Black History Commemorative Prayer

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God, our Father in heaven,

Hallowed is your name! Thank you for the privilege and access to come in confidence to your throne of grace, where we can obtain mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.  We come in the name of Jesus today. We rejoice in saying, you are our God; we worship you and you alone! Thank you! Thank you for daily provision, naturally and spiritually. Thank you for the plan of salvation through faith in your Son, Jesus the Christ, in whom through His blood is the remission of sin.  Thank you for forgiving us and for your enabling power that’s available so that we can forgive others. Father, thank you for the trials and triumph; for bringing us through the dark and evil days of yesteryear.  Thank you for those who bore the burden and paid the price for freedom as a people.  Let us not forget their sacrifice of life. And we pray for this generation to be willing to stand as they did; to stand for righteousness, justice, and equality.  Lord, open the eyes of our heart so that we understand as they did, the fight is not just for the present, but for generations to come.  Help us to not be so focused and selfish concerning our rights now, but to pray for your kingdom to come and your will be done in future generations.  Help us to realize that just as we stand on the shoulders of those who fought for us today, so must future generations stand on our shoulders. Therefore, we must be vigilant and alert, knowing that our adversaries are many, but you, O Lord is with us when we stand for righteousness and justice. Let us be the light that shines in this dark world! May we have the fortitude, boldness, and tenacity to stand fearlessly in the face of opposition and fight for what is right, speak out against what is wrong; that we will speak the truth in love, being confident that there is an invisible host much greater than those opposing us. We praise you, our just God, who sees all and knows everything; nothing is hidden from you; and in perfect timing, you will expose lies and reveal hidden truths that will set many people free! Father, as we commemorate Black History, we pray, let the good that we do today be a legacy we leave for tomorrow. May the truth that we stand on and declare today be words that will empower and transform lives tomorrow.

Thank you, Father, for empowering our ancestors, and our elders, to endure persecutions, to stand in faith and survive great adversity so that this generation could have a great cloud of witnesses cheering us on saying,

“Fight the good fight of faith! Sound the alarm and declare, ‘Let justice roll down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.’” (Amos 5:24). 

We pray, let us not grow weary in doing what is good and pleasing to You.  In the name of Jesus, we pray with thanksgiving. Amen.

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Bold Confidence

Faith

The book of Nahum is not a popular Old Testament book and the author is not one of the Major Prophets because the book is very short in length—only three (3) chapters. However, there is a powerful message that can build our confidence in the character and power of God. Nahum predicts and describes Nineveh’s fall. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, the most powerful empire during ancient times. The Assyrians were cruel and ruthless enemies of God’s people. But Nahum said:

“The Lord is slow to get angry, but his power is great, and he never lets the guilty go unpunished. He displays his power in the whirlwind and the storm. The billowing clouds are the dust beneath his feet.” -Nahum 1:3

Few people can stare into the face of such raw power as that of the Assyrian empire and come away unimpressed. Nahum did so only because he had seen a far greater power—the power of a God whose wrath could shatter rocks. If God was angry, how could Nineveh stand? Nahum’s absolute confidence in God is underlined throughout his book. Nahum sounds intimidating, almost lordly. He spoke with confidence because he knew God’s character.

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Do you desire to improve your prayer life, but just cannot maintain consistency? Are you a new believer or convert to Christianity and need help on how to develop and maintain a consistent prayer life? 
 
Good open communication can make the difference in the development of any relationship. If there is no communication, a disconnect is inevitable.  
 
The same is true with our relationship with the heavenly Father. For the Christian, prayer is a powerful privilege that keeps the lines of communication open between heaven and earth; it is the spiritual reality of a parent-child relationship that offers a sense of protection and provision even in the natural realm.  
 
Prayer Principles for Beginners is a resource to help you develop and maintain a consistent prayer life by providing the basics to get you started on the journey of a lifetime through prayer.  
 
By applying the basic principles and strategies outlined in this book you can start learning today how to develop your prayer life.  
 
Once you are in the family of God, your time spent communicating with your heavenly Father should be a pleasant and enjoyable time of intimate fellowship that results in spiritual growth and maturity. 
 
The author outlines six (6) guiding principles to help you. She discusses five (5) of the most common types of prayer with samples prayers. Also included are: 
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Prayer appetizers to motivate you to pray 
10 major hindrances to answered prayers
A plan for personal devotional time 
Personal testimony of the “simplest” prayer 

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More Laws?

More laws will not fix a heart condition.

Although the times have changed since the bible days, the spirit of the culture in this generation is very similar in the display of depraved behavior.  An unregenerate heart always acts out in lawlessness regardless of a generation or its culture.  Biblical history is a stark reminder that something more powerful than rules and laws are needed to change people from the inside out. (Ref. Jeremiah 17:9, 31:33)

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Psalm119DevotionalWe live in a hostile world. Our surroundings can pressure us to make decisions and choose paths that oppose God’s Word, but like the psalmist, no matter what challenges we face, we should always choose God’s way.

Meditation in the Word of God day and night should be to our delight. This devotional is a practical, simple and easy hands-on resource to draw us closer to God by meditating and praying in agreement with His Word for 22 days. After 22 days, meditating and praying God’s Word should be habitual.

You can read it over and over or whenever you feel the need to focus on the goodness of the Lord and the importance of having His written instructions for living. 

In the compilation of this devotional, the author provides twenty-two (22) meditations and prayers that correspond with the eight (8) verses within each acrostic beginning with each Hebrew alphabet. Hebrew definitions and keywords are also included.

22-Days of Prayer & Meditations in Psalm 119 will:

Encourage you to believe, stand firmly, declare, and obey God’s Word as the “final authority” in every area of life. 

Inspire and bring awareness to the need to submit to God’s instruction.

Manifest the transforming power of God’s Word through declaration and meditation.

Motivate you to seek God’s help by praying His Word and applying it to your daily life.

You will be refreshed time and time again in 22 days of prayer and meditation in Psalm 119.

 

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When It’s Time to Fight

 “Fight for your brothers, your sons and daughters, your wives, and your homes”, Nehemiah 4:14.

MP900387334I absolutely enjoy reading the books of Nehemiah and Ezra.  They are filled with wisdom and revelation for Kingdom assignments, especially building projects.  Your assignment could be to construct places of worship, community centers, orphanages, faith-based foundations and organizations,  homes or whatever God has instructed you to build.  Your special project may very well be “building” people’s lives, which is so desperately needed in this hour.  For example, spiritual building is also referred to in Ephesians 4:11-16.  Whatever the assignment God has entrusted to you, these historical books are packed with insight to help you build and overcome the opposition you will face in the process.

 In this particular post, I want to focus on the book of Nehemiah. Recently, I read Chapter Four again and came away with this insight:

 There will always be an opponent.  Before starting the building process, know opposition is inevitable.   Nehemiah teaches us how to handle it. When our enemies are in close proximity, it may be more intimidating than if they were at a distance.  Sometimes we become fearful and discouraged because of their ridicule and threats. 

‘Take note of this advice gleaned from Nehemiah:

  • Do not allow their threats to coward you down.

  • Do not be afraid of them! Instead “pray” throughout the entire process.  Prayer will keep you focused on your assignment and not the threats and mocking from your opponents.

  • Pray “bold” prayers such as Nehemiah prayed, “May their scoffing fall back on their own heads, and may they themselves become captives in a foreign land. Do not ignore their guilt. Do not blot out their sins, for they have provoked you to anger here in front of the builders”, Nehemiah 4:5. Remember you are praying against the diabolical assignments of the enemy, Satan.

 This is the time to fight spiritually, of course. Please understand I am not advocating physical violence, although the temptation to throw a few good punches will come to mind. That is why you must be prayerful and stay focused on what God has ordained.  If He assigns the task, He is well able to work through you to complete it. Your success is contingent upon your obedience to Him. I repeat, this is the time to fight. Why? God has given the approval to complete the work…finish your assignment. 

 Those working with you may become weary, fearful and weak. Some of your workers may murmur and complain because of the workload, but mainly because of the opposition from the enemy.   Nevertheless, as the leader assigned to oversee the project, you must do the following:

  • Remain in position to assess the situation
    Stay focused on the assignment
  • Remind the workers of our all-powerful, great and glorious Lord
  • Strategize and organize them to fight to the finish.
  • Encourage and motivate them to continue working. 

Notice what Nehemiah said, “Fight for your brothers, your sons and daughters, your wives, and your homes”, Nehemiah 4:14.  Your assignment is not about you.  It involves the plan and purposes of God, not only your immediate family, but others as well as future generations. 

 Stand!  Do not be afraid to fight when it’s time. How do you know when it’s time? When God sanctions the start of a project (assignment) and the enemy comes in like a flood.

 

Have you faced opposition lately in the work God has assigned to you? If so, how are you handling it?

Thoughts and Prayers

By Michael Brick and John L. Mone   of Associated Press

By Michael Brick and John L. Mone of Associated Press

 

Once again, grief and sorrow has invaded the lives of families and friends. This time, 1840 miles apart…from Boston to a small town, some may have never heard of–West, Texas.  Although the scenes were different, the pain is the same–immeasurable. Hearts are broken, people died, injuries are substantial and grief is like a blanket of darkness covering the minds of all affected. 

Some will call these explosions just coincidental . Some will dig deeper for hidden messages and spiritual meaning. Yet,  some will write them off nonchalantly as “life happens”.   Unashamed, I’m persuaded to believe nothing in life just happens!   Whatever you choose to believe, the one thing I believe we can agree on is that pain is not prejudice.  And as long as we live on this earth, pain is inevitable. Whether intentional or accidental, the one thing that these explosions, miles apart and different scenarios, has done is bring hope out of tragedy and turned our hearts and mind to prayer and solace in believing others are thinking about the injured and the many who face the pain of separation and grief.

When everything around us seems to explode, once again we are given the opportunity to embrace each other in love, offer words of comfort and pray believing that God hears and Jesus mourns with us, even though “evil” maybe rejoicing.   But in the fullness of His time, there will be no more pain, tears and sorrows.  This life, as we know it, will no longer be and those who believe and receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord will be with Him in eternity. This is our hope in times of adversity and tragedy.

Praying!