Thursday, May 28, 2015

A True Change of Heart

Jesus taught us through the parable of the sower that it's the condition of the heart (soil) that affects what happens to the Word of God (seed) when it is heard. (sown). I pray that all people in Waterford, sinner and saint alike:

  • Value the Word of God enough so that when they hear it, they pay attention and seek understanding. (not like seed sown by the wayside).
  • Give the Word room to grow, and when faced with difficult choices--choose the Word, even if its a more difficult path. (not like seed sown in the stony place).
  • Keep their hearts weeded, so the cares and distractions of this world don't choke out the Word and keep them from bearing the fruit that it was sent to produce in their life. (not like seed sown among the thorns). Matthew 13, Mark 4

We want sinners to be born again, and religious people to quit trying to earn their salvation through "good" works. We don't want people to outwardly conform to a set of religious standards, but instead have a true relationship with the Word of God--the Lord Himself. We can't have a church who puts the fear of man--or a desire for acceptance from man--above the fear of God. I pray, like Jesus did for Peter, that the faith of God's people does not fail, so that no matter what comes against us, we will choose Him, His Word and His ways above all. I pray that we remain a true and faithful people for the Lord Jesus Christ. Luke 22:32

Re-prayer May 19, 2012

Sunday, May 10, 2015

God's Laws, Not Man's "Fairness"

God's laws make a society work, man's laws do not. God is just, man tries to be fair and it doesn't work. God's Word will accomplish what it is sent to do.
O God, may we be vessels of honor, working with You to accomplish Your will, and not against You!
May Your kingdom come to Waterford! Everything in Your temple says glory! The beauty of nature speaks of Your glory, and of the submission of all creation to Your Word.
Lord, we honor You and Your Word. Teach us Your ways, the ways of justice, righteousness and truth--the ways of Your kingdom. We want Your kingdom--Your rule--in the earth. Your kingdom--the place where God and man dwell together.

Isaiah 55:11; Romans 9:21; Psalm 29; Matthew 6:10; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:3

Re-prayer April 28, May 5 and May 12 2012