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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Mustard Seed Prayers-for the unsaved

Is your spouse, children or extended family not saved?    Keeping them before the Lord is the best place for your heart to be.  Leave your worries with Him and love them like He loves us.   When you tend to worry about them,  lift them up in prayer before the One who knows.
 Ask, seek, knock!  Ask Him for their salvation,  seek ways to love on them and keep knocking at God's door for them.  He loves them more than you do.
Praying with you!

Father, open ______ eyes so that they may turn from the dominion of satan to You, God, in order that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in You.  Lord,  You are not slow
about Your promise, as some count slowness, but You are patient toward them, now wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.  Lord, grant them a sorrow of repentance that leads to salvation,  because it is Your kindness that leads to repentance.
Acts. 26:18  Rom.2:4b  II Peter 3:9
Lord, as Your bond servant help me not to be quarrelsome, kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition to You, if perhaps You, may grant ________ repentance leading to the knowledge of  Your truth and that _______ may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
IITim. 2; 24-26

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mustard Seed Prayer-Marriage

When a man and a woman get married the two become one flesh....such a mystery to me.  Praying for us as husband and wife strengthens our relationship.
It keeps us focused on Him and not on ourselves or our spouse.  It is bringing our thoughts captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.
Praying with you!

Father,  that _____ and I would be of one mind, united in spirit, sympathizing with one another,  loving each other, compassionate and courteous, tenderhearted toward one another and humble minded.  Help us never to return evil for evil or insult for insult.  Help me to be praying for our welfare, happiness and protection.  That in our hearts we set Christ apart as Holy.  May you the God of endurance and encouragement grant ______ and I to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together we may with one voice glorify You the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  That we welcome one another as Christ has welcomed us for the glory of God.
I Peter 3:8-9 & 15
Romans 15: 5-7

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Opting out!

Do you sometimes opt out of a situation?  You just don't want to be a part of something and don't want to think about it?  You just want to veg?  You just don't want to deal with it?  Is there so much noise around you that you cannot think?

It is easy to opt out these days.  There is so much social networking and noise that can block it all out.
Facebook, pinterest, internet games, tv, you fill in the blank ________________.  You get on line just to see who is on facebook and that leads to other sites and first thing you know, you have been on there for 1+ hours and have not really done anything.  We even have smartphones that tell us when we have new e-mails, facebook notifications etc........  Oh and those mindless games that we can all get caught up in.  I find that it is particularly easy to do when dealing with lots of hard times in ones life.  In reality, we are only filling our minds with junk!  Does it bring us peace, no!  Now, I am not saying that all those things are bad, but, they are if you want to opt out.  

I have been going through a series of hard trials and I have to say that I have been caught up in those non-stimulating things.  I come away feeling more empty and wondering why I am so tired and not productive.  I have wasted so much time........

I don't think that getting on the internet is always a bad thing, or watching a good movie etc.  We just do not need to be consumed by it.  So how do we stop from letting mindless things consume us?
~ we don't have to check several times a day who and what is happening on facebook, twitter, etc.
~ we don't have to play that game several times a day.
~ we don't have to check our e-mail constantly
~  walk away from your phone, and shut off your will hear it when it rings.

What did we do when we did not have all this multi-media?  
And, to think we survived just fine without it.
I have been known lately to forget my phone when I go out shopping.  I just don't want to be tied down to it anymore.  I have lived through emergencies just fine when I did not have a cell phone.
I am thankful for my cell phone and computer......I like to keep in touch with my family and friends and it helps out a lot when it is needed. It has a time and a purpose.  
I just don't want it to consume me!

So, I start each day with Him in His word eagerly seeking a fresh word from Him for the day.  (I have never been disappointed).  
So now when I want to opt out of something I run to my scripture memory spiral and meditate and memorize on God's Word to help me see clearly His will.  It brings peace and great joy as I walk with Him.  I am constantly memorizing and meditating on His Word to see me through the hard times.  It brings refreshment to my soul.  And just when I need healing or a word from Him, the Holy Spirit reminds me of a verse that is just the right fit at that time.

And yes, I do use my phone for my memory is great to have when I am sitting somewhere waiting for an appointment, etc.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mustard Seed Prayers-Husbands

Our beloved husbands, the spiritual leaders, and providers of our families have much to deal with being out in the work force.  They are under constant stress, frustrations and temptations.  Mostly, they work in non-christian environments being pulled in all kinds of directions.  They are trying hard to provide for their families.  Some may not even know the Lord.  Let's pray together.

Help me Lord not to cease to pray for ______ and to ask that _______ would be filled with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of You, Lord to please You in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of You, God, strengthened with all power, according to Your glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to You Father, who has qualified ______ to share in the inheritance of the saints in light
Col. 1:9-12

That You the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that You may give to ______ a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of You.  I pray that the eyes of ______ heart may be enlightened so that ______ may know what is the hope of Your calling, what are the riches of the glory of Your inheritance in the saints and what is the surpassing greatness of Your power toward us who believe.  Eph. 1:17-19

Strengthen ____ to be obedient to those who are his employers, according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in the sincerity of his heart, as to You Christ, not by way of eye service, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing Your will God from the heart.  Encourage him with good will to render service to You Lord, and not to men.  Eph. 6:5-7

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Mustard Seed Prayers-Marriage

Marriage is to be held in high honor. When we married, two became one flesh. What God has joined together, let not man separate. It takes a lot of selflessness and sometimes hard work to keep it all together. Let’s pray together using His Word as our guide.

Matthew 1720Father, as _________’s wife, I ask You to help me to be submissive to him so that even if he is not obeying Your Word, he may be won over not by my discussion but by the way that I live.  It is not through my constant talking about an issue that wins him over. Lord, it is by the way that I live through You. It is not my outward appearance that draws him, but it is the inward beauty of the hidden person of the heart, a gentle and peaceful spirit, which is precious in Your sight. I do not have to be anxious and fretful about situations that arise in our marriage, but I can be still and peaceful about it because You are God. When things bother me about our relationship, let me run to You to work through it first, to bring my thoughts captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.
Help me to adore, praise, honor, appreciate, deeply love and enjoy him. May it be that I would look for ways to praise him, that I would be quick to let him know how much I appreciate him, and that I would take time each day to show him. Show me how to do that in the busyness of our lives. Now may You, the God of hope, fill me with all joy and peace in believing, so that I will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
(1 Peter 3:1-6 Amplified; Romans 15:13)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Mercies new every morning

Lamentations 3
This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord's mercies never cease, for His compassions never fail, they are new every morning, great is His faithfulness.  The Lord is my portion says my soul,  therefore I have hope in Him.  the Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.  It is good that he waits silently for the salvation of the Lord.  For the Lord will not reject forever for if He causes grief then He will have compassion according to His abundant lovingkindness.  Let us examine and probe our ways and let us return to the Lord, we lift up our hear and hands toward God in heaven.

I have often quoted the familiar verse of The Lord's mercies never fail, they are new every morning and great is Your faithfulness, O Lord.  I decided to go and read the whole chapter  where that verse is.  I was shocked at what I read.  So much affliction, pain and suffering.

~affliction- state of pain, distress or grief- the cause of continued pain of body, mind as sickness, losses, calamity, adversity, persecution- taken from the [1828 edition of Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language]   

Do you ever feel like everything around you is hard....everywhere you turn there is pain, grief distress?  Reading chapter 3 is full of it.  Jeremiah is talking about Israel's afflictions.  Some are from our own selves, from others, from the evil one.  We will have affliction in our lives.  I have great hope after reading this chapter.  Starting in verse 21, he recalls to mind and has hope.  No matter how hard life is right now, we can have hope too!

Ps. 34:19  Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

II Tim 3:11 persecutions and sufferings such as happened to me at Antioch, Iconium and Lystra what persectuions I endured and out of them all the Lord rescued me!

These are just a couple of scriptures that give us hope.  There are many more.  

I would love to hear from you,what  scripture verses  give you hope, so that we can encourage and build up one another.