Archive for January, 2014

Daily Prayer for January 31

January 31, 2014

A New Prayer Adventure

Are you satisfied with your prayer life? Do you understand the motivation behind your prayers? The level of your prayer life will always correspond to the level of your spiritual maturity. As you grow spiritually, your prayer life develops a different tone. Do you know how to come to the Father as a little child? In the beginning my prayers were selfish, soulish and often emotional. My approach to prayer was born out of desperation, and I told God ALL about the situation that needed to change. Many times I told Him how to fix my problem.  It did not occur to me that I was the one that needed to be fixed. Finally, my situation grew to such proportions that I needed someone who could teach me to pray. There is an art to prayer and God has given His children the ability to understand the dynamics of prayer. Admittedly, prayer is an inexhaustible subject which transforms us and changes our motivations. Effective prayer is not motivated by emotions but by the Spirit of God. It is the Father who is glorified when our prayers are answered. I am ready; are you ready to begin a new spiritual adventure in prayer? Let us pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will be done on earth even as it is in heaven.

PRAYER:

Father-God, in the name of Jesus I abide in You — and Your words remain in me and continue to live in my heart. Therefore, I ask whatever I will, and it shall be done for me. When I produce much fruit it brings great glory to You Father, in the name of Jesus, I commit to a new adventure in prayer and I will not give up.  Jesus, You understand my weaknesses. So in Your name I come boldly to the throne of God to receive mercy and find grace to help when I need it. There are times I do not know what I ought to pray for, especially when I’m praying for others. Holy Spirit, I submit to Your leadership and thank You for interceding for me with groans that words cannot express. Search my heart and reveal the mind of the spirit to me because You intercede in accordance with God’s will. Therefore, I am assured and know that all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for my good and the good of others, because I love God and am called according to Your design and purpose. I resist the temptation to be anxious about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition [definite requests] with thanksgiving I continue to make my wants known to You. Whatever I ask for in prayer, I believe that it is granted to me, and I will receive it.  The effectual prayers of the righteous avail much, and I come with a heart of thanksgiving for You were made sin so that I could be made righteous. in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven! Amen.

John 15:7-8, 1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV Mark 11:24 AMP; Luke 18:1 NIV 2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT, Romans 8:26,27 NIV James 5:16 AMP; Romans 8:28 AMP; Philippians 4:6 AMP

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Daily Prayer for January 30

January 30, 2014

A New Approach

While watching the fantasy movie with my grandchildren, I was zoning out when God spoke, “My people don’t get it!”  Sitting up straighter I silently asked, “What don’t we get?”  The thoughts continued: “You don’t understand the meaning of believing and receiving.  Why do you come to me groveling and whining about your faults and failures? I am your Father!  Yet you haven’t really connected to who I am, you don’t know Me.” By now I was sitting up straight in the theater seat. God had my attention!  “The Kingdom of God is in you – in earthen vessels – your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, The kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  I love you, but I am not pleased when you approach me with an apologetic attitude trying to explain your behavior and justify yourself.  Why do you come proclaiming your unworthiness?  I knew you before the foundation of the world, and I loved you!”

Many years ago I approached God in fear and trepidation.  I didn’t know whether He would welcome me, or chastise me for something that I had done or hadn’t done.  The CD playing in my head went round and round, stuck on “you should have” – “or how could you say that?”  In my mind I could never measure up.  Maybe, I could say that my approach was at least hopeful; maybe, just maybe, He would hear me, but I was never sure. We do not to approach God on our own merits, but we approach Him because He invited us to the Throne Room of Prayer. Now we can have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, knowing that the Father loves us unconditionally and is eager to have come into His presence.

PRAYER:

Father-God, I thank You for inviting me into the throne room of grace where I can receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  I have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for me through the curtain, and since I have a great priest over the house of God, I draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with my heart sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and my body washed with pure water.   I hold fast the confession of my hope without wavering, for You have promised, and You are faithful.  With the help of the Holy Spirit I will consider how to stir up others to love and good works. I am glad to meet together with my brothers and sisters to encourage them and receive encouragement, all the more as I see the Day drawing near.

Scripture References: Hebrews 4:16; Hebrews 10

Daily Prayer for January 29

January 29, 2014

A Brand New World

My dad, a pastor for more than forty years, and I had been to a funeral. On the way home he said, “I want to talk with you about my plans for the future. Your mother doesn’t like to hear me talk about this so I want you to know.”  As we talked that day I knew that he had no fear of death. “Blessed Assurance” was his favorite song, and he requested it be sung often in his church services. He was a beloved pastor; he and mother enjoyed almost 64 years of marriage before she went Home to be with the Lord in May of 1996. In those last years, Rev. A. H. “Buck” Griffin, a physically healthy man was diagnosed with dementia. Almost every time I went to visit he would say, “I don’t know why the good LORD doesn’t take me on home.”  He was ready to go!  I cannot say enough good things about Hospice where he was the last ten or twelve days of his 96 years here on earth. On the morning of his departure my son, David, and I went by to see him. We talked quietly as melodious sounds of “Blessed Assurance” filled the room. Approximately three hours later, when we walked back into his room the song was still playing. The angels had come for this man who had served God since he was 16 years old. Words of comfort flooded my mind and heart, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.”  Blessed Assurance wasn’t just a song to my daddy; those words were life to him…reminding him again and again that “glory divine” awaited him. He lives today in a brand new world!

PRAYER:

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Teach us, Holy Spirit to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Satisfy us in the morning with Your steadfast love that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.  Let Your work be shown to us and Your glorious power to our children. Let Your favor be upon us and establish the work of our hands. Father, we are looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is our God. You will wipe away every tear from every eye and death shall be no more! O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!”

Scripture References: Psalm 90; Hebrew 11:10, 1 Corinthians 15; Revelation 21.

Daily Prayer for January 28

January 28, 2014

A New Call

The Word Ministries prayer team and I were on a prayer tour in North Africa. We had stopped in one of my favorite places to shop. We piled out of the car, stretched our legs and had an afternoon cup of coffee at one of the cafes. Sitting outside we enjoyed the view, and watched people as they walked by. Feeling refreshed, we crawled back in the car and soon left the village behind.  Our host and driver made his way up the mountain road where we would be free to pray. A November mist draped itself over us as we responded to the grace of God that had called us here to pray, and demonstrate His love to some of the most hospitable people I have ever met.  Just as we began praying for the people of the nation we heard the eerie sound of the Muslim call to prayer filling the air. Faithful men came from all sections of the town and entered the mosque for the mid-afternoon prayers. According to their tradition they kneel in respectful reference to pray. I thank of our host who requested we pray for the Imams; pray for the leaders of the areas where we visited. Lord, fill our hearts with the fire of your love, and let me see with your eyes of love and compassion.

PRAYER:

Holy Spirit, help us pray the intercession of Jesus who is able to save to the uttermost all of Africa. Jesus, we unite with our family around the globe. We are the church, and we are in agreement with Your intercession for the people of this vast continent. We are thankful for them and pray that all will be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth. The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. We earnestly ask You, Lord of the harvest, to send out laborers into these fields which are white unto harvest. In Jesus’ Name we bind their minds to the mind of Christ and pray that they will walk in wisdom and humility. Give spiritual strategy and cultural insight to Your laborers as they proclaim: The LORD our God is one LORD!  We praise You and worship You in the beauty of holiness!  We offer this prayer in the Name of Jesus!

Daily Prayer for January 27

January 27, 2014

New Worship

Awakening early morning from a “deep dream of peace” I heard music and words rising from within the depths of my being. I opened my eyes to moonlight dancing in my room and marveled at the sound. “How can I say thanks for all the things you have done for me…”  I yawned and stretched before throwing the covers back. Grabbing my robe, I hurried downstairs to start the coffee while the song continued.  I waited for the coffee pot to beep, then with my filled cup I hurried to my computer to do a search. It was still dark outside when I saw the composer’s name on my screen…Andrae’ Crouch. The memory began to flood my soul! Many years ago I attended one of his concerts at the Symphony Hall in Atlanta Georgia. This was my first worship experience after my sensational encounter with Jesus Christ, and I was excited!  Jesus loved me and I loved Him!  Taking my seat I waited expectantly and was soon thrilled by the sounds of worship as Andrae’ sang to the LORD.  I was pleasantly surprised when he asked us to stand and worship with him. Wanting God to understand my expression of worship, I sang with gusto!  Now I need you to understand that I had observed how the saints of the church worshipped God. I knew they were sincere and I tried to imitate them. I called up every ounce of energy and applied it to my facial expression. Every muscle in my face and neck bulged with power and there was a frown on my face.  I was worshipping to the best of my ability when the roof opened and I saw Jesus looking directly at me!  He looked relaxed as he kept time with the music. He looked into my eyes and SMILED!  Without thinking I relaxed and smiled back at Him!  He is looking for those who worship Him in spirit and in truth!  The more I love Him, the more I worship Him…the more I worship Him the more I love Him!  Come into His presence with singing and worship the King of kings and the Lord of lords!  Worship will change you!

PRAYER:

Lord-God, I come into Your presence with singing holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts! You are my God! The whole earth is full of Your glory! You are high and lifted up and Your train fills the temple. I have been redeemed, and my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. You are the Lamb who was slain and You are worthy to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!  All glory to You, my Father…all glory to the Son and all glory of the Spirit…the great three-in-one!  You alone are God and I worship You in spirit and in truth! Be exalted Oh Lord, above the heavens!  Let all the nations worship at Your footstool in the name of Jesus!

Scripture References: Isa 6:3; Psalm 99:5; Rev 5

Daily Prayer for January 26

January 26, 2014

A New Commandment

Driving through large cities and small town USA you find churches; rural churches tucked away in grassy pastures, uptown churches on street corners. You don’t have to drive far to find a church building, yet it still seems we have not learned to live by the new commandment that Jesus gave us…to love one another.  There is life in the prayer closet that prepares us to live outside the prayer closet, to love others as Jesus loves. He prayed that we would be a people united…that we would be one even as He and the Father are one. Where there is harmony and unity there is answered prayer. We have been born for such a time as this. This is the time for followers of Jesus to come together praying in agreement with the Word of God.  How do we learn to walk in love with one another?  We begin by praying for all saints everywhere…offering thanksgiving to the Father for people we have never met and for those who are near…in our families and our churches, and praying for our enemies. As we pray for one another with clean hands and pure hearts our love will grow more and more and we will have knowledge and understanding. We will see the difference between what is important and what is not, and have a desire to choose what is important.

PRAYER:

“Father-God, thank You for loving me. You are Love, and I remember that I am to love others as I love myself. I confess that if You can love me, I can love myself. If  You love me You can love and do love all people groups. I have become a partaker of Your nature, and it is because of Your love in my heart that I can overcome prejudice and bad feelings toward others. Thank You for giving me the faith that brought me into the blessings of Your grace that I now enjoy. I am happy because of the hope I have of sharing Your glory, and I am also happy with the troubles because I know that these troubles make me more patient. This gives me hope that never disappoints me because You have poured out Your love to fill my heart through the Holy Spirit. When we pray for one another, we may be healed and restored to a spiritual tone of mind and heart. Faith works by love, and without faith it is impossible to please You.  Create in me a pure heart filled with love from above, in the name of Jesus.  Amen

Scripture References: Philippians 1; John 13:35; 2 Peter 1:3-4; James 5:16 AMP

Daily Prayer for January 25

January 25, 2014

A New Pathway

Another milestone is drawing near. I have been reflecting on how God directed my steps that led me to a new pathway. It began in 1949. A song, “Far Away Places,” was introduced that year and became the theme song of a 15 year old girl.  At the time I was totally unaware that God would use the words of this song to lead me in the way that He had prepared for me before the foundation of the world. He used the words of this song to create a desire in my heart for “far-away places with strange sounding names.” Over time the sounds faded, but the melody and words were never forgotten.  A year later, I believed that God was calling me to the mission field, and I bargained with Him.  If He would allow me to marry and have children then I would go. (I forgot about my vow, but He didn’t.)  Twenty years later, stretched out on the carpet in our sunlit bedroom I was enjoying a cherished moment of solitude while the baby was asleep. Suddenly, walls disappeared. A long line of people marched in formation lined up against the horizon with no end in sight. Red, yellow, black, brown and white people, clothed in native dress began calling, calling me. God knew the plans He had laid out. Step by step He continues to lead me in His paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. I have traveled to a few of those far-away places, but my focus is writing Scriptural prayers for the Global Company of Intercessors that prays for every tribe and nation. You can go on this prayer journey with us by signing up at http://www.prayers.org

PRAYER:

My God, You are mighty and it is amazing that You planned for me before the foundation of the world! You loved me when I was dead in trespasses and sins. I was following the course of this world; following the prince of the power of the air…I was by nature a child of wrath like the rest of mankind.  But God, You are rich in mercy and because of Your great love You made me alive together with Christ—by grace I have been saved through faith. Now that I am Your workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which You prepared beforehand that I should walk I submit to You…the all-seeing One. Thank You for giving me a heart to pray for every tribe and nation. You so loved the world that You gave Your only begotten Son that whosoever believes on His should not perish but have everlasting life. I offer this prayer in the name of Jesus my Lord.

Scripture References: Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:16

Daily Prayer for January 24

January 24, 2014

A New Miracle

“Mom, mom,” my daughter cried.  “Stop the car!  Come around and catch this baby!”  Oh, my!  I had never delivered a baby, but I knew we were in trouble when a small left foot emerged. Oh, God, help NOW!  The birth of a child is always a miracle but Jonathan Luke Sutton, our 11th grandchild, needed more help than expected. He was born on January 24, 2005 at 2:56 in the afternoon.  Lynn’s water had broken at home so we hurried to get her in the car, and made a mad dash for the hospital where the doctors had put a stint in her kidney a few hours earlier.  About 10 minutes into the drive the peace of God consumed us.  Lynn told us later, “I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that the baby would be born in the car. The peace that passes all understanding came over me and I was in the presence of my God.”  Luke’s birth was very dramatic, and could have ended tragically for both mother and child, but prayer prepared the way for divine intervention.  The one nurse in ER who knew how to deliver a footling breech baby was still at the hospital. The doctor came around to the passenger’s seat where he supported Lynn while the nurse that God had “hindered” from going home delivered Luke who was not breathing.  BUT GOD!  Today, you would never know that he had a traumatic introduction to the outside world!  I believe in the God of miracles!

PRAYER:

Lord-God, Luke’s birthday is a day of celebration!  I rejoice because You produced something good from what the enemy planned for bad. You knew and planned for Luke before the foundation of the world, and he is here to fulfill his destiny to bring glory to Your Name.  Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit who taught me to abide in the vine through study, meditation, proclamation, praise and worship. I have kept company with You and You made a way when there seemed to be no way. I have opened up before You, and have kept nothing back, and You performed a miracle. You validated the lives of my daughter and her son. You stamped them with approval in the light of day.  I just can’t stop praising Your name!  Jesus, You are LORD and above You there is no other!  The LORD, our God is One!

Scripture References:  Genesis 50:20; Psalm 37:3-7 (MSG)

Daily Prayer for January 23

January 23, 2014

New Imagination

 

Your teenager is out on his motorcycle and it is raining. He is late and your imagination is running wild!  You see him lying in a ditch while cars zoom past him. You are sad and worried, filled with fear, because no one comes to his rescue. Before you realize it your imagination has him in a casket with the family standing around in shock. Feelings of anxiety have you wringing your hands and pacing the floor. You can’t even pray or think of a scripture. You need a new imagination!

 

One night when our son, David, was late coming home my imagination was running wild as I walked the floor. A strong suggestion surpassed the fear: you can walk the floor reading your Bible. Gasping: I reached for my Bible, turned to Psalm 91 and began reading aloud over David. I don’t know how many times I read it before anxiety disappeared. After I had gone back to bed, I heard the front door open and the hall light was turned off…David was home. You can resist vain imaginations and develop a new imagination!.  

PRAYER:

Father-God, forgive me for entertaining lying vanities that have become strongholds of worry and anxiety in my life. Holy Spirit, I receive You as my divine Counselor and Companion. I have tried to overcome these feelings and incorrect perceptions. I humble myself and ask You to reveal the origin of these feelings and thoughts of anxiety and worry, and heal those broken places in my soul caused by past events. As I renew my mind I renounce fear of the unknown and receive the healing that You provide. Fill me with light, truth, peace, and wisdom.  I receive and thank You for Your forgiveness; I allowed incorrect perceptions to dominate my thinking, and now my mind is renewed by Your Word. I ask You for grace to trust You more and receive the peace that passes understanding, in the name of Jesus. Amen.”

 

Scripture References: 2 Cor 10;3-5 1 Peter 5:6-7

 

Join Us in a Celebration of Marriage!

January 22, 2014

Spring of Life Couples Ministries 3525 Piedmont Rd, Suite 420 Atlanta, GA 30305

Please join Word Ministries’ Everette and Germaine Copeland in a CELEBRATION OF MARRIAGE
January 25th, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information or to register, please call 678-923-2032 or visit our webpage