Archive | July 2012

Fear not; for I am with You


Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.

This is powerful! Let us walk in this truth today. We are not alone and thou it may seem dark and the roads may be rough. And there is one problem after another.

Yeah, even in this time, the promise of God for his faithful people is that He, God is with us and He holds you and I with His hand of righteousness. Let’s think about it… It is against His nature to lie. In other words God just cannot lie. (Number 23:19 NIV) God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? Therefore what He said and promised is true and in this case his word says “Fear not; for I am with you”.

Wow! From this day going forward ask the Holy Spirit to let this take root in your life.

Members, come, let us reason, let us start the conversation….He will never leave you alone. I know you are probably saying but I feel alone and maybe no one cares. Yes, it may seem that way, but the truth is God cares and his word say He is with us and He is our God. Do you believe this today and what does it looks like when it is practically applied?

It means however dismal it looks and no matter how rough it gets. I cannot pay my bills, my relationship is on the rocks, my children are doing drugs, I am being treated unfairly and harshly and I have no listening ears, I am sick, no one cares, absolutely nothing is going well for me, I cannot find a job and no one understands. What’s worse is that I don’t feel like praying because there are no words.

Yes, even in the entire afore-mentioned God is still with us and we should not fear but trust him fully. Exercise blind faith in the midst of your situation. The challenge is, we are still human and at times we doubt. But doubting does not change the Word of God and his faithful promises to us. Do not lose hope.

Dear Jesus,

I know you have seen my affliction and I know you have seen that I don’t know what to pray. But Lord, please help me in all of this to trust you, have faith and to believe your word. Nothing makes sense to me at this point. Through your Holy Spirit show me what this means and increase my strength. Help me to be faithful in this.

Open my eyes to see all that happens is divinely orchestrated by you. Please show me my purpose in my circumstances. May your will be done in my life today, Thank you Lord. Amen!

Come to Me in Prayer


Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. –Philippians 4:6-7 ESV

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Have you ever wondered how powerful prayer is? I mean, have you sat down and really considered whether or not Philippians 4:6-7 is applicable to 21st century Christianity?

I have.

You see, I grew up in the Church but never fully understood the spiritual power a praying Christian carries.

In truth, from things I saw in the Church community, sometimes the prayer chain was just an opportunity for people to gossip or slander Church members who opened up about their needs.

There was no way I wanted part in that kind of foolishness!

So, I learned to keep quiet and not get involved in prayer – even though I really needed it. And, I stopped participating in my family’s prayer times because I just didn’t believe God wanted to know what was going on in my life.

Prayer always has a beginning.

After college, a beloved Pastor gifted me a daily prayer book that spanned 365 days. It was such a lifeline! God really used it to bring me to a place of speaking daily with Him and letting go of the ways in which others abused prayer in the past.

So why start an online movement geared towards building up prayer in others?

Simply because I’ve stumbled through my own spiritual desert of a prayerless life, and after much hard work with God, I am now walking in the abundance of a lush prayerfilled life.

Spiritually speaking, we have such a powerful tool in our possession. But it does us no good unless we pick up that tool and get praying.

At times, we may fail to use it because of …

  • Disregard. When I was in college, the only available time I had for prayer was when I needed my old car to start. Sometimes we can get so busy in our hectic lives that we forget to set aside time and really make sure we are praying to Him. Set aside 7 minutes every morning and just pray to Him (it really is that easy!).
  • Disrespect. Sadly, I lost valuable time with God trying to tell Him how I wanted prayer to work on my terms. Usually, we human beings like to determine the destination and outcome we are pursuing in life. We carry over into our prayer life our own reliance on human: strength, understanding, planning and abilities. Stop telling Him how it should be and just start praying.
  • Distractions. I am like so many other people in that I struggle to keep social media alerts and smart phones quiet while spending time with Him. In truth, it reached a point where it drove me crazy! Satan would come along and offer up tempting options that seemed to be more pleasing than spending time in prayer. However, following those distractions only landed me in a place of discouragement and even despair. So, I learned to silence all electronic devices and take time to settle into a quiet place that is guaranteed to have little to no distractions.

Why should we continue to wander in a spiritual desert when a powerful tool of God is so readily within our grasp?

Sweet friends, allow me to challenge you to take time to incorporate prayer into your spiritual journey with God. After all, we know not what prayer is capable of accomplishing in our lives.

Heavenly Father, I thank You so much that I have access to Your throne room through the sacrifices made by Your Son, Jesus Christ. I thank You for Your mercies which are new every morning. Ultimately, Father, I am so grateful to have prayer so that I can talk with You whenever I am in need. Please bring resources and other believers across my path that will help me in my journey towards a lush and vibrant prayer life. I thank You in advance. In Jesus’ Name I pray, amen!

Wait on the Lord


“It’s easy to compromise when people are waiting for you to act. Determine that no matter the pressure, no matter the cost, no matter the delay, you will act only when your response honors God. Never compromise your integrity to satisfy others.

In the passage of 1 Samuel 13, Saul lost his kingdom because he disobeyed God. He was pressured to act before all his men deserted. Lack of patience cost him everything. The lesson is to obey God’s command in all circumstances. Wait on the Lord; seek him for your next move, no matter how simple.  Don’t be hasty.

Scriptures to support waiting on the Lord Psalm 27 and Psalm 37:5-7.”

What type of Relationship do you want with God?


Matthew 6:10 (ABPEV) Let your Kingdom come, let your will be done also in the earth, just as it is in Heaven.

What type of relationship do you want with God? Do you want to be flirting on the outer courts or do you want oneness where you commune with God? Think?

Oneness with God means that self/flesh has to be slain. Self/Flesh cannot stand in the presence of God. Therefore it takes chiseling to be more like Jesus. Let’s look at the meaning for the word chisel: a wedgelike tool with a cutting edge at the end of the blade, often made of steel, used for cutting or shaping wood, stone, etc.

The process to be more like Jesus is hard. It takes full submission in every way. God is in control and whatever is done must be done to him for his glory. If oneness is what you want, let’s obey as he chisel and self/flesh be crucified. Let thy will be done in us today.

 

The Joy of Waiting on the Lord


Psalm 37:5-9 (NKJV)

5Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. 6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. 7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. 8Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm. 9For evil men will be cut off; but those who wait upon the LORD will inherit the land.

“God’s people will receive “what they want” as they trust God, submit their lives to him and be joyful in serving him. Our assignment or our purpose is found at the intersection of God’s plan and our passion. In other words, what gives you pleasure when you do it? What is God calling you today to do? What do you really enjoy doing and when doing it, there is a strong connection. Ask a mentor, a leader, a pastor or ask a Godly friend for advice? Discover purpose and use your spiritual gifts to glorify God.  In doing this you will find true satisfaction in serving Him.”

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 37:5 : Ps 4:5
  2. Psalm 37:6 : Ps 18:24; 103:17; 112:3
  3. Psalm 37:6 : S Job 11:17
  4. Psalm 37:7 : S Ex 14:14; S Isa 41:1
  5. Psalm 37:7 : S Ps 27:14; 40:1; 130:5; Isa 38:13; Hab 3:16; Ro 8:25
  6. Psalm 37:7 : ver 1
  7. Psalm 37:7 : Jer 12:1
  8. Psalm 37:7 : Ps 21:11; 26:10; 119:150
  9. Psalm 37:8 : Eph 4:31; Col 3:8
  10. Psalm 37:8 : ver 1
  11. Psalm 37:9 : S Ps 31:22; 101:8; 118:10; Pr 2:22
  12. Psalm 37:9 : Isa 25:9; 26:8; 40:31; 49:23; 51:5
  13. Psalm 37:9 : ver 22; Ps 25:13; Isa 49:8; 57:13; Mt 5:5

Saying Thank You


1 Corinthians 1:4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus

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Lyn, thank you so much for the work you put into this blog.  You are truly a blessing.  When the Holy Spirit told me in the parking lot at Word Fellowship Church that we would be working because of our passion to pray and to encourage others. I had no idea that it would be to this end.

When we met at Coffee Works Cafe on Monday June 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm. It was divine and though no one would truly understand what happened that day. Slowly, but surely everyday its unfolding.  We gave birth to Prayer Works Cafe two weeks later on June 28, 2012.

Today, we have a group on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/debbie.millercurtis#!/groups/prayerworkscafe/ , a Tweet Account: https://twitter.com/PrayerWorksCafe, an Email Address: prayerworkscafe@gmail.com and the Blog: http://prayerworkscafe.org/. God you are great.

Lyn and I are overwhelmed with his blessings daily.