Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 27, 2013 - Spring Prayer & Clean up

Prayer focus for April 27-May 3, 2013
This week's church prayer is for:
First General Baptist of Waterford
2933 Frembes Rd.

Out with the old & dead and in with the new & living!

Clean up is a slow process. It doesn’t always go as quick as we want, but we are always making progress as long as we don’t give up.  Sometimes we have to get dirty, sometimes we might get tired, sometimes we might get injured if we don’t take proper precautions.  But as we persevere the dead stuff gets removed making way for the soil to be prepared. 

We can clean out the old stuff but if the soil remains hard then no seeds can be planted, no new life will grow.  But once the soil is softened then seed can be planted and new life will grow!  New life that becomes fruitful!  It’s all worth it to bring the new life and fresh growth.  We just have to keep from becoming discouraged, thinking that our efforts, our prayers, our hard work and perseverance is not worth it.

We also need to remember that it’s not about outward appearance—things just looking like they’re cleaned up when deep inside there is no life.  It’s about real life, eternal life, sincere change, growth and fruit. 

It may be slow and we may need to take one battle at a time, but it’s not done in our own strength anyway.  We are strong in Him and in the power of His might.  Our own persistence in prayer and dedication to following the Lord, although necessary, won’t accomplish anything without God making it all happen.

Be encouraged and know that every prayer, every act of obedience to the Lord, every time you choose Him over the easy way and wide gate, He sees and smiles on you, and you are making a difference!

Ephesians 6:10; Matthew 13


Saturday, April 20, 2013

April 20, 2013- Parental Anointing

Prayer focus for April 20-26, 2013
This week's church prayer is for:
First Church of the Brethren
5064 Hatchery

Father God protect our children from ungodly images—from media that promotes things that are contrary to You and Your ways.  I pray that You release a parental anointing.  Forgive us for neglecting our children and not having respect for our position as parents.  Let the hearts of the parents turn back to the children and the children to the parents.  Let there be a release of books, literature, media, conferences, instruction and an honoring of the parental position into Your people and our culture.  Let us take seriously our commission to teach our children the Word of God.

Forgive us as parents and teachers who set our sights on other things and began to view other things as more valuable than being a parent or a teacher.  Re-ignite the children's ministry workers calling and anointing.  Come again Holy Spirit and stir us once again to be passionate towards our children.  Stir us to honor parents from the time a child is conceived.  Forgive us for not respecting and honoring the bodies You have given us.  The temple not made with hands,   Let those who value life—who are pro-life—use the energy and zeal in a renewed focus, with vision and passion to reach the children we do have, the ones who have been born.  The babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers, young children and teen, and the parents—let them put prayers, energy, time, money, resources and passion into these young children and into parents—helping them and honoring them.

Let us all honor all fathers and mothers that we, as a people, may live long on the earth.  Let us return to the Book.  Let it be our guide.  Let it be what we teach our children.  Let the foundation of the Word of God be strong in this generation.

Malachi 4:5,6, Luke 1:17, Ephesians 6:1-3, Acts 17:24


Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 13, 2013--Speak and Declare!

Prayer focus for April 13-19, 2013This week's church prayer is for:
Fellowship Baptist
6905 Roby Ln.
Father God I pray each Christian in every Waterford neighborhood begin to make declarations over their neighborhood.  Declarations from the Word of God, about the revelation of Jesus Christ, about the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ shining in their neighbors hearts, for veils to be removed, blinders to go from the minds and hearts of their neighbors.  Christians, rise up and pray and declare and release the power of the Holy Spirit into your neighborhoods!  Speak the life of God over your neighbors!
Let the churches do the same in the neighborhoods around them—speak, declare and pray the Word of God and Holy Spirit inspired prayers. 
Let there be a woven network of the anointing of the Spirit, the Christian fabric of the Township becoming strong.  Let us understand the power and authority You have given to us—the dominion we have over the areas You have placed us in.
Mark 11:23, John 14:14, Ephesians 6:10

Saturday, April 6, 2013

April 6, 2013- God Always First

Prayer focus for April 6-12, 2013
This week's church prayer is for:
Faith Community Church
2274 Crescent Lake Rd
God I  pray that we always love You first above all.  That in our effort to show Your love to others we do not compromise our love for You.  That we always love what You love and hate what You hate.  That we don’t want to please other people more than we want to please You.  That we don’t fear people more than we fear You.  May we always remember the two commandments Jesus gave, the first one being to love You with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.  May we not compromise because of fear of people.
Father God, I thank You for all of the good things You bless us with.  I pray that the energy and wealth of Waterford be captured and used for You.  That it be directed for Your purposes, for righteous purposes, those things that will bring life and health to the township.  Thank You for all of Your blessings.  May we always appreciate everything You give us and not be afraid to receive good things from You, but direct the wealth of this region into Your kingdom.

Matthew 22:36-40;  1 Timothy 6:17;