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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Dec. 6 – 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

I’ve used a simple structure for prayer at many times in my life called ACTS in Prayer.  During these first few days as we begin to pray for LIGHT, our Christmas services on December 22 & 23, we’ll use ACTS in Prayer as a guide.

In Romans 12:12, Paul said pray all the time.  As we’ve seen the past few days, a simple structure to use when praying is…

A = Adoration – slow down and focus on who God is and express our praise for His attributes.

C = Confession – I agree with God about my sin and ask His forgiveness.  It also means I ask anyone I’ve wronged to forgive me.

T = Thanksgiving – I express thanks to God for His blessings in my life; big and small.

S = Supplication – asking God humbly for help and includes praying for myself, my family, other people, and other needs.

Please spend a minute or so doing each of these.  As you move into supplication (humbly asking for help by praying to God) please join us in asking God for some specific things.

As you pray for LIGHT, ask God to encourage our church family to invite someone specific, and people in general, to our Christmas Services.  Ask Him to empower every invitation in the lives of those we invite so they attend with hearts open to the truth about Christmas.  Also ask Him to help me and our creative team as we prepare for these services; to have His wisdom, direction and creativity in planning and the execution of those plans.

 

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia

Knock Knock

Who’s there!

Anna!

Anna who?

Anna partridge in a pear tree.

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Dec. 5 – 21 Days of Prayer

God knows how often I pray for you. Day and night I bring you and your needs in prayer to God, whom I serve with all my heart by spreading the Good News about his Son.  Romans 1:9 NLT

I’ve used a simple structure for prayer at many times in my life called ACTS in Prayer.  During these first few days as we begin to pray for LIGHT, our Christmas services on December 22 & 23, we’ll use ACTS in Prayer as a guide.

The S stands for Supplication.   A simple definition of supplication is asking humbly for help by praying to God.   Supplication includes praying for myself, my family, other people, and other needs.  In the past, I’d break this down into categories and pray for different things on different days of the week.  Currently, I use 3×5 cards and rotate through the needs I’m praying for over the course of a week or two.

As you pray for LIGHT, ask God to show you someone you need to be praying for regularly.  Pray that God would bring people of influence across their path that would encourage them to take a next step toward Jesus.  Pray for them, as well as people in general, to attend our Christmas Services and understand what it means to receive the light of Jesus in their life.

 

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia

Answer to yesterday’s question…

The famous Christmas song was actually written for Thanksgiving. James Lord Pierpont originally titled the song “One Horse Open Sleigh” and performed it at his church’s Thanksgiving service in the mid-nineteenth century. Then, in 1859 the song was republished under the name “Jingle Bells”.

 

 

 

 

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Dec. 4 – 21 Days of Prayer

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.Colossians 3:17 NIV

I’ve used a simple structure for prayer at many times in my life called ACTS in Prayer.  During these first few days as we begin to pray for LIGHT, our Christmas services on December 22 & 23, we’ll use ACTS in Prayer as a guide.

The T stands for Thanksgiving.  I love it when my kids are grateful for what we do for them.  I love it even more when they take the time to express their gratitude. Someone said: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

Thanksgiving allows us to enter the presence of God (Psalm 100).  Take a moment to express thanks to God for your many blessings; for things as simple yet profound as being able to see and read.

As you pray for LIGHT, thank God for His blessings in your life and ask Him to help someone you know, and people in general, to understand what it means to be thankful for the grace of God through Jesus Christ through their involvement in our Christmas services.

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia

Jingle Bells wasn’t originally written as a Christmas Song.  Do you know what it was written for?   (answer tomorrow)

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Dec. 3 – 21 Days of Prayer

If we say that we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. We can trust God to do this. He always does what is right. He will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done.  1 John 1:8-9 ERV

 I’ve used a simple structure for prayer at many times in my life called ACTS in Prayer.  During these first few days as we begin to pray for LIGHT, our Christmas services on December 22 & 23, we’ll use ACTS in Prayer as a guide.

The C stands for Confession.    To confess means I agree with God about my sin.  This means getting specific and naming the things I know are wrong or that He brings to my mind that are wrong, and asking God to forgive me.  Confession is not saying: “Please forgive us of all our sins.”  Confession needs to be specific.  It also means I ask anyone I’ve wronged to forgive me.  Confession is like taking a spiritual bath and helps me maintain fellowship/closeness with God and others.

Take a moment to ask God to show you anything that’s wrong in your life and confess it to Him, asking Him to forgive you.  When it involves someone else, make sure you ask them to forgive you too.

As you pray for LIGHT please ask God to help someone you know, and people in general, to realize their need for forgiveness of their sin through Jesus during our Christmas services.

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia

From Yesterday…

What did Alvin want for Christmas in the Chipmunk Song?     A Hula Hoop

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Dec. 2 – 21 Days of Prayer

Praise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven! Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!  Psalm 150:1-2 NLT

I’ve used a simple structure for prayer many times called ACTS in Prayer.  During these first few days as we begin to pray for LIGHT, our Christmas services on December 22 & 23, we’ll use ACTS in Prayer as a guide.

The A in ACTS stands for Adoration.  Adoration means we slow down and focus on who God is and express our praise for His attributes.  An attribute is a quality, characteristic or character trait associated with someone or something.

When thinking of the attributes of God I’ll often reflect on a passage of Scripture I’ve read.  One recent example is Psalm 17:6-7 which says:   I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God.   Bend down and listen as I pray. Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. By your mighty power you rescue those who seek refuge from their enemies.

Reflecting on this passage allows me to praise God because He is a God of love and wonder who delights in listening to me and answering (in His way) when I pray.  I may also praise Him for being a powerful deliverer and protector I can trust when any enemy comes against me.

Would you take a moment to praise God in your own words, and praise Him for being a God of love and wonder.

As you pray for LIGHT please ask God to help someone you know (and others who attend) to understand the truth about God’s love for them during our Christmas services.

__________

Christmas Fun, Jokes, Trivia…

What did Alvin want for Christmas in the Chipmunk song?  (answer tomorrow!)

 

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