Friday, June 28, 2013

June 28, 2013 -Learning from Storms

Prayer focus for June 28-July 5, 2013
This week's church prayer is for:
Lifepoint Christian Church
501 Scott Lake Rd.

Storms—what we can learn from them:

Father God, I pray we learn how to prepare for future storms both physically and spiritually. That we learn what’s important and what is not important.

During tough times what’s in our heart becomes more evident. Are we impatient or patient? Intolerant or grateful? Full of complaints or praise? Full of anxiety or faith? Selfish or kind?

Lord I pray we always behave in a way that is pleasing to You—-not only outwardly but inwardly as well.  Thank You for Your protection and provision in the things we see but also in what we don’t see.

Psalm 91

Saturday, June 22, 2013

June 22, 2013-Prayer Walk-Southwest Quadrant

Prayer focus for June 22-29, 2013
This week's church prayer is for:
Life Tabernacle
67 N. Lynn

"For you will go out with joy, And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands..." Isaiah 55:12 (NASB)

When starting out on a venture for the Lord sometimes it begins with excitement. We've heard from Him and we are excited about the new direction He is taking us. There may even be signs along the way that we are on the right path. He prepares the way, He makes our paths straight. There are confirmations--God "coincidences"--that make it seem like everything will be smooth sailing.  While on this path we need to take time out to pray in our hide-away prayer place. Little coves where we can seek the Lord, pray, worship, enjoy His presence and receive continued direction.

Sometimes the road will get rough. The path isn't as smooth and we may begin to doubt the path we are on. We may wonder if we missed it somewhere and where that was.  But it doesn't necessarily mean we did. We need to stay alert and in tune with Him. Sometimes we can learn from those who have been on this path before us.  We need to continue to worship Him, it will get us through the rough times. We don't need to be looking for an easy way out, but for the right and true path. God has a hedge of angels protecting us when we are in the place He wants us to be. We don't need to worry, we just need to stay close to Him, and listen.

Proverbs 3:6, Proverbs 16:33, Matthew 6:6, Isaiah 55:6, Proverbs 24:10, Psalm 91

Saturday, June 15, 2013

June 15, 2013 - Hearts Like His

Prayer focus for June 15-21 2013
This week's church prayer is for:
Lakecrest Baptist Church
35 Airport Rd.

Father God I pray your people draw near to You with their heart. I pray we search our own heart and see the truth of what is there. I pray we don't just have an appearance of godliness but that we truly desire You and Your ways.

Let us replace criticism, sarcasm, complaining and unrighteous judgments with worship, praise and thanksgiving. Let our words match our hearts so that even if we have ungodliness in our hearts we confess it and repent and turn towards You to be filled with Your Holy Spirit.  Let the blood of Jesus flow through our hearts bringing forgiveness, cleansing and making us like You!

God helps us not to judge according to appearance, or to judge unrighteously.  Help us not to simply look at outward behavior, but to look at the heart and judge righteous judgment.

Matthew 15:8, John 7:24; 2 Corinthians 5:16

Saturday, June 8, 2013

June 8, 2013 - Prophesy of the Land

Prayer focus for June 8-14, 2013
This week's church prayer is for:
Hope Community Church
1240 Jay Street
Lord I pray Your people take the time to stop and listen for Your Holy Spirit.  That they stop their own plans and thoughts and works and wait to hear from You to discover Your plans and thoughts.  I pray we don't just blindly follow what looks to be good and right, but that we stop, wait, listen and hear from You.
In Ezekiel 36, the Lord had Ezekiel prophesy to the mountains, hills, ravines and valleys.  The land had become wasted and desolate and overtaken by Israel's enemies because God's people had forsaken Him.  
But the Lord told Ezekiel to speak to the land and say it would bear fruit for His people who were soon to return to the land. He said His people would inhabit the cities once again.  People and animal would increase and be fruitful.  God's people would walk on the land and possess it and it would become their inheritance.
Lord let the land of Waterford be at peace, calm, still and quiet.  Let the peace rise up from the land and calm the people.  Let the infrastructure be safe and secure. Let the use of the land bring honor to the King of kings.  Let there be peace in and on the waters.  Let the walls of safety and security be rebuilt.  Let the building and planning departments have Your wisdom and understanding.
Let all of Your people return to You in their hearts.  The heartland of America is turning to Jesus!


Saturday, June 1, 2013

June 1, 2013--The Awaken to the Word

Prayer focus for June 1-7, 2013
This week's church prayer is for:
Harvest Baptist Church
1092 Scott Lake Rd.

"Since all this is true, we ought to pay much closer attention than ever to the truths that we have heard, lest in any way we drift past [them] and slip away."  Hebrews 2:1 The Amplified Bible

Awaken Your church O God!  I pray the Son comes to wake up God's people.  Three things that help to arouse a person out of sleep are light, warmth and words.  The sun brings light and warmth.  The Son brings the Word of God.  I pray the people of God pay much closer attention than ever to the truths they've heard.  That the Words of God arise and are resurrected in the hearts and minds of God's people.  

The Word of God made flesh--God's Son Jesus Christ brings the light, the warm touch and the powerful words that will awaken us spiritually.  But once awake we must open our eyes!  We must be willing to see the truth and reality around us.  The blinders must go, the light of Jesus Christ musts shine in our hearts and we must believe and have faith in Him.  Then we must arise and be about the Father's business. 

I pray we are not distracted or lulled to sleep with hypnotic, deceptive words but pay close attention to the Truth of God's Word.  The spiritual  weapons given to us are that we bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.  That we pull down thoughts--arguments and reasonings and every arrogant thing--that would go against the knowledge of God.  We need to recognize the deceptive, distracting words.  God, may we fill our minds with Your Words, paying close attention to them, and not spend time listening to other things that are contrary to it.

John 1:14; Matthew 13:15; 2 Corinthians 4:4-6; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Jeremiah 7:8