Archive for February, 2015

Daily Prayer for February 28

February 28, 2015

Love Corrects and Disciplines

This moment is etched vividly in my mind. It was early morning when I sat down on the sofa for my meeting with the Lord. After greeting the Father and acknowledging the presence of Jesus, I asked the Holy Spirit, my Teacher, to take the things of Jesus and teach them to me. Opening my Bible to Matthew 18, I eagerly began reading. Oh my, I was so joyful, so delighted to be in the presence of my Lord and Master when verse 10 stood up in huge letters! *Beware that you do not despise or feel scornful toward or one of these little ones…. My defenses went into action! I prayed. “God, you know that I’m Your child, and I would never despise one of Your little ones. How could I ever feel scornful toward anyone?” Then the Holy Spirit reminded me how I had once again dissected our pastor’s sermon, explaining where he was wrong. I could hear my husband’s voice: “This man has been studying the Bible for at least twenty years, and you began studying only two or three years ago. How is it that you have learned more in two years than he has in twenty?” Indignantly, I explained to my husband in a very firm voice that I had been studying longer than he knew anything about, and I had received “revelation knowledge.” Setting that aside, I attempted to read on, but verse 10 would not let me go. Finally, with tears of repentance I acknowledged my sin—despising and feeling scornful of one of my Father’ children. It was almost more than I could bear. An unresolved issue had motivated me, and I asked the Holy Spirit to please locate the origin of the destructive memories that opened the door for my incorrect perception and attitude. It was clear: I had never resolved my issues with authority figures. At last my issue was clarified and unraveled. God gave me the grace to be honest with myself and with Him; one layer of this issue was about to be resolved.

Prayer:
Father-God, I thank You for correcting me…You loved me too much to allow me to continue in my sinful pride and rebellion toward authority figures. Forgive me for allowing knowledge to make me proud of myself when all the time You desired that I learn to love as You have loved me. God, I know that “You looked beyond my fault,” and saw the unacknowledged pain and anger toward those who had abused me. Thank You for healing me according to Your will and filling me with peace and love and giving me the grace to accept Your forgiveness and the power to forgive myself. I choose life, I choose to be humble and teachable, and I am, in the name of Jesus. Father of spirits, I submit to You that I may live. You corrected and chastened me for my profit that I may be a partaker of Your holiness! Thank You that afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness as I submit to Your training in the name of Jesus, my Lord!
Scripture References: *Matthew 18:10 (AMP); Hebrews 12:7-11; 1 Corinthians 8:1; 1 John 1:9;                          

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Daily Prayer for February 27

February 27, 2015

Loving from Generation to Generation

The year was 1977. Our second grandchild, a bouncing baby boy, was born on this date. Joseph was chosen by the Creator of the universe to be born for such a time as this. He is our red-head with a mischievous twinkle in his eye and a keen sense of humor. Remembering those early years when he and his siblings would be at the house…sometimes he would lay down in the floor to watch television. Hearing laughter, I would hurry to the den where his younger sisters were taking turns walking on his back. I didn’t like the game they were playing, “Girls, girls, get off Joe! He is trying to watch TV!” Joe would laugh and say, “They aren’t hurting me; they are just having fun!” Joseph, the peacemaker and hard worker is compassionate and understanding, but don’t “mess with” his children!

Prayer:
Father-God, I praise You for our grandson, Joseph, who is a mighty man of valor and a man of prayer. You never leave him alone! You are with him when he walks through the valley and when he is climbing the mountain of victory. Beholding the glory of the Lord, Joe is being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. Your plans for him are plans for good and not for disaster, to give him a future and a hope. I proclaim that Joseph Copeland will hear Your voice in the night season and he shall do exploits in Your name and for Your glory, in the name of Jesus!
Scripture References: Judges 6:10; Hebrews 13:5; Psalm 23:4; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Jeremiah 29:11; Daniel 11:32                         

Daily Prayer for February 26

February 26, 2015

A People Who Love

Everette and I went to church totally unaware that our lives would be turned upside down in a few short hours. After going out for lunch we drove home. When we neared our turnoff we saw fire trucks with flashing lights approaching. Everette quickly turned into the road that leads to our house. The trucks also turned, and Everette pulled over to the side of the road to let them pass.  My phone rang. Lynn screamed. “Mom, Mom, the house is on fire!! I’m so sorry; it wasn’t enough that we disrupted your entire lives. Now we have destroyed your house.” Katherine and Luke were hysterical. (I didn’t know they were not home, and that neighbors had contacted Lynn.)  Parking on the street, we ran down our driveway where we saw more fire trucks, firemen, friends, neighbors and strangers, many with open arms. Smoke was pouring from one of the upstairs bedrooms. I was frantic as I searched for Lynn, Katherine and Luke, and was relieved to learn they were not home. Our pastor, Dr. Jimmy Long, and members of our small group came and stayed with us all afternoon. Friends from our church put a tarp over the section of the house that was burned.  Lives were turned upside down that day due to an electrical fire that began in an upstairs storage area. Lynn and her five children were homeless for the second time in less than two years. It would be five weeks before we found a place where they could be together again as a family. The outpouring of love from church family, neighbors, family, friends and strangers was overwhelming. Our house was damaged, our home has been restored with improvements, and the wind chimes are singing, “God is good and His mercy endures forever.”

Prayer:
Father-God, I thank You for the Body of Christ! We have been raised up to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus! I am a citizen along with all of Your holy people. I am so grateful that I am a member of Your family. Together, we are Your house, built on the foundation of the apostles and the prophets, and the cornerstone is Christ Jesus, my Lord and Elder Brother. You have joined us together in Him and we are becoming a holy temple for the Lord. Holy Spirit, help me think of ways to motivate others to acts of love and good works. When we meet together, give me words of encouragement, especially now that the day of Your return is drawing near, in the Majestic Name of Jesus.
Scripture References: Ephesians 2:6, 19-21; Hebrews 10:24-25                         

Daily Prayer for February 25

February 25, 2015

Loving as Little Children

While sitting on the porch overlooking the lake, I listened to the quiet voices of my grandchildren, and all is right with the world. Occasionally there is a flare up, but the disagreement is quickly resolved and they continue playing. I’ve seen neighborhood children resume playing while their parents continue arguing about who did what, etc. If only we would become like little children; loving, forgiving and trusting. Unfortunately, as we become sophisticated in our approach to life we often grow dogmatic insisting we are right. When being right becomes more important than relationships, strife strikes! The Bible tells us *“He who is of a greedy spirit stirs up strife, but he who puts his trust in the Lord shall be enriched and blessed.” Strife is a cancer that destroys relationships, causes wars, divorce and church splits. Where there is strife there is confusion and every evil work. Loving God and loving others even as we love ourselves is the royal law that displaces and uproots greed, selfishness and self-centeredness. **Loving God and loving others is the way we will win the world to Christ (John 17: 20-26). We are family. So, let’s work together and play together, preferring one another! Let’s be loving, trusting and forgiving. Let’s not be childish, but like little children; loving, forgiving and trusting. We are the children of God!

Prayer:
Father-God, I desire to put away childish behavior and walk in Your love which has been poured into my heart by the Holy Spirit. I am here to hide Your word in my heart that I might not sin against You. You have called me, and I choose to be humble and gentle…patient with others, making allowance for their faults because of this love. I choose to make every effort to keep myself united in the Spirit, binding myself together with peace.  I pray that I will come to the unity in my faith measure up to the full and complete standard of Christ so that I will no longer be immature and I will not be influenced when others try to trick me with lies so clever they sound like truth. I choose to speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of the church, in the name of Jesus!
Scripture References: *Proverbs 28:25; **John 17:20-26; Romans 12:4-5; Romans 5:5; Psalm 119:11; Ephesians 4:1-6, 13-15                         

Daily Prayer for February 23

February 23, 2015

Born of Love

A study of God’s Word reveals that Love is the greatest thing in the world. You were created to love and be loved. Far too many people have searched for love in “all the wrong places,” and feel unloved and unlovable. When you experience God’s unconditional love you receive a different perspective on life. His Love drives fear out of doors. From early childhood your thought patterns are developed by a generational culture that has been passed down by parents and grandparents. God searches for one in every generation who will let go of man-made defenses, and trust His love to fulfill that God-shaped hole in every soul. As a child you developed mental (soulish) defenses, which enabled you to function and protect yourself from additional hurts and disappointments. When you were a child, you spoke like a child, and reasoned like a child. The very defenses that helped you function in childhood become strongholds that work against you when you are an adult. The generational thought patterns squeezed your mind into certain brain twisters that affect your relationships, and you filter almost everything through distorted thinking. But now that you have become an adult, and are secure in God’s love, you can put an end to childish things. The image in the mirror that was shaped by the familial ideas of past generations created a false you, but now that you are born of Love you can see others face-to-face. You accept the person God created you to be and you can accept others knowing that God loves them as much as He loves you…just as much as He loves Jesus!

Prayer:
Lord of all, I am thankful that You have given me the authority to become a child of God. I belong to God, and everyone who knows God will listen to me. But the people who don’t know God won’t listen to me. That is how I can tell the Spirit that speaks the truth from the one that tells lies. I submit my emotions to the control of the Holy Spirit who helps me imitate You, my Father. I must love others because Love comes from You and when I love others, it shows that I have been given new life. All who have received Jesus are Your children and we know You. Father-God, You are love! When I walk in love I will know completely in the same way that I am completely known, in the name of Jesus!
Scripture References: John 1:12 (AMP); Ephesians 5:1; 1 Corinthians 13 4-13; 1 John 4:6-8                          

Daily Prayer for February 22

February 22, 2015

Love Heals Generational Pain

Rose married on the defensive determined that no man would ever “lord” it over her! Her mother demanded that they honor their dad and obey all the man-made rules of their religion. From elementary school through high school Rose was a sounding board for her mother. Rose intensely disliked her mother’s subservient attitude and wanted to know why an intelligent, talented grown woman would act like a child. Her mother’s response did not help, “I’m as afraid of your dad as anyone of you children! I married him out of obedience to God. There’s no one else who could live with him. When you get married, study your husband so you can know his likes and dislikes and do whatever is necessary to keep the peace. I have survived through prayer and the help of the Holy Spirit. Your dad says sometimes that he prays that God will forgive him if he worships me more than Him.” Rose listened but determined that she would not be like her mother. The pain and frustration were spinning judgmental and critical thoughts of resentment and rebellion. Rose carried her mother’s pain into her marriage.

Prayer:
Father, in the name of Jesus I bring my life and marriage to You. Forgive me for taking up my mother’s offense and sub-consciously holding my husband responsible for my dad’s sins. Today I let go of bad feelings toward my parents, and thank You for giving me a grateful heart for my husband. I no longer filter his words and actions through my twisted perceptions. Thank You for delivering me from the fear of man, which is a snare. I have received Jesus as my Lord and You are transforming me into the Real Me…the person You created me to be. Forgive me for being judgmental and critical toward others…I choose to conduct myself with all humility, gentleness, and patience. I choose to accept others with love, and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties us together. My husband and I are one body and one spirit, just as God also called us in one hope.  There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all. Father, thank You for healing the pain that I carried, and helping me see my life clearly that we might live for Your glory and Your honor, in the name of Jesus!
Scripture References: 1 John 1:9; Proverbs 29:25; John 1 (The Message) Ephesians 4:2-6 (CEB)                         

Daily Prayer for February 21

February 21, 2015

Love Keeps No Record of Being Wronged

It would begin with me sharing something I had read, and end with me screaming that I could not have said that because I had never thought that! By the time I had listed every perceived grievance that I had endured since the day we were married, I was spent emotionally and physically, and wondered how we got here again. “God, how will I ever learn to walk according to 1 Corinthians 13? Why won’t You do something about my husband? This battle of words is overwhelming and confusing.” The next morning I sent everyone off for the day, and took my usual place on the green sofa facing the picture window. I gritted my teeth and read 1 Corinthians 13 in the Amplified Bible again! The words almost jumped off the page, “Love (God’s love in us)… takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].” I did not hold a grudge and was quick to forgive everyone, except my husband. I had kept an account and the list was growing longer almost every day! Lord, forgive me! I choose to let go of the past, and will not rehearse those perceived wrongs any longer. I choose to forgive, pardon and accept my husband as he is. It’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer! (I may have whined: Why is it always me? Again?) My husband wasn’t reading this chapter, I was and it was time to let go and let God!

Prayer:
By the grace of God, I yield to the constant ministry of transformation by the Holy Spirit. I am being transformed into a gracious woman who retains honor, and a virtuous woman who is a crown to my husband. I purpose to walk wisely that I may build my house. Houses and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the Lord. In Christ I have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward me in all wisdom and prudence. Holy Spirit, I ask You to help me understand and support my husband in ways that show my support for Christ. *Teach me to function so that I preserve my own personality while responding to his desires. We are one flesh, and I realize that this unity of persons that preserves individuality is a mystery, but that is how it is when we are united to Christ. So I will keep on loving my husband and let the miracle keep happening! Just as my husband gives me what is due me, I seek to be fair to my husband. I share my rights with my husband, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Scripture References: 1 Corinthians 3:18; Proverbs 19:14; 1 Corinthians 7:2-5 PHILLIPS; Proverbs 31:10-31; *Ephesians 5 (The Heart of Paul by Johnson) Proverbs 11:6                         

Daily Prayer for February 20

February 20, 2015

A Love That Pursues the Generations

The call came on this day in the year 2002! God had given our granddaughter, Leah, a baby girl! God loves strong-willed people and it was obvious from the beginning He had given Tabitha a strong-will! God chose her before the foundation of the world to love as His very own! While she was being formed in her mother’s womb, His thoughts toward her were precious. He alone knew the abilities and gifts that she would need to walk the paths that He made for her. Tabitha loves her family and playing basketball. God have her a strong compassion for others and I believe that she will grow up to be a leader! Leader’s need strong wills, which are submitted to God, and compassion. God has great plans for Tabitha who cares for others and desires to help the poor.

Prayer:
Father, I pray for all my family – including children, grandchildren and their children, lifting them to You as living memorials. The multitude of blessings that have come down through generations will continue to multiply and overtake them. I ask You to reveal who Jesus is to them, and they will recognize and know that You are God! Our posterity–future generations–can never escape from Your Spirit! They can never get away from Your presence! If they go up to heaven, you are there; if they go down to the grave, You are there. If they ride the wings of the morning, or dwell by the farthest oceans, even there Your hand will guide them, and Your strength will support them.  They were born for such a time as this for Your purposes… to fulfill Your plans. The glory of the Lord has risen upon them in the name of Jesus.

Scripture References: Psalm 139:7-16; Esther 4:14                         

Daily Prayer for February 19

February 19, 2015

God’s Love vs. Human Love

It was Mother’s Day and I was away from home. Friends invited me to go to church with them, and even though I wasn’t sure that I wanted to hear another Mother’s Day sermon I decided to go. We found our seats and I read the words on the large screen behind the choir loft. It was a poem honoring mothers. I don’t remember the exact words, but it was written about “perfect” mothers who have amazing powers, who do their tasks without complaining, who care for everyone without any demands! My own mother, who practiced kindness, came close to the fitting the word picture, but she was not perfect…occasionally she reacted out of frustration! I desperately wanted to be the perfect mother, but I failed many times! My heart was stirred, and I prayed silently for hurting individuals who have been abused and neglected by their caregivers. Not every mother wanted children, some were diagnosed with mental disorders, others were alcoholics and drug addicts, and the list goes on! Human love is rooted in selfishness. Human love will never measure up to the Love of God! God’s love is perfect…He is love! God is Love and He loves His children unconditionally! His Love heals our hurts and brings us into wholeness! God’s love never fails!

Prayer:
Hear me as I pray, O Lord, be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard You say, “Come and talk with Me.” Lord, I am here to talk with You, and to ask You to forgive me for this unforgiveness and judgmental attitude that I have toward my parents and caretakers. Thank You for helping me even when I didn’t know that You were there. You love me and You love my parents and caretakers. I choose to forgive the caretakers and my parents for abusing, neglecting and abandoning me. I choose to believe that You will never leave me…You will never abandon me. You are the God of my salvation! Even when my father and mother abandoned me, You held me close. O LORD, teach me how to live, lead me along the right path, for my insecurities and self-rejection are waiting for me. Do not let me fall into their hands, for they are my accusers. No matter what others have done to, I am confident I will see Your goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Thank You, Father, for causing everything to work together for my good. I love You because You first loved me and I am called according to Your purpose for me. You have blessed me to be a blessing to others, in the name of Jesus!!
Scripture References: Psalm 27: 7-13 (NLT); Romans 8:28 (NLT); John 1                         

Daily Prayer for February 18

February 18, 2015

Learning to Love

On a beautiful spring day the back door opened and a voice said, “Well, you know what time it is…12:00…lunchtime!” Resentment and frustration immediately surfaced, but I didn’t say anything as I hung up the drying towel. I had just finished cleaning up the kitchen after the special breakfast we had enjoyed only a couple of hours earlier! As he walked out of the kitchen, I jerked open the refrigerator, pulled out the items I would need to prepare his lunch. My temperature was rising as he sat down at the dinette table, but I was determined to serve him so I walked over and slammed the plate down on the table before walking out. Quickly I made my way into the dining room, and silently cried out, “Again? I have failed again! I’ve been reading, praying and meditating on 1 Corinthians 13, but my behavior stinks! Show me what to do to prevent this from happening next Saturday, please.” The answer was so simple. The next week I prepared his lunch, wrapped it carefully and set it in the refrigerator where it would stay fresh. Now how easy was that? Of course, that is not the end of the story, but my Saturdays were more pleasant!

Prayer:
Father, according to Your Word I am to work out my own salvation. Thank You for helping me, for working with me! I desire to please You by learning to walk in Your Love that never fails. I choose the way of Love today for You have given me the Holy Spirit to fill my heart with Your love. I ask You to forgive me and deliver me from this selfish, self-centered, self-serving attitude, and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. I choose to submit to Your Love that endures long, is patient and kind in the name of Jesus my Example and my Lord.
Scripture References: Philippians 2:12-13; 1 John 1:9; 1 Corinthians 13 (AMP)