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  • Praising God Amidst Brokenness July 15, 2014

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    This post is taken from
    a prayer of Paul’s that we often miss.
    The HCSB entitles this section of the chapter
    A HYMN OF PRAISE

    Romans 11:33-36 (NASB)
    “Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”

    Paul has just spent the previous 86 verses discussing Israel’s rejection of the Messiah, and what that means, to them and to the Gentiles. In much of these 86 verses, you hear Paul’s heart breaking for his people…and it is in THAT context that he praises God.

    APPLICATION…Can you praise God when your heart is broken…whether it be for your loved ones, or for your nation? Can you praise God when you are broken through being laid off, being divorced? Can you praise God when brokenness comes because of sin that you have let get out of hand? Maybe it is something that you “hid” from God, that you lied to a loved one about? Believe me, praising God is so much bigger than we realize. It has a place in every one of these situations.

    By looking at Paul’s prayer can you tell where Paul received his comfort from? After 86 verses of lamenting, I think Paul puts down his pen and opens his heart to receiving comfort from God. And how does he receive it, this comfort? I believe that it is in Paul knowing the wisdom and knowledge of who God is, which Paul gained from spending time in His Word (remember verses like 2 Timothy 4:13). I believe that this allows Paul to see the depth of God’s riches. In recognizing afresh, all of this about God, Paul realizes that he doesn’t need to have all the answers, because God’s judgments (or decisions) are unfathomable to our finite brains. He acknowledged that no one can know the mind of God, and certainly, no one can “counsel” God or give Him advice. Verse 35 uses a phrase that in English comes out a bit awkward, Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? I think a better way to say this is, “Do you think you can give God something He would then be beholden to you over?” Paul finishes with basically saying, “Look, this is all about God!”

    So, recognizing that due to circumstances, any circumstances, you are broken. I want you to pray Paul’s prayer with me, using your own words where appropriate, and applying it to your brokenness. These verses (Romans 11:33-36), prayed, might sound something like this:

    Father, the wisdom and knowledge gained from Your Word confirms for me the depth of Your riches, and Lord, they are too wonderful, too overwhelming to me. So often I want to know and figure out Your mind, but thank You that not only can I not know Your mind, but no one can give You counsel. You know my situation Father, so much better than I do, there is nothing I can offer You that would cause You to owe me anything, and Lord, I do NOT want that responsibility. You are sovereign overall and Your throne is above the heavens (Psalm 103:19). I praise You that Your sovereignty means that all things, all circumstances, including this difficult one in my life, are not a surprise to You, it was seen by You first and authorized in Your personal plans for my life. And so without any hesitation, and with perfect trust I can say that this difficulty is from You, through You and unto Your Glory, forever and ever. Father, I do not understand my plight, but I thank You that You are in control. It is THAT wisdom and knowledge of the riches You have given me, through Your Son, even in the midst of my difficulty, that allows me to approach You in praise, in the midst of my brokenness. Lord, I praise You for I don’t need to know exactly how You plan to work, I don’t need to give You “advice” about my situation for I trust You. In fact it is foolish for me to even think that You owe me any explanation. I trust and know that You work all things out for the better (Romans 8:28), Amen and Amen.

     

    May I end with a couple of reminders?

    1. I’m not saying, “Don’t ask God to take away your difficulties.” It is natural to do that, and even Paul did…three times! I’m not saying that there is ANYTHING special about asking three times. Paul could have asked only one time, or ten times, or more. My point is this, at SOME TIME he stopped asking!
    2. Also, Philippians 4:6-7 gives us a “formula” if you will, to receive peace. It says, you come to the Lord with what? It says, “with prayer , petitions and thanksgivings…” The next time you are anxious about ANYTHING, would you seriously consider carrying a piece of paper with you, and start writing the things down that you can give thanks for, on behalf of your difficulty? You will be surprised the things the Lord lays on your heart.

    When I was in Kenya a couple of months ago a new friend of mine, stood up on the last day I was in her village. She said, “Last night, I was lying in bed, my leg was hurting and I started talking to God, ‘I said Lord, I don’t like what that Muzungu said, but I know it is in Your Word, so will You show me what I can give thanks for?'” She smiled and then her eyes teared up, and she said, “There were a thousand things I could give thanks for.”

    My friend, praise Him! Praise God that you can give thanks and praises for difficulties in your life. And friend, thank the Lord that I didn’t lecture on what the Bible says about the “benefits” that come from difficulties in our life. That is a whole other post!

    Mark S Mirza
    Common Thread Ministries
    Mark@CTMPrayer.org
    @CTMPrayer

    Common Thread Ministries

  • How to Use The Armor of God July 1, 2014

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    This week a friend of mine and I were talking about the Armor of God and his view was pretty typical of what I hear in churches. While I don’t “take exception” to the view I believe that the use of the Armor is much more effective when we change our understanding of what it is, and how, I believe, Paul expected it to be understood. Namely, I DO NOT believe that the Armor is something that we “do.” I believe that the Armor is what we have in Christ. In fact, I would go so far as to say that each piece of the Armor is a facet of who Jesus is in my life. I cannot claim originality on that statement, as a variation of it comes from RayStedman.org.

    Here’s the way most people describe the first three pieces of the Armor:

    The Belt of Truth has to do with acknowledging that the Bible is true. Let me make this real clear, okay, I ABSOLUTLEY believe that this is true, that the Bible is completely true, I just disagree that this is Paul’s meaning here.
    The Breastplate of Righteousness is our call to be righteous. Again, I completely agree with this statement on its own, I just do not believe that this is what Paul meant.
    Our Feet are Fitted with the Readiness that comes from the Gospel of Peace is our injunction to go out and share the gospel. Again, I fully believe that. But in the context of this piece of the Armor, I don’t think that Paul is saying this.

    So you get the point. Again, I don’t want to be disagreeable, I just want to share with you another way of viewing, and to me, a more effective way of using the Armor.

    One point of clarification (perhaps disagreement) that I need to make, has to do with the order of the Armor. I hear teachers explaining the Armor by beginning with the helmet and working their way down to the shoes, “Because it is an easy way to remember it.” But when we do that we take it out of the order that, I believe, is Holy Spirit inspired, and will directly affect its usefulness for you.

    So with all of that being said, this morning, as I was in the Word, I recognized a battle in my heart and mind beginning, and it had to do with purity of mind, purity of thoughts. What I will do below is first, give you what I believe each piece of the armor is, for us as Christians, and then my prayer this morning, putting on the Armor.

    But let me be clear, restating this point again. I do not believe that the armor is “something that we do” as each piece of the Armor is a facet of who Jesus is in my life, which means that this (these facets, this Armor) is “what I have in Christ.” In fact, this keeps in sync with the book of Ephesians where the first half of Ephesians is what we already have in Christ, and the second half of Ephesians is how we live, because of what we already have in Christ. The Armor is broken down the same way. The first three pieces are what we already have in Christ and the second three are how we live, because of what we already have in Christ. Another time we can look at the verbs, but do note, that the verb describing the first three pieces of the armor is “having” meaning this is something that you ALREADY have. So when Paul was saying “Put on the Armor” he was NOT SAYING put on something that you do not have on. Again, this discussion is for another time as it is outside the scope of this post.

    I want to give you short, to the point statement for each of the pieces of the armor. And then afterward I will give you my entire prayer as I put on the Armor, and in the process, dealt with the attack of satan (not capitalized by personal preference).

    Belt of Truth
    “You are my truth, so it is in You that I trust.”
    Breastplate of Righteousness
    “You are my righteousness. Victory is based upon what You have already done.”
    Feet Fitted with the Readiness that Comes from the Gospel of Peace
    “You are my peace, so I stay in prayer and await Your peace, even though I am in the midst of battle.”
    Shield of Faith
    “You are my shield, and so Lord, by faith, I trust You to deal with each fiery dart.”
    Helmet of Salvation
    “You are my helmet, the hope of my salvation. You are working all things out for the better (Romans 8:28) so I look forward to what today holds, the good and the bad.”
    Sword of the Spirit
    “You are the Sword, these are Your Words that I have been able to trust in.”

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    And here is the full text of my prayer this morning (including my journaling tags) as I put on each piece of the Armor:

    7/1/2014, in prayer, As I submit myself to You (James 4:7) Lord, what the Armor represents to me is my confidence in You, as I specifically deal with purity of my mind today.

    Belt of Truth
    7/1/2014, in prayer, “You are my truth, so it is in You that I trust, and not me.”
    Breastplate of Righteousness
    7/1/2014, in prayer, “You are my righteousness. Victory is based upon what You have already done. What Your Son did 2000 years ago.”
    Feet Fitted with the Readiness that Comes from the Gospel of Peace
    7/1/2014, in prayer, “You are my peace, so I stay in prayer and await Your peace, even though I am in the midst of battle.
    “And Ohhh Lord, I have received such great peace from You just now. I trust You for the grace today Lord, to make sure that when I do not have peace, I realize that it is because I have strayed from focusing on the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:6). Oh Lord, thank You, that even now, You have given me that peace as You always do.
    Shield of Faith
    7/1/2014, in prayer, “You are my shield, and so Lord, by faith, I trust You to deal with each fiery dart. I trust You to do something different with my brain, by having those distractions of the evil one, by Your Shield, and in faith, be my motivation for returning to You in prayer. I also trust that I will never know all of the fiery darts that came my way, because You stopped them.
    Helmet of Salvation
    7/1/2014, in prayer, “You are my helmet, the hope of my salvation. You are working all things out for the better (Romans 8:28) so I look forward to what today holds, the good and the bad. Oh I praise You Lord for this peace and confidence, and excitement for this day. Praise You Lord!”
    Sword of the Spirit
    7/1/2014, in prayer, “You are the Sword, these are Your Words that I have been able to trust in. Paul calls them the Words of Christ (Romans 10:17). Lord because they are Your words I have been able to trust in them. It is Your words that I’ve been able to have confidence in. It is Your words, your Nuggets, that have guided me in this time of prayer. Thank you for the Sword of the Spirit, Your words Lord.

    By the way my friend, satan fled around the end of my prayer regarding the shoes of peace, but I recognize, only for a more opportune time (Luke 4:13) which is why I need to be vigilant, knowing that the roaring lion is just waiting to eat me alive (1 Peter 5:8). I wrote the part of this paragraph that precedes this sentence in the middle of my praying on the armor. Now that I’m done, I can report that the evil one returned a few times, but in each case, he fled again each time I submitted to God. And I submitted to God by taking those thoughts captive (2 Corinthians 10:5), and by not giving them a place (Ephesians 4:27). One could also say, that my mind became renewed (Romans 12:2), from where satan wanted it to go, as I focused on the things of the Spirit, rather than the flesh (Romans 8:6). And what was, and is the result…Peace baby, peace!

    And according to Romans 8:6, and the whole record of Scripture, that is EXACTLY as it should be. Focusing on the things of the Spirit, rather than the difficulties that the world the flesh and the devil throw my way give me life and PEACE, praise the Lord! And how is all of it “activated?” By my deeds? No! By faith (1 John 5:4). By faith in what I ALREADY have in Christ.

    I hope this has been helpful to you. I do apologize for its length though.

    Mark S Mirza
    www.CTMPrayer.org
    @CTMPrayer

    Common Thread Ministries

  • When is Worry Like Fasting? July 11, 2013

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    I was up early this morning talking to the Lord about upcoming events and then wrote the following to the Lord, about 3:00 am, I said, “Lord, I want a new memory verse, but I think that I will go back to those I have already memorized.”

    And in looking for that memory verse I came across Matthew 6:34, but then I thought about Matthew 6:33-34, and then I started looking back further and further, for foundational context.

    The more I looked back into the passage, the more I saw how Christ was using His previous words to lay the foundation for what He was going to say about worry…and then I saw it, the connection between fasting and worry…and not a “good” connection.

    At the time of this writing, in my notes, I still didn’t know what I’m going to memorize, but I loved seeing this truth from the Sermon on the Mount.

    If you want to read it ALL in context, go to Matthew 6:16-34 and read it in the NASB. It’ll take a few minutes, but it is worth it. Here are my notes from this morning:

    • I don’t think I ever noticed this before, but in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus discusses fasting, to set up His discussion about worry. He describes the person fasting, and fasting in a way that gets “their reward here on earth” (Matthew 6:16), their “treasure.” He is talking about the Pharisees who liked everyone to see their sorrow, like, unfortunately, so many people today, who give their prayer requests, for the purpose of allowing others to see their sorrow. The are, forgive me, simply having a gloomy pity party!
    • As I think about it, I realize that often, no, OFTEN, people share their prayer requests in a way that “demonstrates” to themselves (and they think to others), that they have a right to worry about their situation
    • I suppose one’s motivation (and only they can deal with that) gives away whether or not they are seeking accuracy in prayer, or if they just want everyone to know every detail of their problem. In this case, their motivation is “getting their reward here on earth” which, is no different than that Pharisee. Jesus then directly compares this action, gaining pity, as storing up an earthly treasure (Matthew 6:19).
    • Jesus then goes on to talk about the reasons we do not have to worry. You can read all of the reasons you don’t have to worry (Matthew 6:20-32), and in reality, you will see that you already know them.
    • But here’s the key, verse 33, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…It’s counter intuitive isn’t it? Jesus is saying that instead of worrying about this which you are praying about, instead of focusing on that “terrible” prayer request, we are to focus on, seeking His kingdom, and His righteousness. It truly is counter intuitive.
    • What is Jesus saying? Simply this, take the focus off yourself! And THEN He says in Matthew 6:34, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself, each day has enough trouble of its own.”

    Wow, you know what? Because He is sovereign, because His throne is above the heavens (Psalm 103:19), I really don’t have to worry, do I? And neither do you my friend.

    I need to make two notes here:

    1. I am not saying that church isn’t where we are to bring our prayer requests, or that we are not to sorrow, especially in church. This IS one of the GREAT characteristics of church…just check your motivation.
    2. Don’t judge! You may hear one’s prayer request and label them a Pharisee. You can’t do that, rather, help them, encourage them, cry with them, as Jesus did in John 11:35 just a few verses before He brought Lazarus back to life.

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  • Praying Scripture Back to God – Psalm 70 June 6, 2013

    Rain on WindshieldPRAYING PSALM 70 FOR DELIVERANCE AND FOR BROKENNESS

    I recently sent the following text to a number of friends: Praying Psalm 70 for you…”deliverance” and brokenness as needed and rejoicing for “God is great.”

    Read Psalm 70 below


    Psalm 70  (HCSB)
    A Call for Deliverance
    For the choir director. Davidic. To bring remembrance.

    1) God, deliver me. Hurry to help me, Lord!

    2) Let those who seek my life be disgraced and confounded; let those who wish me harm be driven back and humiliated. 3) Let those who say, “Aha, aha!” retreat because of their shame.

    4) Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let those who love Your salvation continually say, “God is great!” 5) I am afflicted and needy; hurry to me, God. You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay.

    This morning I felt the need to get on my knees for many of my friends, pastors and lay people, and as I did so, Psalm 70 was driven to my heart. As I read it and began to pray it for them, I found myself portraying the deliverance, as being from the evil one’s desire to see them sin. The prayer started to take on 4 distinct sections:

    1. From verse 1, “Lord I pray that Tom would never forget that You Lord, always deliver him, and that this deliverance would bring a brokenness of heart before You, recognizing that You hurry to help Him.”
    2. From verses 2 and 3, “Father, as Lucy sees that the evil one seeks her life, let him be disgraced and confounded because of her righteousness, though he wishes her harm, let him be driven back and humiliated, just as he was when Jesus overcame him on the cross. And when he wants to say, ‘Aha, aha’ to You Lord, being the accuser of my sister, cause him to retreat in shame, because she lives today by the power of Your Holy Spirit.”
    3. From verse 4, “Father, I pray that these afflictions, that this brokenness, causes James to turn to you immediately, seeking You, because he rejoices in You, and is glad in You because he loves Your salvation, which causes him to continually say, ‘You are great!'”
    4. From verse 5, “And then Lord, I trust that Mike would remember to pray for me. Whenever I am afflicted and needy, by Your grace I naturally trust You to hurry to me. You are my help. You are my deliverer, and You always demonstrate that You do not delay.”

    Can I just say that I had a hallelujah time praying this for my friends…and me.

    Mark S Mirza

    Common Thread Ministries

  • Update For This Week February 1, 2013

    January 28 – February 1, 2013

    Sometimes I think I should give regular weekly posts, updating what is happening at Common Thread Ministries. But I think, that is why I have the social media that I do…Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    But today I think, is worth a quick post.

    January 28, 2013 Pastor's ConferenceMonday we had our first Pastors’ Prayer Made Alive Conference. You can see who the speakers were by clicking right here.

    And then, partly as a consequence of the conference, and partly as a response to the need to encourage us unto prayer, we started a 7:00 am Conference Call Prayer Time. We are over in 30 minutes, and we cover Praising/Thanking God, then Urgent Prayer Requests, then Praying for our Family, and then Praying for our Church/Ministry. You’ll find the details right here.


    A Few Prayer Requests:

    • Of course, pray for me, that I would stay, as a friend of mine likes to say, “Clean and close.” But remember also Colossians 4:2-4, as I pray for you, that you would be devoted to prayer, I trust that periodically you would pray for me, praying that God would open doors so that I can preach this message on prayer, and that I would proclaim it clearly, as I know that I should.
    • Pray for these upcoming Pastors’ Prayer Made Alive Conferences, May 20 in Metter GA and September 23 in Morven GA. Pray for the host churches that they would be urged by the Lord Christ, and the love of the Holy Spirit, to join in the struggles of pastors in their area (Romans 15:30), by praying for their participation. We are taking registrations by clicking here.
    • And then finally, pray for these Monday, Wednesday, Friday conference call prayer times, that by God’s will, folks would come together with joy, and together be refreshed (Romans 15:32)

    Blessings to you,

    Mark S Mirza

    Common Thread Ministries

  • ALWAYS Pray A.C.T.S.? July 6, 2012

    I want to use a teaching tool that R. A. Torrey utilized, that of asking questions…

    • Why do we pray in the form of A.C.T.S.?
    • Did Christ expect us to follow His “model-prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13) every time we prayed?
    • What did Paul mean when he said we should pray with all kinds of prayers (Ephesians 6:18)?
    • Have you ever looked at the way David prayed, when he was in the midst of difficulties (cf Psalm 3-7, 10, 12, 13, 16, 17, 22, 25, 27, 28, 31, 35), just to name a few?
    • How did David start all of these prayers?
    • Why didn’t he begin with adoration?
    • When you are in distress, do many of your prayers start off like David’s too?
    • Did you notice that many of his OTHER Psalms do, in fact, start off with praise (cf Psalm 8, 18, 19, 23, 29, 30, 32, 34), just to name a few?
    • How did he end all of his prayers that STARTED in great distress?
    • Why did David praise God at the end of all of these prayers?
    • When you pray, in the midst of troubles, do your prayers end like David’s?
    • Do your prayers end with hope?
    • Do you get off your knees with the problems gone?
    • Do you get off your knees with the problems still there, but the anxiety gone? Why or why not?
    • Look again, in every one of these prayers, how did David end them?
    • Look again at your prayers, do you end them the same way as David? Why or why not?
    • Do you think it is possible to get off your knees with the problems STILL in your face, but the anxiety gone?
    • Looking at Psalm 5:1-2, how has David been praying?
    • Have you ever prayed with groaning (or meditating), and with crying out to the Lord?
    • Assuming David has been praying, groaning, meditating and/or crying out to the Lord all night, how is he praying in verse 3?
    • If your version says, “eagerly watch,” “looking up” or “keeping watch” or a derivative of any of those, how would you say David was praying, if “wait in expectation” was the way your version ended?
    • When you pray, and are in the midst of distress, what is your expectation?
    • What do you think 1 John 5:14-15 says your expectation should be?
    • What is David doing in Psalm 5:4?
    • When you are praying because of great distress in your life, do you remember God’s character?
    • How do you think, remembering God’s character, would help you in your praying?
    • Look at James 1:6, do you doubt (or waiver) when you pray, in the midst of distress?
    • What does James 1:7 say about doubting when you pray?
    • Going back to Psalm 5:4, what do you think will keep you from doubting?
    • In Psalm 5:8, what is the “twist” that David takes in his prayer?
    • How does Psalm 5:8 agree with and support 1 Thessalonians 5:18?
    • How does Psalm 5:8 agree with and support Philippians 4:6-7?
    • When was the last time you thanked God for your distress?
    • In verse 8 was David looking to God for relief from the distress he was in?
    • What was he looking for from God?
    • The last time you were in distress, calling out to God, did you seek direction from the Lord, BECAUSE OF the distress you were in?
    • Do you see how you can thank God, FOR the distress, and still not LIKE the distress?
    • Jumping to Psalm 5:11-12, can you figure out what David is doing?
    • His problems aren’t gone, why is he rejoicing?
    • Maybe a bigger question is, why aren’t you rejoicing when you get to the end of your prayers?
    • What do you think would happen if you stayed on your knees until God told you to get up?
    • Have you ever stayed on your knees AFTER you said, “Amen?”
    • Can you think of a reason this might be good to do?
    • Can you think of other ways you can hear from God?
    • Have you ever prayed with God’s word open, and next to you?
    • If verses 11 and 12 show us what David knew of God’s character, what does that say of your knowledge of God’s character, regarding how you end your prayers?
    • When was the last time you prayed with God’s word open, next to you, and you in it, reading it…yes, while you were praying?

    This was fun to write, let me know if it was helpful, okay?

    In His Name, with great thanksgivings,

    Mark S Mirza

     

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  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 January 10, 2011

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    How would we pray this back to God?

    As I pray these verses I am always struck by two things, 1st, the acts prompted by our faith, and not our flesh, and 2nd, that everything we do is to be to glorify God. Perhaps you would pray these verses like so:

    Lord, I desire to be worthy of Your calling, and I know Lord that this will only come by Your power, fulfilling every good purpose of mine and every act prompted by my faith and not my flesh. So Lord, please, Please, ANY acts of mine that are NOT prompted by my faith, please do not allow them to move forward. And when they do not move forward, please Lord, cause me to look back and see where my flesh is in control because Lord, ultimately, I desire for You to be glorified, not me. Thank You Lord for being in complete control as Psalm 103:19 tells us, which allows me to trust that by Your power ONLY and being submitted to you, those acts prompted by my faith will proceed and will bring You glory. Thank You Lord!



  • Hebrews 4:13-16 January 3, 2011

    13And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
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    Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
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    For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.
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    Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

    How would we pray this back to God?

    Yesterday Dr. Stanley spoke on these verses. At the end of his message he challenged us, “Reading these verses [back to God] will transform your prayer life because, of all that you are acknowledging before Him…”

    Lord, in the spirit that  Dr. Stanley challenged us yesterday, we come to You through these verses. Lord, we acknowledge that You know ALL ABOUT our needs, that EVERYTHING is laid bare before Your eyes. We acknowledge that Your Son is our High Priest, seated at Your right hand and ever living to make intercession for us. We know Lord that the ONLY way in which we can approach You is through Him. We acknowledge Lord that without the shedding of blood, of His blood, that we as sinful man CANNOT approach Your Holiness. We know that Your Son sympathizes with us, thank You for that Lord! He knew sorrow, rejection, pain, loneliness, and most of all, the weight of the guilt of my sin Lord. Thank You that He understands us. And Lord, because of all of these things that we acknowledge, we recognize that Your desire is that we TURN TO YOU, not try to live life on our own. We recognize Lord that Your word is telling us that when we come to the throne in prayer, we are told we are to come boldly (not arrogantly), but with great confidence. Confident that you will meet our needs with mercy and grace, because You promise it. Praise You Lord!

  • Romans 15:13 January 2, 2011


    How would we pray this back to God?

    It is interesting that Paul doesn’t say, “Lord, give them more hope…” A couple of weeks ago I was demonstrating praying scripture back to God, in a Single’s group in Florida. I just picked out the closest person too me and used her name. After wards she came up to me and told me that it was exactly what she needed. Please pray for her as you read this:

    Lord, You are the God of Hope, and as the God of Hope, please fill Monica with Joy and with Peace, simply because she believes in You. And Lord, we know that as You fill her with joy and with peace, she will overflow with hope, and we know Lord that as she overflows with hope, it will be from Your Holy Spirit living inside of her.

    I heard from her recently, you know what, she has great hope. Continue to pray for her.

  • Colossians 1:9-14 January 1, 2011


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    How would we pray this back to God?

    This morning I was up early praying for a friend of mine.  I said, and wrote, “Lord, I lift up Richard to You. Father, I pray that he would gain great understanding and knowledge about You this year, knowledge and understanding that equate to obedience in his life. As Your word further allows me to Lord, I pray this for Richard so that he would walk worthy of You, be fully pleasing to You and bearing fruit, eternal fruit, in every good work, including growing in the knowledge of You. Lord, strengthen him with all power, according to Your glorious might Lord, giving him all endurance and patience. And Father, I pray that he will give thanks to You, who has enabled him to share in the saints inheritance, living in the light, here on Terra Firma. Lord, You rescued Richard from the domain of darkness and You transferred him, and me, into the Kingdom of Your Son, giving us eternal life and hope, by the redemption we have, the forgiveness of our sins which is through Christ.”

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