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Invitation to the Kingdom

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.] Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne. (Matthew 11:28-30, AMP)

Friday Freewrite Fifteen

Ready, GO!

The sun is coming through the fog of this morning. Just like my day yesterday. There was fog yesterday morning. I do not like it when people expect me to adapt to their irresponsibility. I had one of those situations, and I ended up being the one apologizing. Go figure! I always apologize when I set boundaries when someone expects me to reorient my whole day, and I say, "I cannot." I need to grow in that area.

All that said, I had prayed that the appointment would cancel earlier in the morning. (I am an introvert, and I have been spending a lot of people time, and I always need balance.) So, God answered my prayer, but not before I had already shut down the work that I was doing and got all dressed and ready to go. I am glad that I heard about the change BEFORE I got out the door instead of when I was already at the meeting place and in limbo. All that said, I didn't like how I was the one who looked like I had canceled and apologized. 

I was stressed from saying…

Matthew 6:5-6 - Go to your INNER ROOM

HIS WORDS

When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.  

MY WORDS

When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites who make a show out of their public prayers in the synagogues and on the street so that others will see them and think they are holy and righteous. It is a very true statement that they will have their full bad reward.  But when you ordinary people pray, go away to a private place and pray just to your Father, and your Father will see you (even if others do not) and give you a good reward.

I WILL

Yesterday was a pray in secret day when it was so stressed, and I am so glad you directed me to my inner room. Now to another inner room time RI…

Matthew 5:43-45 -- Praying for Those Who Persecute You

HIS WORDS

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." (NASB95)


“You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty. (The Message paraphrase)
MY WORDS

"You have heard it said in Leviticus 19:18, 'YOU WILL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR,' and has been inter…

7. Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

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I was impressed with Obama's prose. It helped me understand the background behind his ideology, and his idealism shows through on every page of this book. He was raised in a multicultural environment rather than within the African American culture. He has led a fascinating life, and he has come a long way.  I read this because one of my applications from my Prayer Bible Study was to pray for him. This helped me do that more effectively.

Calorie Burning while Standing

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I thought FOR SURE, my calories burned would be low, and when I saw my results this morning, I thought it was WRONG. Then, I went through every single bump up and down! It was all about getting ready for church, walking to and from church and wedding shower, standing during those events talking to people, getting ready for my date night, etc. I stood a LOT yesterday, and I almost met my calorie goal with NO EXERCISE! I do not know why I am shocked, but I always become so!







Mark 11:24-25 - When You Pray, Forgive

HIS WORDS
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions. (NASB95)
That’s why I urge you to pray for absolutely everything, ranging from small to large. Include everything as you embrace this God-life, and you’ll get God’s everything. And when you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking. If you have anything against someone, forgive—only then will your heavenly Father be inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.” (The Message) 
MY WORDS
Since the fig tree withered when I cursed it, and I just told you that you can tell a mountain to move, I want you to know that you can pray about everything as you walk with Me, and you will get God's very best for you. And when you go to pray, remember it is not just asking, it is also abou…

Romans 8:26-27 - Spirit Groanings

HIS WORDS

In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
MY WORDS

In the same way the Spirit of God is arousing within our desire for full deliverance from this world into our glorious future, giving us a taste of the blessings of heaven, the Spirit continually carries the heavy load of our physical, emotional, and spiritual disabilities as we wait in this fallen world. One of way we are weak is that we do not always know what we should pray, but the Spirit Himself comes to the rescue in this by continually pleads on our behalf or those we are pleading for with sighs beyond our words (making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans, The Message). And God Who searches the hearts of men knows what is the intent of the Holy…

Luke 21:34-36 - Be Ready and Attentive

HIS WORDS
“Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap;for it will come upon all those who dwell on the face of all the earth.But keep on the alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are about to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
MY WORDS
Be ready at all times, so that your hearts are not entangled with the affairs of this life like the headache, handover, and shooting pain and confusion arising from drinking too much or even just the everyday worries associated with life, and because of being not ready you miss the day of His return that will come suddenly like a noose around your neck. It will surely come on everyone on earth. So, be discreet, attentive, and ready at all times, praying that you have have full strength and ability and are counted worthy to escape all these things that will take place …

Friday Fifteen Freewrite

Life has been rather busy so I have not done a freewrite in ages. I have posted quite a bit here though because I am doing the SUPER SUNDAY TO EASTER PRAYER CHALLENGE. I love it. It has been such a good shot in the arm, but I am sitting more than normal because of it as I am doing it on this blog. First, I was journaling it and then transcribing it on to the blog. That was way too much time. Then I just went to doing it on the blog, but I am wondering if I might meditate and pray and WALK. Just sitting too much. I have combined the PRAYER CHALLENGE verses with the GOSPEL STUDIES that we are doing in our Kingdom Community now. So that is really helping me not do double duty. When I am in Luke for the Kingdom Community, I just stop at the verses that are in the topical PRAYER CHALLENGE study and do a Discovery Bible Study on it. WIN WIN. But still, I am trying to sit less and move more. 

It isn't so much that the sitting is bothering my back, but I am not burning enough calories each…

Luke 18:1-8 - Persistent Faith

HIS WORDS

Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart,saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect man.There was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me legal protection from my opponent.’For a while he was unwilling; but afterward he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect man,yet because this widow bothers me, I will give her legal protection, otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’ ”
And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge said;now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?“I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
MY WORDS

Now he was telling a story that helped them understand that they should always pray and not give up saying, "In a certain city there w…

Romans 10:12-13 - Call On the Name

HIS WORDS

(10:11 added for context: The Scripture says, "NO MAN WHO BELIEVES IN HIM [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ] WILL [ever] BE PUT TO SHAME OR BE DISAPPOINTED. [Ps. 34:22; Isa. 28:16; 49:23; Jer. 17:7.] , Amplified )

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call upon Him; for WHOEVER WILL CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED." 

(10:14-15 are added for context [and because it is what I am most passionate about]: How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written "HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GLAD TIDINGS OF GOOD THINGS!")

MY WORDS

God does not show partiality for Jew or Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all of us, able to give the riches of His grace to everyone …

Romans 10:1-2 - Prayer for Full Understanding

HIS WORDS

Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. For I bear them witness that they have zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge.

MY WORDS

Brethren, the desire of my heart and prayer to God for the Jews is that they would be saved. I testify that they have zeal and enthusiasm for God, but it is not enlightened and according to correct knowledge. 

I WILL

Oh my, this is in direct answer to prayer or wisdom regarding something. This hits the nail on the head exactly. My prayer current will change in accordance with the gist of these verses. I am going to my prayer mountain tomorrow, and these are the verses I will pray.

Luke 11:1-13: Persistence

HIS WORDS


It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.”

And He said to them, “When you pray, say:

'Father, hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins,
For we ourselves also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.'”

Then He said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend, and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;and from inside he answers and says, ‘Do not bother me; the door has already been shut and my children and I are in bed; I cannot get up and give you anything.’

“I tell you, even though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will get up and give him as much as he needs."

Luke 6:12 - Mountain Prayer Night

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HIS WORDS
It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.



MY WORDS
After the religious leaders began to discuss what they might do to Jesus (because he was healing on the Sabbath and claiming He had authority to forgive sins, etc), Jesus went up a mountain and spent the whole night in prayer to God. (Then he went and picked the twelve disciples.)
I WILL 
Find a safe mountain to pray on. I am just not feeling comfortable with something right now. I am a bit irritated, and I need to get away and pray. Lord, show me where I should go and when. I would like it to be sooner rather than later. :)

Acts 12:5-16 - Prison Prayer Release

HIS WORDS


So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison.And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands.And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.”And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.When they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.When …

Acts 7:59-60 - Dying Prayer for Persecutors

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HIS WORDS


They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”Then falling on his knees, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” Having said this, he fell asleep. (NASB95)
MY WORDS

Since blasphemy was punishable by death according to Jewish Law, the Sanhedrin stoned Stephen. As he was being stoned, he cried out to the Lord, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!" Then he fell on his knees, and cried out loudly, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them!" Having said this, he died. 

MY STUDY



In 1948, Auca martyr Jim Elliot wrote in his journal, “I seek not a long life, but a full one, like You, Lord Jesus.” Two years later, he wrote: “I must not think it strange if God takes in youth those whom I would have kept on earth till they were older. God is peopling Eternity, and I must not restrict Him to old men and women.”
Like Stephen, Jim Elliot and his four comrades were called on January 8, 1956, to “pe…

Acts 4:31 - Surfing Spirit Waves

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HIS WORDS

And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness.
MY STUDY/REFLECTION
I need the context of this verse before I can write it in my own words because one of my mentors, Kay Arthur, says, "When it comes to interpretation, context is king." 
Peter and John had been seized by the Sanhedrin who "commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus." I love their answer:
"Whether it is right in the sight of God  to give heed to you rather than to God,  you be the judge; [they gave heed to God!] for we cannot stop speaking  about what we have seen and heard."
It was all about OVERFLOW, they were just riding the wave of the Spirit into shore. God was propelling them forward that is ALL! 
The Sanhedrin let them go (after threatening them further), and Peter and John reported back to the followers of Jesus who were gathered in on…

2 Timothy 1:3 - Praying Night and Day

HIS WORDS


I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day . . . (NASB95)
MY WORDS
I thank God, whom I serve free of guilt because I continue in the faith of my ancestors (because Jesus was always in the plan), as I remember you all the time in my prayers. 
MY STUDY
Sitting chained in a Roman prison there was little else Paul could do but pray; and Timothy, perhaps Paul’s closest companion, ministering to the church that Paul probably knew best, was no doubt the single most common object of his petitions.
Litfin, A. D. (1985). 2 Timothy. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck, Ed.) (2 Ti 1:3). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.I WILL

Since I have a low-key day today, I will continue to pray faithfully for past women I have discipled as You bring them to mind. 

2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 - Prayer Count

HIS WORDS


To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power,so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (NASB95)
With this in view we constantly pray for you, that our God may deem and count you worthy of [your] calling and [His] every gracious purpose of goodness, and with power may complete in [your] every particular work of faith (faith which is that leaning of the whole human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness). Thus may the name of our Lord Jesus Christ be glorified and become more glorious through and in you, and may you [also be glorified] in Him according to the grace (favor and blessing) of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). (Amplified)
Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahea…

2 Corinthians 13:7-9 - Prayer for Completion

HIS WORDS

Now we pray to God that you do no wrong; not that we ourselves may appear approved, but that you may do what is right, even though we may appear unapproved. For we can do nothing against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice when we ourselves are weak but you are strong; this we also pray for, that you be made complete. (NASB95)

But I pray to God that you may do nothing wrong, not in order that we [our teaching] may appear to be approved, but that you may continue doing right, [though] we may seem to have failed and be unapproved. For we can do nothing against the Truth [not serve any party or personal interest], but only for the Truth [which is the Gospel]. For we are glad when we are weak (unapproved) and you are really strong. and this we also pray for: your all-round strengthening and perfecting of soul. (AMPLIFIED)

But if it comes to that, we'd rather the showed our failure than yours. We're rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn't possi…

2 Corinthians 12:8-10

HIS WORDS

Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (NASB95)

MY WORDS

Concerning the gift of a handicap given to me to keep me humble and remind me of my limitations, I begged God to remove it three times, and He said, "My grace is enough and all you need. My strength comes through in the midst of your weakness." I am glad that I have that "gift" now, and I even brag about it knowing that Christ's power continues to manifest itself in the midst of it. I am more than content with all my weaknesses, with abuse, accidents, opposition, and road blocks b…

2 Corinthians 9:13-15

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HIS WORDS

Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all, while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift. (NASB95)

Carrying out this social relief work involves far more than helping meet the bare needs of poor Christians. It also produces abundant and bountiful thanksgiving to God. This relief offering is a prod to live at your very best, showing your gratitude to God by being openly obedient to the plain meaning of the Message of Christ.  You show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. Meanwhile, moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they'll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need. Thank God for this gift, his gift. No lang…

1 Timothy 2:1-3

HIS WORDS

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, (who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.)

MY WORDS

First of all, I implore that you bring before God; needs, prayers, intercessions (seeking the presence and hearing of God on behalf of others), thanksgivings be made on behalf of all men, for kings and those who are in authority, so that there will be peace in our life as we live in godliness and seriousness. This is so good for God our Savior, to see this. (Amp: He wants all men to be saved and increasingly to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the divine Truth).


I WILL

Pray for President Obama today.

1 Thessalonians 5:17

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HIS WORDS

Pray without ceasing.

MY WORDS

Pray continually without interruption

MY REFLECTION

All day I kept thinking I needed to get to my Prayer Discovery Bible Study (If I do not get my Bible Study done before George gets up, it is difficult because he LOVES to chat, chat, chat in the morning.) When I finally got to it, it was just two words! But aren't those powerful words! I couldn't write here though because our internet was down.

What is so great is that we meditated on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 at the end of the Pastor's Prayer Summit and were instructed to write down on a piece of provided paper what our "take away breath prayer" was from the passage:


It is nice to have that reiterated from God three days later!

I WILL

Be focused in living a moment by moment conversation with God, listening to His voice and responding back! TODAY, I will employ one suggestion for "In the Home" from the Game with Minutes by Frank Laubach, "Whispering to God about each …

6. Speaking of Jesus by Carl Medearis

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Carl is a pleasure to read. He is disarming and the antithesis of pedantic (not trying to be pedantic myself by using a big word, but I needed to use it for contrast). From my own experience, I agree that it is more important to talk about Jesus and not RELIGION! Jesus breaks down the walls of religion and is so worth talking about!
If you don't feel like you have to evangelize someone away from their team and onto yours, you can speak of Jesus much more freely, and thus, more effectively. (p. 103)I split my gut in laughter over some of his examples and analogies (good thing I had a private room while I read it in the middle of the night at the pastor's prayer summit).

Carl's emphasis on open dialogue and RELATIONSHIP with ALL people, as opposed to an "us/them" mentality is refreshing. I love it. 


The Western church is attempting to legislate morality in order to maintain a society that is pure, safe, and peaceful. Which, in and of itself, is not a bad desire.But w…