Prayer Devotional, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

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In today’s devotional passage, Paul is giving some final, and very fruitful, instructions to the church at Thessalonica. We see the importance of prayer going right alongside with being joyful and always giving thanks. Prayer is one of the means that God gives us to fuel the fires of joy and thanksgiving. When we are losing our joy and/or contentment, we should always pray. When we find ourselves not giving thanks in all things, we need to pray. When our growth in sanctification seems to be going in the wrong direction, we need to pray. Paul addresses every one of these concerns in this passage.

Joy and thankfulness in the Lord play such a large part in our sanctification. Our contentment and happiness in Christ is directly related to how we live for Him. And without prayer, we can’t expect our joy and contentment to increase. In fact, the opposite is true. Have you ever noticed that, just as your prayer life goes, so goes your thankfulness and joy in Christ. So let us pray, and ask God for the help we desperately need. Not to have everything in our life as we want it, but that He would increase our joy in Him alone. That way, we will be more prepared when God removes something very dear from us. And He will do that as often as He sees fit, in order to sanctify us.

We can have confidence that God will always answer this kind of prayer. Why? Because more than anything else, God desires our sanctification. He desires for us to be more like His Son, Jesus Christ. Verse 24 gives us the motivation. God is faithful! We can be confident that God will answer our prayers because, unlike us, He is always faithful. God is not against us having joy and contentment. In fact, He is our Father and wants the best for us. And the best thing for us is to delight in Him. God is certainly ok with us delighting in things He gives us, but we should never delight in the gifts more than the Giver.

The passage tells us that when we do this, we are doing God’s will. And since we often are prone to drift away from spiritual things, God’s will for us is to continually pray that we grow in our love for Christ. To pray continually means that we ought to always be mindful of our need for Christ and His grace, to be in a posture of complete dependence on Him, and then commune with Him in prayer. And there is a corporate nature to this instruction. Paul is giving this instruction not only to individuals, but to the local church. God’s desire is that we come together consistently to pray with, and for, one another. Now let’s get to it. (-:

God bless you all,  Jamie


1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually,18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.
23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.
25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
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Prayer Devotional, 1 John 3:16-24

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Dear brothers and sisters,

We will be in 1 John for our prayer devotional today. In this passage, we learn how much the holiness of our lives matters to God when it comes to effective prayer. Yes, how we live can affect whether or not our prayers get answered. Our generosity and the way we love our brothers and sisters is very crucial. When we are obeying God’s commandments, we are more inclined to be seeking His will for our lives when we pray. But if we are indulging in sinful patterns, or living in ungratefulness and discontentment, we shouldn’t be surprised when our prayer lives suffer.

It can become a very frustrating, repetitive cycle. First, we grow slack in our obedience, becoming lazy in our Christian walk. We neglect the Scriptures, toy around with pet sins, avoid opportunities to be with the body of Christ, etc. It then follows that, since we are neglecting the means of growth, we don’t pray for the right things. Hence, those prayers don’t get answered. We then get frustrated that God isn’t answering our prayers, tempted to blame others or even Him for our lack. Not a good place to remain.

When this happens, what we need to do is get back to preaching the gospel to ourselves, being reminded of the complete forgiveness and imputed righteousness we have in Christ. It’s time to open and meditate on the Word of God, rejoicing in His great and precious promises to us (2 Peter 1:4). Also, be with other Christians a lot. They will sharpen, strengthen, and encourage you. Don’t fly solo! If you do, you’ll end up in a worse place than where you started.As we slowly, albeit weakly, get back to the normal means of growth, we will begin to please the Lord by obeying His precepts. It may not look like a lot at first, but obedience will be present. We will be more self-controlled, more forgiving, and we will start to humble ourselves in sacrificial service to others.

The Book of James says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” John is showing full agreement in this passage with what James has to say about prayer. We don’t simply obey God just so that He will answer our prayers and give us what we want. We obey God out of gratitude for who He is, and what He’s done in saving us, and then over time He graciously conforms our will to His will when we pray. Now, let’s obey Him by seeking Him above all things! Then pray, and trust Him for His answers.

God bless,  Jamie

                                                           1 John 3:16-24

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.  For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.  And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment. Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

Prayer Devotional, Acts 1:12-26

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

Our Scripture passage will be Acts 1:12-26:

 

Dear brothers and sisters,

Let us take notice of how important Corporate Prayer was to the early church. This passage takes place just after the ascension of Jesus Christ, after He had given these early disciples instructions on the Great Commission. Faced with the task of spreading the gospel to the nations, planting churches, and replacing Judas with a qualified Apostle, these men and women came together to pour out their heart to God in prayer.

The way the early church prayed in this passage is an example we ought to follow. They believed that great things happen when God’s people pray! The Great Commission has not ended, and will not end until the Lord returns. And if we are to reach the nations, starting with our own areas which God has placed us in, we need to bathe it all in much prayer. Remember, the sovereignty of God has determined where you live, and this is where He desires you to spread the gospel. And it would be arrogant of us to think we can do it in our own strength. Prayer is vital!

And notice…..they did it in agreement with one another. They were united in their motivation and desire, which was dependence on the Holy Spirit, love for Christ, and trust in God to do His work in and through them. Which ultimately leads to greater communion with God! And they were also united in their purpose, which was to gloryify God in the spread of the gospel. Having this mindset when it comes to our relationship with God will drive us to more more fervent praying for the lost. That mindset is being humble to the fact that we can do nothing without the enabling power of God.

So let us all, together with one accord, pray for the Holy Spirit to go mightily before us as we live as witnesses to the great Name of Jesus Christ.

God bless,  Jamie

 

                                                Acts 1:12-26

12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms, ‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it‘, and ‘Let another take his office.’“

21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

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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

 

6 Regrets If You Had Only Minutes to Live

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Recently, I wrote about the now famous “false alarm missile incident” that took place in Hawaii on Saturday, January 18th. It will help you to read that article before you read this list.

Now it’s time to put some flesh to the whole thing. Let’s think specifics. Because remember, our lives can be extinguished at any moment. We are clueless about how it will all end for us. God has marked out our days before time even began.

The whole point of my previous article was this:

Dear Christian: What if you had been in Hawaii on January 13th, 2018? What if you had received that now infamous message about an incoming missile? What regrets would you have had?

For now, I came up with 6. Overwhelming? On our own……yes, absolutely. But with God, well you know………..ALL things are possible to the one who believes. (Mark 9:23)

With that Scripture in mind, let’s beware of some possible regrets…………

 

1) Do you have unresolved conflict with believers?

Have you done everything you can to reconcile with other Christians? Are you too prideful to make the first move? Are you constantly making the argument that they need to come to you first?

Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:18)

2) Are you toying with pet sins, or at least one pet sin?

Are you doing everything you can to put it to death? Or are you making excuses to indulge in it? Don’t play with fire. Seek God for grace to put sin to death. When you fall, get back up again. Make your Christian life one of continual and consistent repentance.

 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:13)

We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. (1 John 5:18)

3) Do you refuse to be long suffering with an unsaved person? 

Have you sinned against them in your speech? Have you played the ‘silent treatment’ game with them? Do you move toward them, or away from them? Have they seen humility in your dealings with them? Do you refuse to follow the Golden Rule with them, simply because the Golden Rule is too inconvenient? Do they see Jesus at all in your life?

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)

4) Are you regularly sharing the gospel?

Do you remember the last person you shared the gospel with? We all need help with this, don’t we? Remember, for all the mystery we have regarding heaven, there is one thing we know for certain about it. There will be no evangelism. Evangelism is an earthly command. Heaven will be full of God’s elect, redeemed people from every age. Make your words count now. Is there someone you regret not sharing the gospel with? Pray for an opportunity. Pray for God to use you. Pray for boldness. Then, go and speak the message of the cross to them. I am preaching this to myself before I preach it to you, dear reader.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20)

5) Do you have a lazy, inconsistent, haphazard prayer life?

This is a failure to love God by not communing with Him often. And it is a failure to love others by not going to the throne often for them. Again, help us Lord. We are weak and need your grace.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

6) Have your last words with anyone been harsh, rude, or simply unkind and unloving?

You would definitely remember this if you thought your life was ending soon. Take care of it now.

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27)

How are you doing with this list? How will you improve? What steps will you take, and when will you take them?

How about this for an annual New Year’s Resolution:

By the power of God’s Holy Spirit, work daily on eliminating possible future regrets.

This list only scratches the surface. I believe it is a good start though. But I need your help. There are way more than 6 regrets that Christians have to fight against. In the comments, please add any others you think Christians need to pay attention to. Thank you in advance! May God work mightily in all of you, so you will have fewer regrets when your time is quickly running out.

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