Prayer Devotional, Colossians 4:2-6

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For use in corporate or private prayer, and/or family devotions………

Our Scripture passage will be Colossians 4:2-6:

Hello brothers and sisters,

Our passage today demonstrates the evangelistic importance of prayer in the life of your local church. The Apostle Paul, arguably the greatest missionary the church has ever seen, understands that prayer is foundational for success in the spread of the gospel. His prayer request is not only that God would create opportunities to preach the gospel, but also that God would empower him to speak the message clearly.

Clarity is so important when sharing Christ with others. We need to preach the message as accurately as we possibly can. And while God certainly can, and thankfully will, accomplish His purposes in spite of our mistakes, it doesn’t give us an excuse for not being clear. Which is why prayer is such a vital part of our gospel efforts!

Paul exhorts the church at Colossae to be watchful in prayer, which means to be alert and vigilant. It means to be careful to pray with your mind fully aware of the attacks of the enemy, and to pray accordingly. It is to use your Spirit-empowered, Word-driven mind when making your requests to God.

Paul also says to be steadfast, which is to be faithful and dedicated to prayer. To be steadfast means to be “dutifully firm and unwavering.” And notice how he undergirds all of it with thanksgiving! As we pray for the gospel to be spread, and for Jesus Christ to be worshiped and adored among the nations, let us remember to always approach God with thanksgiving. Let us be grateful for what He has done for us and is now doing in us. And let us thank Him for the great privilege of sharing this Good News with others, an amazing work that He is doing through us! Let us pray.

God bless,    Jamie

 

                                               COLOSSIANS 4:2-6
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
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Prayer Devotional, John 16:21-28

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For use in corporate or private prayer, and/or family devotions………

Our Scripture passage will be John 16:21-28:

 

A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. 25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”


Hello brothers and sisters,

What a great passage we have here! It teaches us about the joy that only Jesus Christ can give us! And prayer is a vital part of our experiencing this joy. Because of the work of Christ, we are God’s adopted children and have direct access to the throne of God at all times. This would never be possible apart from the Person and work of Jesus Christ. Such good news………that God has secured this privilege and blessing for us, ought to increase our joy in prayer. The relationship we have, being loved as children by the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, also ought to give us great confidence when we pray to Him.

And what a joy it is to be able to, and even be commanded to, ask Him for good things. And what a joy it is to know that He delights for us to do so. And, of course, what a comfort it is to know that He will give us exactly what we need to grow in our relationship with, and have our greatest joy, in Him! Please take a few moments to read and reflect on the privilege we have of being God’s children. Then, go and pray.    

God bless,  Jamie

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Prayer Devotional, 2 Timothy:1-7

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For use in corporate or private prayer, and/or family devotions………

Our Scripture passage will be 1 Timothy 2:1-7:

 

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Dear brothers and sisters,

God commands us to pray for our national leaders, for all of those whom God has established in positions of power (Romans 13:1). In His sovereignty, God has ordained that they be exactly where they are. And we have no right to question His wisdom. We need to be praying for their salvation, for wisdom in difficult matters (of which there are many!), for their families, and that they would use their power to do good to the well-being of those they rule over. Our nation seems to be more divided than ever, constantly at war with one another. How should we, as Christians, respond to all of this anger and division?

God has a very clear solution. Pray! Pray for everyone in leadership, regardless of whether you agree with them or not, and regardless of how good or evil they appear to be. We all need Christ. Our political persuasions do not save us, Christ does! Our leaders are no different than anyone else. They need Jesus as much as we need Jesus. Paul said that such prayers please God, and lead to “a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.”

Yes, many Christians are suffering at the hands of their government leaders. In some countries, leaders are doing horrible things to Christians. Death, torture, imprisonment. The list of things is terrifying. But one thing I find interesting is that, when you watch or hear stories about persecuted Christians, they are always praying for those who oppress them! And if the early Christians could pray for a wicked king like Nero, how much more should we be praying for our leaders?! Trust me, none of them are nearly as bad as he was. Let us pray for all people, including those who govern over us.

God bless,   Jamie
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Prayer Devotional, Genesis 32:1-12

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For use in corporate or private prayer, and/or family devotions………

 

Our Scripture passage will be GENESIS 32:1-12:

Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.And when Jacob saw them he said, “This is God’s camp!” So he called the name of that place Mahanaim. And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother in the land of Seir, the country of Edom, instructing them, “Thus you shall say to my lord Esau: Thus says your servant Jacob, ‘I have sojourned with Laban and stayed until now. I have oxen, donkeys, flocks, male servants, and female servants. I have sent to tell my lord, in order that I may find favor in your sight.’” And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, “We came to your brother Esau, and he is coming to meet you, and there are four hundred men with him.” Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed. He divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two camps, thinking, “If Esau comes to the one camp and attacks it, then the camp that is left will escape.” And Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, O Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your kindred, that I may do you good,’ 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant, for with only my staff I crossed this Jordan, and now I have become two camps. 11 Please deliver me from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau, for I fear him, that he may come and attack me, the mothers with the children. 12 But you said, ‘I will surely do you good, and make your offspring as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’”

Hello brothers and sisters,

In our passage, Jacob is riddled with fear that Esau will destroy him, and he does not know what to do. But he does know whom to turn to in his time of desperation. He turns to Almighty God! Notice how he approaches prayer…….. by remembering God’s character, and the promises made to Abraham and his offspring. In verse 9, Jacob remembers God’s very words promised to him earlier. And then notice how he closes in verse 12, with another reminder of God’s own words of faithfulness.

And look at the humility of Jacob in verse 10, which I underlined. Humility is one of the defining marks of the most powerful prayers (and pray-ers) in Scripture. Remembering that we are not worthy of anything good, but that God has graciously given us everything we could ever need in Christ…………this ought to bring life to our prayers! When Jacob is afraid, he remembers God’s promises and faithfulness. He petitions God for deliverance from the hand of Esau. And God answers in a big way! If you read further on, you’ll see what I mean. Pray with utmost confidence!

God bless,     — Jamie

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Prayer Devotional, Romans 10:1-4

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For use in corporate or private prayer, and/or family devotions………

Our Scripture passage will be ROMANS 10:1-4:

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Dear brothers and sisters,

 

This is a simple prayer from the Apostle Paul that we can use for our prayer time. Let us pray that God would increase our desire for the lost to be saved. Let us pray that we would have a loving heart like Paul when it came to the lost. In fact, let us pray that we would have a heart increasingly like Jesus, who came to seek and save the lost, and gave His life for them!

Many people we know, and see on a daily basis, are trying to live just like the Israelites of old. In one way or another, they are trying to establish their own righteousness. They think they are good people, and that God will allow them entrance into Heaven one day. They have misunderstood how serious their sin is to our God, who is infinitely holy. They need a Savior!

Let us pray for opportunities, both as individuals and through our churches, to get the gospel to as many people as possible. Let us pray that we would see God’s Spirit grant repentance and faith to the people we interact with on a daily basis. Let us intercede for others as a habit and pattern of life.     

God bless,   Jamie
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Prayer Devotional, 2 Chronicles 20:1-12

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For use in corporate or private prayer, and/or family devotions………

Our Scripture passage will be 2 Chronicles 20:1-12:

It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord.

Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court,and said: “O Lord God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever?And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, ‘If disaster comes upon us—sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine—we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir—whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them— here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”

 

Dear brothers and sisters,

Many of us have very difficult challenges– which at times can seem to be insurmountable. In 2 Chronicles Chapter 20, King Jehoshaphat faces what looks to be impending destruction from enemy nations. Overwhelmed with fear and a sense of helplessness, he turns to the only One who can do anything to rescue him and the rest of Israel. And God came through in a mighty way!

God doesn’t tell us ahead of time how He is going to work, or when relief is going to come. And He doesn’t always promise us ease or comfort when we pray during desperate times. But the point of the passage is that God is the One to whom we should always be turning………. at all times, good and bad. Jehoshaphat (at least at this moment of his reign) provides us with a good example of the kind of trust and confidence we need to have in our all-knowing, all-powerful Lord and Savior! His methods and His answers are always perfectly wise, and perfectly timed. Let us pray with confidence!

God bless,  Jamie

 

Stay On The Narrow Road

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There are two roads: one is narrow, one is broad,
We read of this truth in the infallible Word of God.
Walk carefully with Jesus Christ, and do not stray,
Stay on the narrow road, love Him all of your days.

The broad road will destroy you, taking you to hell,
It promises pleasure and joy, and popularity as well.
This road can make life easy, everyone may like you,
Some who are on this road even sit weekly in a pew.

Stay on the narrow road, leading to our everlasting rest,
Clinging to Jesus, not veering to the right or to the left.
The enemy roars loudly, trying to pull you into his path,
A path that leads to destruction, and God’s eternal wrath.

But the path of Jesus is the path of joy and everlasting life,
He forgives and reconciles you to God; there is no more strife.
He does this for all who believe in His Name, The great I AM,
the High and Holy One,
Who atoned for our sins, while hanging on that cross; Amen!
Finished! Yes, it is done!

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10 Steps to Become ‘Enlightened’ on Social Media

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1) Watch any super high quality video recorded from somebody’s iPhone that has recently gone viral. 

But don’t wait too long. You don’t want other ‘enlightened’ people to steal your thunder before you get to virtue signal like crazy on social media.

 

2) Make sure that you get very angry when watching the video, so as to……………

a) give yourself the illusion that you actually care about any of the people in the video.

b) give yourself the illusion that you were actually……….well…………THERE!

c) give yourself the illusion that your emotional reaction to the video is the Be-all and End-all determining factor of what really happened, and the end of any possible discussion about the video.

d) give yourself the illusion that anyone else cares what you think.


3) Do not fact check any of the circumstances that surrounded what came “before” the video started filming.

Just don’t. It would be a totally boneheaded move on your part. Remember, you’re supposed to look like an expert, not a fool. Be wise!

 

4) Do not fact check any of the circumstances that surrounded what came “after” the video ended.

Obviously!

 

5) And for the love of all things good and noble, do not fact check anything that you disagree with during the video.

Come on! Should I even need to write this one??!!

 

6) Write a Facebook rant.

Ummm…….Duuhhh. And make sure to virtue signal like crazy! You can’t get more enlightened than that, can you?

 

7) Make absolutely sure that your own worldview prevails in the Facebook rant, regardless of what the real story is.

Even when you find out the real truth, never admit that you were wrong. You can never do that. Remember, you are the expert on everything.

 

8) Spread false information and/or seriously misrepresent anything or anyone you disagree with. 

The leftist activists will love you for this one. Make sure to tag them in the rant.

 

9) Get nasty with anyone who disagrees with anything you say.

The leftists will really love you for this one. Keep tagging them.

 

10) Make sure…………..no, in fact…………make absolutely sure that you blame Donald Trump and other conservatives for whatever happened in that video.

Yes, even if it was fake news. Even if the video was found to be fabricated. It was their fault. Do your civic duty and make sure the american people know this.


Bonus Step #11) 
Use plenty of emojis in your rant.

Because when you use angry cartoon faces with your meaningless words, it gives them value. You are never truly emotional if you don’t use angry emoji faces. And you don’t really mean what you say, unless you use emojis. Emojis are the real deal. 

 

My feeble attempt at tongue-in-cheek. If you don’t like it, go ahead and rant about it if you like. Just make sure to blame Trump, not me.

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We Hated Him, He Loved Us

 

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Before we were born again, we did not love but only hated God,
Refusing to repent, we pursued our lust and were God’s enemy,
Having no hope, drinking in sin like water and wickedly flawed,
We needed rescued from our sin, yes indeed; we needed a remedy.

How can this be? How can God show such love to the wicked?
How can we make sense of such love? How can we understand?
Even though it is impossible to grasp, we ought to feel convicted,
That God has so loved us; He sent Christ, who sits at His right hand.

We should be in awe of His mercy, amazed at His infinite grace,
As we are longer slaves to selfishness and sin, we now love Him,
All because He first loved us, now our sin is gone without a trace,
So keep your eyes on Jesus; one day you will see His glorious face!
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Mortify the Fear of Man!

FEAR

 

The fear of man lays a snare, the Holy Scripture makes this clear,
It tears us apart on the inside, when our sinful emotions domineer.
We look within to try to control the mayhem, but this never works,
We must fear only the Christ, to expel the sinful dread that lurks.

Scripture tells us to fear the One who can cast our body and soul into hell,
To fear Jesus Christ, who can save and destroy; look to Him and you do well.
But to fear man is wicked and debased, for in doing so we betray our King,
Who has pledged to shelter and protect us; we take refuge under His wings.

Do not fear man who perishes, man who is mortal, man who is from the dust,
Store up treasure in heaven, where Christ is; all else will be destroyed by rust.
You must fear Jesus Christ and make Him your supreme treasure, the One who died and rose again for us,
And regarding that devilish old snare, the fear of man? Don’t even entertain it. Don’t make such a fuss!

Mortify the fear of man! Mortify it today! Look to Jesus and think of His sovereign power,
Oh dear Christian! He says to “fear not!”; Don’t you know?! Man fades away like a flower.
So trust God when He says to “fear not!”, and remember His amazing, infinite love for you;
And expel that old snare, by keeping your eyes on Him, the One who is both Faithful and True.
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