Hebrews 11:6

“Now without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

The very fact that you believe in God is a blessing, but know that He loves to bless those who seek Him. Keep seeking Him for wisdom, for truth, for understanding…

…for mercy…

…for forgiveness…

…for peace…

…for His comfort…

…for freedom…

…for healing…

…for deliverance…

for joy…for His love and for His presence.

Have a restful evening and a wonderful day ❤

 

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The Prayer of One or the Prayer of Many

When I was reading in 2 Corinthians 1:3-11, I was struck by a verse that hadn’t stood out to me before, which is verse 11:

“And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety.” 2 Corinthians 1:11 New Living Translation

I am an advocate of prayer at all times and for all reasons. When anyone asks for my wisdom or advice regarding their situation, my first question is usually, “Have you asked God about it?” 

I know that God is faithful to speak to me and lead me when I ask for His help and wisdom. He has never failed to direct me or show me the right thing to do. I have learned to have faith in Him through the truth in His word and by seeking Him in my daily life.

The reality of God’s involvement in my life is tangible and evidenced by so many answered prayers. So when someone says something along the lines of, “I’m just one person…my prayers don’t count…”, I am quick to point to the word:

“…The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results…” James 5:19b NLT

This is  absolutely true. One person praying can make a difference. But I have been noticing something lately regarding the power of corporate prayer– especially in regards to praying for other believers:

When we as a body, as a group of believers, cry out earnestly for God’s help and intervention– and He in turn answers those prayers– the faith of everyone involved increases and God receives the glory! There are things we need to share and ask others to pray about. God wants to bless us all and see us grow in faith and in unity. Sometimes our answer depends on others joining their faith with ours and everyone crying out to God.

Think about Paul’s situation. He had been repeatedly arrested for preaching the good news about Christ. Christians were being persecuted and put to death for their beliefs. They were considered trouble makers and heretics from differing groups: traditional Jews, followers of pagan religions and an oppresive Roman government. When the Christians of Paul’s time heard about his imprisonment and impending death, it most certainly brought fear and anxiety for their own safety into question. Satan’s purpose in this was to stop the truth of Jesus from being preached, to shut the mouth of the Church, so to speak. It’s the same thing he tries to do today…

…but God.

Instead of the believers cowering in fear, they opened their mouths and prayed for Paul. The news of his escape and continuing missionary journey bolstered their faith in God and strengthened their foundation in Christ. There are so many instances in scripture of God’s people joining together in one accord and fervently praying for His will to be done and for His power to show forth. Check out these 3 when you have the time:

2 Chronicles 20:1-27

Acts 4:18-31

Acts 12:1-17 

There are ministers of the gospel in prison today who need our prayer support. The 1st one who comes to mind is Saeed Abedini, the Iranian American Christian being held in an Iranian jail. Please pray for him, his family and for other persecuted Christians who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus.

Pray for people you know who suffering with sickness and disease. Come together with other believers, crying out to God on their behalf. Our God is GOOD! He heals the sick and brokenhearted! Our church has been seeing an increase of people being declared “cancer-free” or recovering from heart attacks, strokes and other illnesses. The faith of many is being increased as we see God’s answers to our prayers.

My marriage was healed by God and I found Christ because God responded to the faithful prayers of my husband, and the other people he asked to pray for us. No godly prayer is unheard! No desperate plea is rejected.

If you need or want prayer for something, please post your request in the comments. We will pray for each other. And when He answers your prayer, we want to hear about that, too!

To God be the glory!

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Greater Grace

If you are struggling in any area of your life today—bring it to God.

 If you are battling hate, jealousy, condemnation, guilt or shame—bring it to Him and lay it out before Him.

Confess how you really feel; what you are truly struggling with…

 Is it pride, anger or fear? Don’t try to hide it or justify it—just spill it! God sees it all anyway, so why waste time trying to explain it or reason it away?

To me, this is one of the most wonderful things about being a child of God. We can come into His presence, as a child coming to a parent, and speak about what’s troubling us. Or confess the ugly thing we have noticed about ourselves.

It’s ok. God won’t condemn us or reject us. He has already made provision for us through the blood of Christ.

 But He gives us even more grace to stand against such evil desires. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but favors the humble.” James 4:6 New Living Translation

 Be encouraged today– but not simply encouraged– be changed and empowered to confront whatever is trying to hold you captive and keep you down:

 For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4

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Blessings!

When Promises Become Real

Since the focus of my posts have been on prayer, I want to share this nugget of gold from Francis Frangipane:

“When a Bible promise is made real to us by the Holy Spirit and we, in faith, pray God’s promise, we are seeding the unformed essence of reality with the Spirit of God Himself. This was Ezekiel’s mission when he prophesied over the valley of dry bones — he spoke prophetically over the bones and they became an army! Such is the nature of prophetic prayer: we not only know God’s promises, we proclaim them over our lives, our families and our churches.”

– In Christ’s Image Training, Prayer Track

Prayer for today:

Thank you for speaking to me in your word, Father. Your promises are great and precious, and I hold onto them in faith, confidently proclaiming them over my life, because You are faithful to bring them to pass. You will not fail me or forsake me, so if I start to weaken, revive me with your word. Thank you for the Holy Spirit who strengthens me and leads me into the truth, who reminds me of your words when I forget. Above all, thank you for the precious blood of Christ which sealed our redemption and made the way for us to be receive every good thing from your mighty hand. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Praying that you will have a word in this season to hold onto!

I am including a link to a past AOH post regarding this very topic. Read it if you have the time. It’s called Hope Against Hope

Blessings!

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In Christ Alone

“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” 2 Peter 1:2 NASB

 As we spend time with God, we come to know Him. As we learn from the Lord and walk with Him, we come to trust Him. In trusting Him, we find our peace.

 Our security is based on the promise that God loves us and cares for us. He takes care of us (Matthew 6:26-34). We are His, so we should not be afraid.

 These simple words were written by a man with first-hand knowledge of Jesus’ teachings and His ways. Peter had come to know the Lord in intimate detail through friendship & discipleship. He walked with Jesus, ministered alongside of Him, listened, studied, prayed & obeyed. Peter learned God’s ways through trial, error, correction, forgiveness and repentance. He went from walking on water at Jesus’ command to denying any association with the Lord when he became fearful for his life. In the end, Peter became a powerful witness of the love & mercy of Christ.

 This is the kind of relationship we should be seeking with the Lord. It’s the product of prayer, worship and time spent in His word. It’s formed in times of quiet reflection, in difficult circumstances, through trials and tests, in the face of temptations and through God-given victories. He has blessed us with His Holy Spirit to breathe life into the scriptures and to come along side of us and help us every single day of our lives. What a privilege, what an honor and joy to be so connected to our Creator- the lover of our souls.

 When all illusion of strength and material security is stripped away, all we have left is that which is hidden, that which is intangible. For the Christian, it is Christ, and He is more than enough.

 Rest in the peace that is found in God alone. Resist the temptation to be afraid– Your Heavenly Father loves you and He has your back.

 Blessings!

 “And now just as you trusted Christ to save you, trust him, too, for each day’s problems; live in vital union with him.  Let your roots grow down into him and draw up nourishment from him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done.

“Don’t let others spoil your faith and joy with their philosophies, their wrong and shallow answers built on men’s thoughts and ideas, instead of on what Christ has said.  For in Christ there is all of God in a human body; so you have everything when you have Christ, and you are filled with God through your union with Christ. He is the highest Ruler, with authority over every other power.” Colossians 2:6-10 The Living Bible

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