Dec. 16 – 21 Days of Prayer

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.  Luke 18:1 NIV

Please refer to Dec. 2-7 for an explanation of ACTS in Prayer if you need it and spend a few moments doing each of these as you begin today…

A = Adoration

C = Confession

T = Thanksgiving

S = Supplication

Without going into all the details of Luke 18, Luke says Jesus told His disciples to pray and not give up; to persist in prayer.  One of the greatest men of faith I’ve ever read about, George Muller, prayed for over 50 years for two of his friends who needed to trust Christ.  Both men made decisions to trust Christ as Lord and Savior before they died.   Before these men chose to invite Christ into their lives, a younger Christian asked Mr. Muller why he continued to pray for them.   In essence, George Muller said that praying for their salvation was the will of God and since God laid them on his heart, he would pray until God answered.

Mrs. Rosie Vaught was a member of Grace Fellowship from its inception.  She died just a few months short of her 100thbirthday.  In an interview with her years ago, she told me she had prayed daily for 50 years for a church like Grace Fellowship to be planted in Wise County.

In other words: pray and don’t give up.  No one – no thing – is beyond the reach of prayer!

There may be someone you love who needs to trust Christ, but you think it can never happen.  PRAY AND DON’T GIVE UP.   As you pray for LIGHT, remember them and pray for their salvation as you pray for the people who attend LIGHT to also trust Christ as Lord and Savior.

 

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia

Who created the first electric light Christmas display?   Answer tomorrow!

 

 

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Dec. 15 – 21 Days of Prayer

So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”  Matthew 9:38 NLT

These were his instructions to them: “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.  Luke 10:2 NLT

Please refer to Dec. 2-7 for an explanation of ACTS in Prayer if you need it and spend a few moments doing each of these as you begin today…

A = Adoration

C = Confession

T = Thanksgiving

S = Supplication

While Jesus was physically on the earth, He couldn’t reach all the people in His own country or lifetime.  He trained His disciples with the insight they needed to understand the gospel which is the good news / the truth about Jesus.  When the Holy Spirit was given to them after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into heaven, they were empowered to take the truth of the gospel into the world.

It’s interesting that Jesus didn’t just ask His disciples to pray for people who don’t know Him.  Jesus also asked them to pray that God would send more people to work and serve His Kingdom in order to take the gospel to the rest of the world.   In addition to praying for God to send more workers into the world, maybe you should pause for a moment and ask God what part He wants you to play in serving Him and bringing the gospel to people who don’t know Christ.

Current demographic statistics tell us that  within a 30 minute radius of our church there are over 90,000 people who don’t know Christ.  Grace Fellowship is a regional church with many people driving between 15-35 minutes to attend and within that driving radius there are 1000’s upon 1000’s of people who don’t know Christ.  Our mission fields are huge and right in our own backyard; we need more workers who are investing in God’s Kingdom work.

As you pray for LIGHT, ask God to use every invitation we share to draw people to our Christmas services and for them to be open to the gospel of Christ.  Pray and ask God where you can serve during these services on Saturday night or Sunday morning because we always need more “workers”.   Would you also pray about where and how God wants you to serve on a regular basis at Grace?   Jesus asked His disciples to pray that more workers would be sent into the fields to help with the harvest “of souls”.   His prayer still holds true today!   Even though the context of Isaiah 6 is different from Matthew 9 and Luke 10,  maybe we should respond like Isaiah.

When I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”   Isaiah 6:8 NASB

  

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia

From yesterday: What was the original title for the popular Christmas song Silver Bells, written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans?    Answer: Tinkle Bells.    The name was changed to Silver Bells for obvious reasons; because of what “tinkle” meant to some people.

 

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Dec. 14 – 21 Days of Prayer

15 Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God’s people everywhere, 16 I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, 17 asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. 18 I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance.   Ephesians 1:15-18 NLT

Please refer to Dec. 2-7 for an explanation of ACTS in Prayer if you need it and spend a few moments doing each of these as you begin today…

A = Adoration

C = Confession

T = Thanksgiving

S = Supplication

In Ephesians 1:16, Paul said: “I have not stopped thanking God for you.”  Who are you thankful for?  Paul had an impact in the life of these Christians at Ephesus, but they also had an impact in his.  Who has impacted your life and relationship with Christ?   Why not spend a few moments thanking God for them, and then let them know of your gratitude for their influence in your life.

As we pray for LIGHT, ask God to use you and your influence in the life of someone who is far from God.  Ask Him to use you to love them in such a way that they’re interested and responsive to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  If they live in the area, ask Him to help empower your invitation to them to attend LIGHT.

Hopefully, there will be a day when they let you know of their gratitude for your influence in their life and you can rejoice knowing you had a part in helping them in their relationship with Christ.

 

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia

What was the original title for the popular Christmas song Silver Bells, written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans?    Answer tomorrow!

 

 

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Dec. 13 – 21 Days of Prayer

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 NIV

After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.  Mark 6:46 NLT

But Jesus oftenwithdrew to lonely places and prayed.    Luke 5:16 NIV

I’ve used a simple structure for prayer at many times in my life called ACTS in Prayer.  As we pray for LIGHT, our Christmas services on December 22 & 23, we’ll use ACTS in Prayer as a guide.  (Refer to Dec. 2-7 for an explanation of ACTS in Prayer if you need it)  Please spend a few moments doing each of these…

A = Adoration

C = Confession

T = Thanksgiving

S = Supplication

 What’s the common theme you see in the life of Jesus in the verses above?  Not only was prayer a habit of His life, He usually went to solitary places to pray.   Why do you think Jesus chose to do this?   What kind of application could you make personally from His example?

I hope you continue to pray daily after we finish these 21 Days of Prayer. I hope it will be the habit of your life and you’ll find a solitary place where you can get away from all distractions to talk openly and honestly with your Heavenly Father.  As you continue to pray & hope you’ll begin yearning and learning to listen to Him too.  We don’t have time to go into this today, but Chapters 11-15 of Too Busy Not To Pray have some great insights on how to slow down and listen to God.   I’m still learning because it’s difficult for me to slow down, but I’ve learned that extended times of solitude greatly enhance my capacity to listen and hear from God.

As you pray for LIGHT, find a place of solitude and slow down. Spend some time in solitude and listen for God’s Spirit to speak to your heart.   Ask God to help people open their hearts and minds during LIGHT so they can understand the love and light He has for them. 

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia

From Yesterday:  What large former retail outlet commissioned and published Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?   Montgomery Ward

They ordered a new Christmas book be made so that they could hand them out for free to customers, which would be cheaper than buying and giving away coloring books for Christmas as they had done in the past. They gave the task to Robert L. May who wrote Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 1939. In a surprisingly generous gesture, Montgomery Ward gave May the copyright for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

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Dec. 12 – 21 Days of Prayer

“Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector.  The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector!   I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’   “But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’  I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”   Luke 18:10-14 NLT

 I’ve used a simple structure for prayer at many times in my life called ACTS in Prayer.  As we pray for LIGHT, our Christmas services on December 22 & 23, we’ll use ACTS in Prayer as a guide.  (Refer to Dec. 2-7 for an explanation of ACTS in Prayer if you need it)  Please spend a few moments doing each of these…

A = Adoration

C = Confession

T = Thanksgiving

S = Supplication

One of the keys to answered prayer is genuine humility.  As you spend time praying today maybe it would be good to ask God if there’s anything sinful in your attitudes or actions that He needs to reveal to you.  Ask Him to point out a relationship you need to make right or an attitude that’s harmful to you and those you love.   If God brings something or someone to your heart and mind, confess it to Him and determine to do your part to make it right with others.  Ask Him to help you demonstrate an attitude of humility in all your relationships.

As you pray for LIGHT, ask God to help people humble themselves before Him.  Many times it’s pride that keeps people from opening their hearts to Jesus.  Satan will tempt them to think they don’t need to do this or they’ve not really done anything wrong.   Pray for the work of our enemy Satan to be thwarted in the lives of those who attend LIGHT; that their hearts & minds will be humble before God and they’ll respond to Jesus in humility.

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia

What large former retail outlet commissioned and published Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?   (answer tomorrow)

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Dec. 11 – 21 Days of Prayer

Jesus’ closest followers saw Him pull away for prayer often; prayer was the habit of His life.  One day they asked Him to teach them to pray.  Among other things, He gave them a guide that’s called The Lord’s Prayer. He didn’t give it to them to pray as a rote prayer with no meaning, but as a guide for their time alone with God.  Jesus said…

“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.   ‘Give us this day our daily bread.  ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]  For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.   Matthew 6:9:15 NASB

Our Father– if you’ve put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, never forget you are God’s child and you have a Heavenly Father who loves you with a perfect love.  God wants to hear from you and speak to you because you are His child and you are loved.

Romans 8:38-39 says there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can separate us from the love of God if Jesus Christ is our Lord.   If you didn’t have a great relationship with your earthly father, be thankful that your Heavenly Father is perfect; He loves you with an unconditional and unending love, and He will never abandon or hurt you.

As you pray, spend a few moments thanking God for this amazing truth. Thank Him for His love and grace. Ask Him to help you understand His love more fully so you’re better able to share it with others.

As you pray for LIGHT, ask God to open the hearts of the people who attend to receive His light and love through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Pray that your own heart will be open to experience the fullness of His light and love.

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Irish.
Irish who?
Irish you a Merry Christmas!

 

 

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Dec. 10 – 21 Days of Prayer

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.  If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7 TLB

I’ve used a simple structure for prayer at many times in my life called ACTS in Prayer.  As we pray for LIGHT, our Christmas services on December 22 & 23, we’ll use ACTS in Prayer as a guide.  (Refer to Dec. 2-7 for an explanation of ACTS in Prayer if you need it)  Please spend a few moments doing each of these…

A = Adoration

C = Confession

T = Thanksgiving

S = Supplication

Spend some time talking to God about your own needs and begin to thank Him for His blessings.   Maybe you’re concerned about someone in your family who’s far from God.  Today is a good time to talk to God about them. Focus on God and His power and let your worry give way to God’s peace.  Ask God to give you the ability and power to love them as you should.  If they live in the area, pray for them to attend LIGHT and for their heart to be open to God’s grace and love.  Ask God to give you an opportunity to invite them to attend with you.  Regardless of their response, ask God to empower you to love them as He desires.

Christmas Fun, Trivia, Jokes

I’m going to try something and hope it works.  If not, my apologies; this is my first time to try this.  Below is a Starbucks Card and Code.  Use it to have a cup of coffee on us today – until the card balance runs out.    You might want to ask them to check and make sure of balance before you get your cup of coffee!   I don’t know how to do this either, but if you want to add to the balance to bless someone else, feel free to do so at any Starbucks store.

 

 

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Dec. 9 – 21 Days of Prayer

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

Please spend a few moments doing each of these ACTS in prayer…(look back at previous posts if you need help understanding them)

A = Adoration

C = Confession

T = Thanksgiving

S = Supplication

Read 2 Chronicles 7:14 again and think about your own life, your family, our nation, our future.  I believe we need the LIGHT of Jesus to flood our lives, homes, institutions and government. As you pray for our Christmas services on Dec. 22-23, please remember to pray for our nation and our nation’s leaders and that God’s people will lead the way in turning from sin and in humility seek God with a whole heart.

As you pray for LIGHT, ask God to help people who attend, or watch online, to choose to turn from their sin, humble themselves and trust Christ.   In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  John 1:4-5 NIV

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia 

During World War 2, the “Bicycle” Playing Card Company partnered with US & British intelligence agencies and manufactured a playing card that would reveal a map of top secret escape routes for POWs when soaked.  Decks of cards know as “the map deck” were given as Christmas presents to POWs in Germany and the Nazis never knew.

To find out more & see a photo go to:

https://www.bicyclecards.com/article/a-map-inside-the-cards/

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Dec. 8 – 21 Days of Prayer

“And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words.” Matthew 6:7 NASB

I’ve used a simple structure for prayer at many times in my life called ACTS in Prayer.  As we pray for LIGHT, our Christmas services on December 22 & 23, we’ll use ACTS in Prayer as a guide.  (refer to Dec. 2-7 for explanation of ACTS in Prayer)  Please spend a few moments doing each of these…

A = Adoration

C = Confession

T = Thanksgiving

S = Supplication 

God’s interested in what’s on your heart.  Be honest.  Talk to Him about everything.  You don’t need to pray “religious sounding” prayers or long prayers. He wants you to simply talk with Him throughout the day.   Don’t use some formula that includes meaningless repetition or pray some cliché prayer over and over.   I know what it’s like to go through the motions of prayer without really praying; don’t make that mistake.  God desires us to be specific and talk openly with Him from our heart.

As you pray, think of someone specific you know who may be far from God and ask God to open their heart to the gospel (the good news) of Jesus Christ.   Ask God to give you the opportunity to invite them (and others) to attend LIGHT and for everyone who attends to open their heart to the truth of Jesus.

 

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia

Knock Knock.

Who’s There?

Jamaica.

Jamaica Who?

Jamaica cookie to go with that milk for Santa.

 

 

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Dec. 7 – 21 Days of Prayer

As you serve the Lord, work hard and don’t be lazy. Be excited about serving him! Be happy because of the hope you have. Be patient when you have troubles. Pray all the time.  Romans 12:11-12 ERV

As we continue to pray for LIGHT, our Christmas services on December 22 & 23, we’ll use ACTS in Prayer as a guide.  If you need a little more information or explanation please refer to the previous week’s posts.

Please spend a few moments doing each of these…

A = Adoration

C = Confession

T = Thanksgiving

S = Supplication

In Romans 12:12, Paul not only said pray all the time, he talked about serving.  We’ll have 5 Christmas services with 2 on Saturday night so we’ll need many more people to serve in various areas to do the best job possible of serving those who attend.  As a follower of Christ, we need to remember “It’s Not About Me”.   We’re here to share the LIGHT of Jesus with our community and world.  Please ask God to provide the people we need to serve in all areas of ministry during LIGHT.

To reach people who don’t know God or who are far from God, we need to serve.  You don’t have to pray about it being God’s will for you to serve Him in His church; the New Testament is clear that we should all serve.   If you’re not serving in some way, I am encouraging you to start serving and while you’re engaged in serving ask God to show you the best place for you to use the gifts and talents He’s given you to serve.

 

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia

Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Honda.
Honda who?
Honda first day of Christmas my true love sent to me…

 

 

 

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