SWC Life

A Call to Prayer

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (KJV)

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;

First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people, 2 for [a]kings First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions and all who are in [positions of] high authority, so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This [kind of praying] is good and acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,

1 Timothy 2:1-3 (AMP)

If there was ever a time to “call the watchman” it is now.  We have our precious Pastor ministering in some very dark places.  We know that he is a “sent one” and has Gods authority to minister to all that He encounters, however, we have the privilege of being His back up in prayer.   His schedule is booked heavily with pastoral conferences and street ministry.  “ Father, we plead the Blood of Jesus Christ over Pastor and the team as they bring the Word of Life and Freedom to those in bondage. Give  strength and wisdom for those who are ministering to such deep need.  We pray for encouragement and courage for hearts who are beginning their personal walk with you, Jesus.  Father we know we have no real understanding of the darkness they face but we do know that you are LIGHT AND  LIFE.  Pastor Chris and the team are sent to penetrate the darkness  and proclaim your authority and power.  Encourage, strengthen and refresh  them.

Here at home, the need for prayer is so vital.  God has allowed President Trump to hold this place of power and authority.  Pray for peace and freedom from oppression both foreign and domestic.   The Church must answer the challenge to support  in prayer those in all positions of authority.  Father, we pray for wisdom and courage for each one, may they seek you for help and listen. Holy Spirit, protect and guide those who hold this overwhelming responsibility to govern this Country under God.

Our God is an awesome God, He reigns with power and might.

RS

Ever Feel Really “Out of It?”

I have….for instance, when I’m not exercising or sticking to my diet, and I just had a “run in” with a relative.    Have you ever felt like you’re just not worth much of anything?  Guess what, that was me this morning.  I came to work and started reading the prayer requests and praying for each one.  The Lord began to help me pray for each one and I began to sense His love and concern for each one in a very special way, giving me prayers to pray that my faith could believe.  My heart began to respond and feel His love and concern for all who are His (me included).  When you need a touch from the Lord, cry out for Him to touch someone in need, and you can get the blessing of His touch as well.

Why do we get so “down on ourselves,” when we don’t perform like we think we should?  His love sees through all the “stuff and fluff” and knows that we long to feel His touch and sense His presence.  Thank you Lord, that Your love is not limited by our ability to “feel” it.  When we believe that You and Your love is the same all the time, the correction is ours to make.  When we reach out to You for others, You can use our gesture to reach us in a way that we don’t open for ourselves.

Father, You will always find a way to reveal Yourself to a child in need.  Sometimes we just need to be aware and confess our need.  You are always ready to connect “Spirit to spirit” when we trust You more than our feelings.  However, You delight in refreshing us in all areas of our lives.  Help us to believe that we are one with You and each other in Your sight because of all You accomplished when You walked on earth and lived in a body like ours.  Thank you, Lord Jesus; You believe in us as we  grow and mature in our believing in You.

Fill My Cup Lord.

At the multi church meeting it was mentioned that the Lord was going to be “refilling” his people   At  that time I had a picture in my mind of a hand holding out a cup to be refilled.  When a person came to refill the cup, they put their other hand out over the cup indicating, “no thank you”.   I have puzzled over this and would love to know what the Lord is saying.  Do we want a refill?

I remember a song we use to sing:  “Fill my cup Lord, I lift it up Lord, come and fill the thirsting of my soul.  Bread of heaven feed me till I want no more.  Fill me up, fill my cup and make me whole.”

Is this the cry of our hearts?   As an older person, I can feel  the need to  grow closer and closer to the Lord,  preparing  to meet my Maker, but for our younger ones, it must be so difficult to lay aside all the distraction and temptations that the enemy has the marketplace offering them .  More than ever, we need to be praying for and encouraging each other.   How can we develop a real thirst for the Lord’s presence in our lives?     I saw a picture on face book that really said it all.   Blessings.

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His Word is Alive

This morning as I was reading the Gospels, I saw and heard words that I have read many times, but I found things that I had missed before.  I began to think about how many people have read these words for so many years, and how each one has been touched in their own time and place.  How can Father know what each of us need, especially when we don’t always know what we need ourselves?  All the different  languages and cultures and nations…. In my wondering I heard, “ The Word is Alive.”

Jesus is the Word…. Jesus is Alive…..  The words He speaks are Spirit and Life.  The Words of the Spirit are up to date, understandable and relative in any day, year, language or culture.   Wow, what a mighty God we serve.

Jesus said in John 14:10 (msg)  “The words that I speak to your aren’t mere words.  I don’t just make them up on my own.  The Father who resides in me crafts each word into a divine act.”  The Word of God has substance.  Do ours?
John 15:7, “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”

Matthew 18:18 “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

Matt.12:37 (NIRV)  “Your tongue has the power of life and death .  Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words.”

What a wonderful privilege it is to be able to speak God’s word, especially when the Spirit of God prompts us.  We need to expect to see the results as we speak, believing that “Greater is He that is in (me) than he that is in the world.”   We have been called to speak the Living Word.  Let’s practice on each other.

May His Peace establish you and His Love encourage you as you trust His Power to enable you.

RS

What do you expect?

Each morning, what do you expect your day to be like?  When you pray, what do you expect?  We talk a lot about our faith and our believing but really…  What do you expect?  There seem to be many levels to our believing and trusting.  So much can get in the way of having a great expectation.  What’s the bottom line?

I know that the Lord will never abandon me,  I know He is always planning for my good.  I know His Word is true.  I know I will have an eternal home with the one who gave His life for me.  Most of the rest, I have to take as it comes.  But I am seeing that I haven’t thought enough about what I truly expect about specific things, especially prayer requests.  Do I pray looking for something that I can expect and then trust the Lord for the evidence?

Sometimes the words “Faith, “Trust” and “Believing” become less meaningful with our years of use.  Then the Lord opens our mind to look deeper and to let Him revive our understanding through other words, thoughts and experiences.  I expect to have better and more specific expectations.  Thank you Lord, I am excited about growing in my Faith and Trust.

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