Friday, April 24, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Giving joyfully. Father, I choose to give cheerfully and willingly, just as You have given so cheerfully and willingly to me (2 Cor. 9:7; Eph. 5:1-2).
Giving firstfruits. Lord, I will honor You by giving the first and best of all my income, not my leftovers (Prov.3:9: Mal. 1:6-8, 3:10; 1 Cor. 16:2).
Giving sacrificially. In light of Your love, it's a privilege to give even out of poverty. I choose to trust You enough to give even beyond my apparent ability (mk. 12:41-44; 2 Cor. 8:1-4).
Supporting ministry. You have instructed us to support those in ministry. May my gifts enable them to serve You more fully as they advance Your kingdom locally and abroad (1 Cor. 9:11-14).
Helping the needy. Lord, with the compassion You have put in me, I will give generously, without a grudging heart, to those in need--whether in my community or around the world. When I give to the poor, I'm ministering to You. Whom do You want me to help today
(Jas. 2:15-16: Dt. 15:10; Prov. 19:17; Mt. 25:40)?
Giving for God's glory. Father, You are the One who makes me rich in every way so that I can always be generous. I want my generosity to result in thanksgiving and glory to You, not to me
(2 Cor. 9:11; Mt. 6:1).
Spiritual Prayers for Your Finances by Brian Smith
Coming soon.....Spiritual Prayers for Your Finances #4 Sound Investing
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Lord God, I feel like the enemy has tracked me down. I feel as if he has tried to surround me, with eyes alert, to throw me to the ground. He is like a lion hungry for prey, like a great lion crouching in cover.
Rise up, O Lord, and confront him. Bring him down! Rescue me from his wickedness! (Ps.17:11-13).
Look upon the enemy that oppresses me, and let smoke rise from Your nostrils! Let consuming fire come from Your mouth!
Part the heavens and come down! Mount the cherubim and fly! Soar on the wings of the wind! Shoot Your arrows, Lord, and scatter my enemy! (Ps. 18:8-10,14).
By: Beth Moore Praying God's Word Day by Day A Year of Devotional Prayers
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Saturday, April 18, 2009
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Friday, April 17, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
It's a Wednesday night and you are at a church prayer meeting when somebody runs in from the parking lot yelling, "Turn on a radio, turn on a radio!"
And while the church listens to a little transistor radio with a microphone stuck up to it, the announcement is made: "Two women are lying in a Long Island hospital dying from a 'mystery' flu." Within hours it seems, this thing just sweeps across the country.
People are working around the clock trying to find an antidote. Nothing is working! California, Oregon , Arizona , Georgia , Minnesota , Massachusetts
It's as though it's just sweeping in from the borders.
And then, all of a sudden, the news comes out The code has been broken. A cure can be found. A vaccine can be made. It's going to take the blood of somebody who hasn't been infected, and so, sure enough, all through the Midwest , through all those channels of emergency broadcasting, they ask you to do one simple thing: Go to your downtown hospital and have your blood type taken. That's all we ask of you. When you hear the sirens go off in your neighborhood, please make your way quickly, quietly, and safely to the hospitals.
Sure enough, when you and your family get down there late on that Friday night, there is a long line, and they've got nurses and doctors coming out and pricking fingers and taking blood and putting labels on it.
Your wife and your kids are out there, and they take your blood type and they say, "Wait here in the parking lot and if we call your name, you can be dismissed and go home."
You stand around, scared, with your neighbors, wondering what in the world is going on and if this is the end of the world.
Suddenly a young man comes running out of the hospital screaming. He's yelling a name and waving a clipboard. What? He yells it again! And your son tugs on your jacket and says, " Daddy, that's me."
Before you know it, they have grabbed your boy. Wait a minute!
Hold on! And they say, "It's okay, his blood is clean. His blood is pure.
We want to make sure he doesn't have the disease. We think he has got the right type." Five tense minutes later, out come the doctors and nurses , crying and hugging one another .. some are even laughing. It's the first time you have seen anybody laugh in a week, and an old doctor walks up to you and says, "Thank you, sir. Your son's blood type is perfect. It 's clean, it is pure, and we can make the vaccine.." As the word begins to spread all across that parking lot full of folks, people are screaming and praying and laughing and crying.
Then the gray-haired doctor pulls you and your wife aside and says, "May we see you for moment? We didn't realize that the donor would be a minor and 20 we need . we need you to sign a consent form." You begin to sign and then you see that the number of pints of blood to be taken has been left blank.
"H-how many pints?", you ask.
And that is when the old doctor's smile fades and he says, "We had no idea it would be little child. We weren't prepared. I'm sorry sir, we need it all!"
"But but ... You don't understand."
"We are talking about the world here. Please sign. We need it all!"
"But can't you give him a transfusion?"
"If we had clean blood we would. Can you sign? Would you sign?"
In numb silence, you do.
Then they say, "Would you like to have a moment with him before we begin?"
Can you walk back? Can you walk back to that room where he sits on a table saying, "Daddy? Mommy? What's going on?" Can you take his hands and say, "Son, your mommy and I love you, and we would never ever let anything happen to you that didn't just have to be. Do you understand that?"
And when that old doctor comes back in and says , " I'm sorry, we've GOT to get started! People all over the world are dying. Can you leave?"
Can you walk out while he is saying, "Daddy? Mommy? Daddy?
"Why, why have you forsaken me?"
And then next week, when they have the ceremony to honor your son some folks sleep through it . some folks don't even come because they go to the lake or the seashore. some folks come with a pretentious smile and just "pretend" to care. Would you want to jump up and say, "MY SON DIED FOR YOU! DON'T YOU CARE?"
Is that what GOD wants to say? "MY SON DIED FOR YOU. DON'T YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I CARE?"
"FATHER, Seeing it from YOUR eyes breaks our hearts. Maybe now we can begin to comprehend the great Love YOU have for us."
Friday, April 10, 2009
If you don't know God, don't make stupid remarks!!!!!!
A United States Marine was attending some college
courses between assignments. He had completed missions
in Iraq and Afghanistan . One of the courses had a
professor who was an avowed atheist, and a member of the ACLU.
One day the professor shocked the class when he came
in. He looked to the ceiling and flatly stated, GOD if you
are real then I want you to knock me off this platform.
I'll give you exactly 15 min.' The lecture room fell silent. You
could hear a pin drop.
Ten minutes went by and the professor proclaimed,
'Here I am GOD, I'm still waiting.'
It got down to the last couple of minutes when the
Marine got out of his chair, went up to the professor, and
cold-cocked him; knocking him off the platform. The professor was out
cold. The Marine went back to his seat and sat there,
The other students were shocked and stunned, and sat
there looking on in silence. The professor eventually came
to, noticeably shaken, looked at the Marine and asked,
'What in the world is the matter with you? 'Why did you
The Marine calmly replied, 'GOD was too busy today
protecting America 's soldiers who are protecting your right
to say stupid stuff and act like an idiot. So He sent me.'
The classroom erupted in cheers!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Eternal priorities. Lord, I choose not to set my heart on the world and its passing desires, especially _________________(list the worldly things that lure you). I will love You above all by seeking first Your kingdom and Your righteousness (1 Jn. 2:15-17; Mt. 6:33).
Stewardship. I relinquish my owner mentality, that I might faithfully manage what You have entrusted to me, remembering always that I am accountable to You for its use (Mt. 25:14-30;
1 Cor. 4:2).
Work ethic. Lord, I commit now to work with all my heart, not to win the favor of men, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for You. It is You that I am serving (Col. 3:22-24).
Provision for family. I will not neglect my family. As I work faithfully, grant me the means to supply what they need (1 Tim. 5:8).
Borrowing. Lord, thank You for providing through Your Spirit the fruit of self-control. I choose to delay buying what I don't need until You supply the money. I commit to freeing myself from all outstanding debts except the continuing debt of love (Gal. 5:22-23; Prov. 22:7; Ro. 13:8).
Honesty. Lord, I refuse to pursue any form of dishonest gain, because ill-gotten treasures are ultimately of no value. I especially need help with ___________(tell Him about any current temptations). (Ex. 20:15; Prov. 10:2; Ro. 13:6-7).
Patience. I need wisdom, God, to resist the lure of get-rich-quick schemes, which lead to poverty. Provide me with restraint to gather the money I need little by little (Prov. 13:11, 23:4, 28:19-20).
Scriptural Prayers for Your Finances by Brian Smith
I hope these scripture prayers help with what you may be going through. Times are hard for everyone. It seems that all families are being hit with something or multiple things. Whether it is finances, family things (such as parents fighting, caring for elderly parents, sickness, rebellious teens, juggling home and work), loosing a job or finding enough work to keep your job. WOW, this is alot... and I am sure these are just tip of what some of us are dealing with. I plan to post later some prayers to help with each of these things.
Coming soon: Scripture Prayers for Sound Giving.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Ownership. Lord, You own the world and everything in it. All that I have belongs to You (Ps. 24:1; 1Chron. 29:14,16).
Material blessings. Thank You, God of creation for all the goodthings You've richly provided for our enjoyment--for food, clothing, and home; for entertainment and "toys" for ____________(list your specific blessings). Help me hold onto these things loosely, honoring You by using them for Your eternal purposes (1 Tim.4:4, 6:17; 1 Cor. 7:30-31).
God's generosity. Thank You, Father for the indescribable gift of Your Son! Thank you that Your divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him (2Cor. 9:15; 2 Pet. 1:3).
Gratitude. Lord, as I come to know You and Your ways, I am continually grateful for all things and for every circumstance--even the difficulties You allow for my growth. I will give You thanks everyday. Today I'm grateful for ____________________________________(Eph. 5:20; 1Thess.5:18; Job 1:21).
Contentment and trust. Father, forgive me for worrying that I might not have enough to live on. I see evidence of Your faithfulness all around me. I choose now to stop worrying and instead to ask You for __________________(tell Him what you need). Thank You for always providing exactly what I need (Mt. 6:25-31; Prov. 30:8-9; Phil. 4:6, 19).
Lordship. I resolve never to trust in wealth or to let it master me. you are my only Master (Ps.49:12,16-17; Prov. 11:28; Mt 6:24).
Scriptural Prayers for Your Finances by Brian Smith
Pass these along to friends and family who may be struggling with their finances or copy them for yourself. This is a subject that is hard to talk about. Why do we have such pride sometimes? We should put our faith and trust in HIM to provide for us. Sometimes easier said than actually done. Coming soon.....Sound Living.