to us; the birth of Jesus, Emanuel, God with us. We pray that future generations will remember the sacred purpose of this celebration, and follow in our footsteps as we follow You.  Jesus, we acknowledge that You are the Word that became flesh and lived among us.  You are full of grace and truth, and from You we receive one gift after another.  I give You all that I have—I give You myself – spirit, soul and body, and pray that future generations will walk in truth.  Amen.

John 1:1, 14-16

A Message from Germaine Copeland: A Christmas Memory

December 24, 2013

 

A Christmas Memory

The year was 1949 and I was looking forward to Christmas. Late on Christmas Eve, I had the chance to understand life from a grown-up perspective.  All the children were in bed and from my bedroom I watched my Mother make several trips into the living room.  Just before midnight she realized that I was still awake. Pausing in the bedroom doorway, she motioned for me to come with her. I walked into the warm glow of the Christmas tree lights. She talked to me as a confidante, and I knew that I would never be the same.  In the quiet, she included me in “grown-up” family secrets and explained their financial situation.  For the past several weeks, the church members had cut their tithes and offerings drastically, and no one gave the week of Christmas, which meant the Pastor didn’t receive a check. Fortunately, Mother had bought Christmas presents for the three younger children a few months back and I received the two books I had request—but I would have to wait for the watch and new clothes. The next morning I sat on the couch rejoining with my sister and brothers as they opened their gifts. I learned the joy of Christmas—it is a time for giving.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Christmas Greetings from Germaine and Everette and the Word Ministries Staff