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“Praying for Apostolic Unity” wrote Becky Powell. 1 5/5 (1)

We were privileged recently to host Missionary friends Mike and Lisa Long (Zimbabwe, Botswana) in our home. Oh, the joy of “iron sharpening iron”! I was sharing my desire to see unity and revival in our district and related how our WNOP sectional leaders are all focused in praying thus. Sister Long spoke up and said “we all need to pray for apostolic unity!” I was reminded of how unified and “with one accord” the apostles were on the day of Pentecost and immediately following. There are at least six times “with one accord” is mentioned in the Book of Acts. Let us pray for apostolic unity.

Pray :
in supplication, Acts 1:14, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication”, supplication is the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly. The first step is attitude of the heart, a humbled spirit.

in expectation, Acts 2:1, “They were all with one accord in one place” One of the meanings of the word ‘with’ is going in the same direction (like a school of fish). We should all have a strong belief that something (revival) is going to happen in the near future.

in continuation, Acts 2:46, “And they, continuing daily with one accord… “Continuing is simply – keep on keeping on! Don’t stop, continue to pray.
in exultation, Acts 4:26, “They lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said Lord, thou art God”, The apostles were, as we should be, unified in worship, in singing and in praise to God.

in association, Acts 5:12, “And by the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people; (and they were all with one accord in Solomon’s porch) “They were a group of people unified for a single purpose, there were no divisions among them.

in purpose, Acts 15:25, “It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord, to send chosen men…” The apostles were unified in their goals and resolute in their desires. They chose to send out men that were “with one accord” also! We should pray that those going forth to reach the harvest have purposed in their heart to be apostolic, to believe the infallible Word of God and will continue walking that path!
Blessings to All,

Becky Powell
Texas District WNOP Coordinator
(From: WNOP ECHOgram – World Network of Prayer wnopadmins@upci.org)

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Praise Jesus: “Biblical Expressions of Worship” 1 5/5 (1)

We pray together aloud because in the Bible we read, “They lifted up their voice to God with one accord” (Acts 4:24).
We lift our hands in praise because in the Bible we read, “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord” (Psalm 134:2).

We sing with all our hearts because in the Bible we read, “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise” (Psalm 98:4).
We play musical instruments because in the Bible we read, “And all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments” (2 Samuel 6:5).

We clap and shout unto God because in the Bible we read, “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph” (Psalm 47:1).
We dance before the LORD because in the Bible we read, “Praise Him with the timbrel and dance: praise Him with stringed instruments and organs” (Psalm 150:4).

We testify publicly because in the Bible we read, “I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee” (Psalm 22:22).
We anoint with oil for divine healing because in the Bible we read, “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14).

We allow the operation of the spiritual gifts because in the Bible we read, “When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation” (1 Corinthians 14:26).
(Information from: UPCI)

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Our Bible says: “…but the greatest of these is charity.” 1 No ratings yet.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Corinthians 13 King James Version (KJV)

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“The children in our lives need our help to learn how to react to the chaos that is all around.” 1 No ratings yet.

Be Still and Know by Terry Sedra.
In our journey through life we are often thrust into situations in which we are in the midst of a battle or a storm. In these rough situations our reactions should be to inwardly relax in the knowledge that God has control.

Our son had spent his first years in Egypt where it rains about every three years. The event was exciting to him and to the neighbors who gathered in their balconies with towels draped on their heads to experience the few drops of rain and discuss it with each other. He was several years old when we visited grandparents in the USA, and in the night a thunderstorm downpour woke us up. He was terrified. The bright flashes of lightening, booms of thunder, and the large amount of water coming down scared him. Quietly and gently we took him to a large window and explained that God was making this powerful display of sound and light. He calmed as we noted the beautiful forms of the light flashes in the sky and the rain cleaning trees, bushes, cars, and roads, while Grandpa’s fields and grass were getting a big drink of water. All the elements of the storm were still there, but he was calm in the knowledge that his friend, God, had created and was controlling it.

Children need to be trained to be calm in the inner storms that come into their life also. We all need to realize that we can learn much by being still in the time of inside or outside turmoil.
Elihu counselled Job when he was in a great health crisis and had also lost most of his possessions to “Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still and consider the wonderous works of God” (Job 37:14).

After Job was stilled and calm, he told God something he learned, “I know that thou canst do everything, and that no thought can be withholden from thee” (Job 42:2).

Isaiah prophesied and corrected the wayward and rebelling children of Israel that asked for help from the Egyptians rather than looking to God when they were oppressed. “For the Egyptians shall help in vain . . . Their strength is to sit still” (Isaiah 30:7).

The children in our lives need our help to learn how to react to the chaos that is all around. Many countries are at war, and many have disasters of floods, earthquakes, famines, as well as prevalent crime and unstable governments. More personal chaos may be an unstable home, sickness, relatives on drugs, ridicule at school, or fears that cause turmoil of heart. Let us guide our children to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).

Note: Teresa Sedra is the wife of Mokhles Sedra and mother of two sons. She and her husband are representatives working in Egypt.
(From: Ladies Prayer Intl May 2018 Newsletter)

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I will bless the Lord… 1 5/5 (1)

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Know the “ABC Essentials ON A Path of Prayer by Lori Wagner.” Like 5/5 (1)

The following guide is a navigational tool for an intimate prayer journey. It offers direction, however, feel free to divert from the suggested path and follow as the Spirit leads.

A: ACKNOWLEDGE God, the Father of creation—His sovereignty, His majesty. ACCESS His presence through praise. ASK Him to lead you in this time of prayer.

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name” (Psalm 100:4).
“Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1).
“In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths” (Proverbs 3:6).
B: BLESS the Lord! Bless His holy name, and then bless His people, your family, and yourself.

“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name” (Psalm 103:1).
“Give a blessing [pray for one another’s well-being, contentment, and protection}; for you have been called for this very purpose” (1 Peter 3:9, AMP).
“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace” (Numbers 6:24–26).
C: CONFESS your failures, frailty, and sins, as well as your dependence on God. Humble yourself, but then see yourself as forgiven and restored (in the same condition as Adam or Eve before sin yet living in a world in need of God). Then COME boldly to prayer free from sin, guilt, and shame knowing Jesus enjoys your confident approach.

“O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name” (Daniel 9:19).
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
“The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight” (Proverbs 15:8).
D: DELIGHT in Him. Give Him your full attention. DESIRE Him and to understand His Word, heart, mission, plans, and strategies.

“Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee” (Psalm 73:25).
“Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” (Psalm 37:4).
“Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).
E: EXPRESS your prayers in English. Pray with understanding for known needs such as spiritual and emotional healing, illnesses, relationship issues, and financial concerns. Be EXPLICIT with your requests, and remember to include church and secular leadership.

“I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also” (1 Corinthians 14:15).
“Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11).
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” (1 Timothy 2:1–2).

CONTINUES at: http://www.worldnetworkofprayer.com/a-praying-life/abc-essentials-on-a-path-of-prayer/

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Alone with God by Gwyn Oakes Like No ratings yet.

We often hear people say they are going to “get away” for the weekend or go somewhere apart from the daily grind. We think of trips to the seashore or to the mountains to rejuvenate and refresh ourselves. This is not always an option as time and finances do not allow us the luxury.

I have found there is nothing more refreshing and rejuvenating than to have time alone with God. When we face dark times, feel no one understands, or simply want to be alone and feel His love and care, we can slip away to a quiet place and find Him there. Jesus gave us that example again and again.

The words of an old song come to mind: “Standing somewhere in the shadows you’ll find Jesus.” In a quiet place, whether it is a closed bedroom door, a spot in the backyard, or in our car in a parking lot, God is waiting to meet us. He longs to know that we want to be in His presence, that we want His love and help.

Jesus felt the need to be alone: “And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone” (Matthew 14:23). He taught us by example the importance of setting aside solitary time with God.

In my darkest hours, I find peace and consolation in being alone with Him. When I simply want to reflect and be in His presence, He is always there – just a prayer away. I know from experience that He hears me when I talk to Him. He cares about my fears and frustrations and calms my troubled mind and soul. It is wonderful to share my excitement and joy with Him as well.

Regardless of my situation, my heavenly Father watches over me. When I am alone with Him, I more clearly see the way He wants me to take. He strengthens me, teaches me, and reveals secrets to me – just as He did His disciples. “When they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples” (Mark 4:34). “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately” (Mark 6:31-32).

Find a place alone with Him often.

This article is reprinted in memory of Gwyn Oakes, former Ladies Ministries President of UPCI. She now rejoices in the presence of the One she loved so deeply and served so faithfully.
(Information from: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries ladiesconnections@upci.org)

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Praying for Prodigals Like 5/5 (1)

There are many prodigals (backsliders) that have been raised to know the truths of God’s Word. Prodigals are found in all walks of life and circumstances. Not only are they in our workplaces and even in our churches, some are in far worse places including prisons, mental hospitals, and on the street, etc. It has been said, “sin will take you further than you want to go and keep you longer than you want to stay.”

God is “married” to the backslider. He declares it in Jeremiah 3:14, “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion.”

We must reach for these prodigals through prayer. God values them. He wants to rescue, restore, and save those that have been shipwrecked. He sees the value of their soul and so should we. Time is running out!

Suggestions on how to focus on prodigals:

Make a prayer album with photos of prodigals. If photos are not available, write their name in the album. Write at least one promise from the Word of God below their picture and pray those promises over them daily.
Ask your prayer team or prayer partner to pray with you daily for them.
Fast one day a week for them.
Obtain a spiral book of index cards. Write a prodigal’s name on each card and use these cards to remind you to pray for them throughout your day.
Praying for the Prodigal:

Pray God will wake up the spiritually sleeping prodigal and place a deep hunger within their hearts to return to their first love which is Jesus.
Pray prodigals come to Jesus in true repentance.
Pray prodigals will come to themselves and realize that “today is the day of salvation.
Pray God will pick up the broken vessels, place them on the potter’s wheel and make them into what He wants them to be.
Pray prodigals will feel and accept the mercy and grace of the Almighty God.
Pray God gives each prodigal a deep desire and determination to live for Him regardless of circumstance.
Pray prodigals will have the ability to forgive themselves for walking away from God and any sin they may have committed while away from Him.
Pray God’s People will accept His prodigals back with open arms, love, prayer, and encouragement.
Pray God’s Prodigals will be restored to Him and be refilled with the Holy Ghost.
Esther Hunt
South Texas District Prayer Coordinator
( Information from: http://www.worldnetworkofprayer.com/…/praying-for-prodigals/ )

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