Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Speech and Your Heart

Matthew 15:18, Psalms 139:23-24, II Chronicles 7:14, Nehemiah 1:6

What expressions do we commonly use?  Many of those expressions show what is in our heart.  The Bible says that out of the heart, man speaks. (Matt 15:18)

New Years is a time to confess those wrong words spoken cleanse our heart, and to let Jesus cleanse our heart.  However, if we hide sin, in hidden places in our heart, he can't cleanse that.  That hiding of sin keeps us speaking wrong.

When you speak without thinking, are you using wrong expressions that actually address a false god, or something related, or down-grade someone?  To keep doing it is like a rut. 

To get out of that rut, we must confess all sin and let Christ work his cleansing in us. Consider this prayer:

Lord, show me what is not right in my heart, even those sins of my fathers which affect me today. Lead me in following your word, and in turning away from those sins by confessing them to you.  Cleanse my heart, Lord.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Celebrating Christmas...

Prayer Minutes PM#0476

 As we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate the coming of light into our world.  John 1: 9 says “There was the true light, … which lighteth every man, coming into the world.”  In John 1:4 the Bible says: “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”  That life reflected the nature of God, which is Love.  I John 4:8. 

What keeps us from accepting that love?  Many of us have grown up with fear, and have done wrong things which we don’t want to even speak about.   Those things have a hold on us like a rope around our neck that can’t be removed. Christ came not to judge us, but to give us life. 

We can have that life if we believe on Jesus.  John 3:16 says: “For God so love the world, that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish.” All we need to do is believe in Him.  Have you really personally done that? 

If not, then consider this prayer:  “Jesus, I believe in you as my savior.  Help me to love You.  Amen.”

Monday, December 12, 2011

Remembering Christ at Christmas


In the Christmas Season, and here is much hustle, traffic jams, and crowded stores.  There are beautiful lights everywhere, yes many are beautiful, but none are as beautiful as the true meaning of Christmas. 

Christmas is not about what we get, or all the glitter and lights.  Christmas is about a Savior being born for you and me.  It was a humble birth of one who showed love to many by caring for them, and was willing to lay down His life, so that we could have eternal life by believing on Him.

Why not this Christmas, take time to remember what Jesus Christ has done for us.  He came because He loved you.  If you have never put your personal trust in Him, and asked Him to be your Savior, don’t put that decision off.  Do it now, and pray this prayer:  “Jesus, I invite you to be my personal Savior and want you to help me love others as you love me.”

If you prayed that prayer for the first time, we would love to hear from you.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Prayer for Upcoming Leaders

Prayer for Upcoming Leaders
Based on Matt 13:3-7

John, is a man who appears to be an upcoming leader in your organization or church.  How are you responding to him?  Are you sitting on the sidelines watching, are you questioning his sincerity, or are you encouraging him and praying for him?

Most every one of us has probably seen someone like John.  Here is an interesting thought about upcoming leaders.  If they have encouragement, they generally do well.  When they do not have encouragement, then they are like the seed that fell on hard ground, and don’t often amount to much.

Encouragement does help people move forward.  Encouragement can be in the form of prayer for them, asking God’s help for them to grow and develop.

Consider a prayer like this in praying for an upcoming leader.  “Father, encourage my friend, John, who has been growing in the Lord and serving you.  May he look to you and your word daily.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.