Category Archives: Prayers
In all the business of life and ministry, Psalm 27:4 brings us back to the one thing we must never neglect, but rather continually search out, desire, and strive for; that is to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His Temple.
In a world full of trouble, trials and negativity, it’s vital to take time in prayer to look into the face of Jesus Christ, beholding His beauty and delightfulness. To inquire is a multi-faceted experience, for it means to plough, to break forth, to inspect, admire, care for, consider, and seek out.
In light of this let us pray:
Lord, help us to plough up, break up the fallow ground of our hearts so You can come and rain righteousness upon us.
Let us plough, in the Spirit, the hard soil of the fields in which we labor for the harvest, so that souls will be prepared to receive the saving Word of God.
In Jesus name, let us pray, casting all our burdens on Him who cares for us until we break forth in joy. Let the joy of the Lord be our strength to carry on in His will.
Let us take time in His presence not only to allow Him to inspect us and search us, but also that we admire Him and delight in Him.
Lord Jesus, in your presence let us receive divine love, causing us to care for You and for the things that are important to You.
Help us Lord to consider our ways and to allow You to mold us into Your image as we behold Your beauty.
Local Prayer Coordinator
Apostolic Life Center
(From wnop Newsletter)
“And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou” (Genesis 3:9)?
This is such a poignant question. Obviously, God knew where Adam was. The question was did Adam know where he was?
“Where are you” triggered several ideas in my mind. “Where are you” connotes your location. This could be asking where are you positionally, physically, emotionally, and even on where are you on commitment. It also speaks to where you are on a particular point of view. Where do you stand on that issue? Where are you in relations to your family life? Where are you spiritually? Where are you psychologically?
By this, hopefully, you can see where I am taking this thought process. I’m asking you today to examine yourself and see where are you on God’s agenda? When He comes, what will your response be when He asks, where are you on what I have given you to do? Will your response mirror that of the stewards who were given talents to invest?
Are you a five-talent responder? Are you a two-talent responder? Or are you a one-talent responder (See Mathew 25)?
The Second Adam, in the person of Jesus Christ, at age 12, had to respond to that same question, Jesus, where are you? Jesus had the correct response. He said, I am about my Father’s business (Luke 2:48-49).
So what would your response be when you’re asked, where are you? You are the only one that can honestly answer that question. So let us all take inventory, and make the appropriate adjustments so we to can respond like the second Adam.
Let’s pray these verses as David did in Psalm 139:23-24:
“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
see if there be any wicked way in me,
lead me in the way everlasting.”
District Prayer Coordinator
New York Metro District
Author of “The 5 Principles of Powerful Prayer”
(From wnop Newsletter)
The 2017 World Network of Prayer Leadership Retreat that convened February 27 – March 1 was a great success! The event was held at Pallottine Renewal Center in Florissant, Missouri. In the history of WNOP, this event was the first leadership retreat conducted for prayer coordinators! The event theme was “Greater,” and the main speaker was Rodney Shaw from Austin, Texas. There was a great attendance of 35 individuals from across America representing their districts. Upon the conclusion of the event, many expressed how the training greater equipped them in prayer ministry, how their lives were greater transformed, and how they were greater rejuvenated in the Spirit! There was a unanimous consensus to host this event again in the future.
John 14:12 declares “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do….” Some of the event topics included: Greater Works; Greater Change; Straight Talk; South Texas Interactive Prayer Activity; A Wealth of Resources; Creative Team Building; Greater Prayer Leadership; Greater Team Ministry; Plowing Before the Planter Overview; WNOP Forum and Q&A; and more. This dynamic event greater fortified every prayer coordinator to lead more effectively in prayer . The following photos and comments speak volumes of all that transpired, and the indelible impact that was made upon the attendees. Truly, “Our God is greater”! Applicably, as you lead in front, God’s got your back…and remember, “The power behind you is greater than the task before us”!
With great gusto and passion, I joyfully reported to all who inquired . . . “this was the closest I have come to the Upper Room . . . all in in one mind and one accord”. How refreshing to be in a setting where 100% of the individuals were 100% focused on prayer! Jeanne Gunter, Sulphur, LA
The WNOP Leadership Retreat was a wonderful blessing. I learned so much and was inspired by the teaching and the things shared. It was also a great opportunity to meet and fellowship with some of God’s precious people. Thank you WNOP team for putting this event together, I look forward to the next one. ~ Kara Schlupp, Bellevue, Nebraska
The Leadership Retreat was very empowering. The challenge to become better leaders was well presented and anointed. Being able to form relationships with other prayer coordinators was also a highlight. ~ Rick Lovall, Missouri District Prayer Coordinator
The WNOP Prayer Leadership Retreat was awesome in every way; from the warm reception, breaking bread, prayer, anointed teaching and preaching, tongues and interpretation to saying goodbye to our new dearest friends…wouldn’t have missed it! ~ Ruth Cremeans, Cuero, Texas
This leadership retreat was one of the best I have ever attended. It was Spirit filled, informative and I was able to network with dedicated saints of prayer from around the country. Thank you all to all the leadership of WNOP and Pastor Rodney Shaw for their inspiring contributions. ~ Charles Russell, Houston, Texas
I returned from the retreat renewed, challenged and ready to continue promoting prayer in my district!! I enjoyed Bro. Hofstetter’s presentation and have already reached out to the NAM Director here in the Texas District to have him come to Texas and train us so we can in turn ‘Plow Before the Planter’! I also enjoyed the camaraderie of fellow attendees and feel like I have made many new friends. ~ Becky Powell, Texas District Prayer Coordinator
FROM: wnop Newsletter – Lisa Marshall firstname.lastname@example.org
The uplifting and refreshing presence of God is upon a church where God’s people have humbled themselves to pray!
When we were born again, we were born into a family—our church family (Ephesians 3:15, John 1:12-13). God purposed this inter-relationship for our spiritual good. We need each other in united prayer and prayer warfare.
(See Acts 2:42 and James 5:16 .)
Every New Testament local church was exhorted to pray without ceasing.
Prayer with fasting is practiced. Consider:
*The church at Ephesus was exhorted to pray always (Ephesians 6:18).
*The church at Thessalonica was told to “Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).
*The church at Rome was admonished to “be constant in prayer” (Romans 12:12).
*The church at Colosse was exhorted to “continue in prayer with thanksgiving steadfastly” (Colossians 4:2).
*The church at Philippi was encouraged to not worry about anything . . . but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be made know to God (Philippians 4:6).
*The Hebrews were urged to “continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God” (Hebrews 13:15).
Around A.D. 400, Chrysotom wrote, “What we cannot obtain by solitary prayer . . . we may by cooperative prayer.”
The uplifting and refreshing presence of God is upon a church where God’s people have humbled themselves to pray! By prayer we are talking about more than a few minutes here and there. We speak of focused prayer . . .groanings . . . cries from the heart . . . fasting . . . seeking God’s face (Romans 8:26).
We are keenly aware of spiritual forces at work in the congregation and also outside the church. Preaching, teaching, lecturing, discipling—without prayer—have little impact against these powers (Zechariah 4:6).
Every local church must be united in unceasing, intercessory, concentrated, prevailing prayer! There is unusual power in united prayer. Jesus said, “My house shall be called the house of prayer” (Matthew 21:13).
When you pray for your local church, pray for:
1. YOUR PASTOR AND HIS FAMILY
Pray that God would anoint your pastor and his wife to be the godly leaders that the local church needs (I John 2:27). Pray that they would be strengthened physically and that their financial needs would be met (Phillippians 4:19). Pray that they would have wisdom in rearing their own children in the fear of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).
2. SUNDAY SCHOOL AND CHILDREN’S MINISTRIES
Pray that God would anoint and inspire the teachers to reach and teach the children on their level. Pray that the children’s hearts would be tender to the Lord and that they would receive the Holy Ghost even in their classrooms (Acts 2:39). Pray that the children would lead their unchurched parents to know Christ.
3. HOME BIBLE STUDIES AND OUTREACH MINISTRIES
Pray that teachers and workers would be sensitive to the needs of those they meet. Pray that the hearts of the contacts would be fertile soil for the Word of God to take root and grow. Pray that the entire church would feel the burden to reach their world with the love of Christ and His gospel.
4. YOUTH MINISTRIES
Pray that the youth staff—the youth pastor, youth leaders, Sunday school teachers, and others—would have genuine love and concern for the youth of the church and city and the wisdom to deal with the manifold problems that face today’s youth. Pray that parents and older saints would be examples of righteousness for the youth to follow. Pray that the youth would learn to put God first in their lives (Matthew 6:33).
5. MUSIC MINISTRIES
Pray that those involved in the music ministry would be divinely anointed as they play and sing unto the Lord. Pray that they would be sensitive to the move of the Spirit and complement the ministry of the Word. Pray that they, as more public examples of the church, would walk circumspectly before the Lord (Ephesians 5:15).
6. SINGLE MINISTRIES AND SUPPORT GROUPS
Pray that the singles would find the companionship and emotional support they need within the church body. Pray that the other support groups would be understanding and compassionate as they reach out to those in need. Pray that those in material need would be drawn closer to Christ because of their problems.
7. DAUGHTER CHURCHES
Pray for the ministers of the daughter church to be anointed and strengthened both spiritually and physically (III John 2). Pray that those attending the daughter work would pick up the burden—both spiritually and financially. Pray that the community surrounding the new work would be receptive to the Word of God (II Thessalonians 3:1).
8. PRAYER MINISTRIES
Pray for the leaders of the prayer ministry to be strengthened physically and spiritually—intercession is taxing both to the body and spirit. Pray that they would be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit and to the needs of the church. Pray that others would have a burden to join the prayer ministry.
9. MEDIA MINISTRIES
Pray that the media ministries of the church would be tools of evangelism and encouragement. Pray that God would anoint the hearts of those that hear the tapes and see the videos to be receptive to the Word of God. Pray that the church dramas and newsletters would make an eternal impact on lives.
Praying for your local church is not only an obligation, it is a wonderful privilege. Heaven and hell respond to those who pray (II Chronicles 7:14;
Matthew 16:18). Your prayers can bring revival, healing, reconciliation, and salvation. Please pray for your local church.
Produced by World Network of Prayer, United Pentecostal Church International
(From: UPCI – http://docs.wnop.org/console/images-download/prayer_guides/how_to_pray_for_your_local_church.htm)
the thousands of vulnerable orphans who are currently homeless in Central Asia.
Vanuatu. In March 2015, Cyclone Pam hit the island and destroyed 90% of the coffee harvest. Since farming is the main source of income for the vast majority of Vanuatu’s population, this damage was devastating. They are still struggling as a result.
the Central African Republic. This country has been unstable since its independence in 1960. Displacement, ill health and trauma are on-going realities for its citizens. Frequent attacks are carried out on civilians and humanitarian workers.
the persecuted church worldwide. Pray for an end to persecution and that all people will be able to worship God freely without repercussions.
Pakistan. This weekend the nation faced a new wave of terror attacks.
Mozambique. Last Thursday a cyclone hit and impacted over 650,000 people. 20,000 homes were lost and crop damage was significant.
Tuesday: Steven & Jean Tir (Slovakia/Serbia)
Wednesday: Phil & Twyla Tolstad (Uganda)
Thursday: Nathanael & Ingunn Turner (Estonia)
Friday: Mike & Dianna Tuttle (Regional Dir. Europe/Middle East)
Saturday: Dennis & Amy Uecker (Latvia)
Sunday: Kevin & Lolita Vacca (Philippine Islands)
Monday: Kevin & Crystal Wallace (France)
North American Missionaries
Tuesday: Sergio Gonzalez Family (San Diego, CA)
Wednesday: Carlton Coon Family (Suwanee, GA)
Thursday: Joel Slayter Family (Schertz, TX)
Friday: Daniel Norris Family (Southaven, MS)
Saturday: Victor Loera Family (El Monte, CA)
Sunday: Larry Rodriguez Family (Ventura, CA)
Monday: Joseph Abraham Family (Crawfordville, FL)
(Information from UPCI wnop Newsletter)
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance” (Psalm 33:12).
It is essential that we fervently intercede for our nation and the church, especially in the midst of constant challenges that arise daily. There are natural powers and laws, but there are supernatural powers and laws that come from God, that supersede all. He said “All power is given unto me in Heaven and Earth…” (Matthew 28:19). We must go to the God of Heaven on behalf of humanity, representing the powers that be on earth. Pray “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”
The Bible instructs us to pray for our national leaders. “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” (I Timothy 2:1-2). Biblically, we also should pray for our church leaders. “Brethren, pray for us” (I Thessalonians 5:25). It is so important to lift up in prayer our general superintendent, David Bernard, and all UPCI leadership and churches.
Washington’s birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Colloquially, this day is also now widely known as Presidents’ Day and is often an occasion to honor all persons who have served as president, not just George Washington. How fitting it would be now, not only to commemorate historical presidents in this way, but also to remember and lift up in prayer our current president, Donald Trump and his administration.
Prayer has played an important role in American heritage historically, as many of our national and church forefathers and leaders have turned to prayer for strength, inspiration, and solidarity. Pray that the Lord would grant guidance and wisdom to all those who serve in authority.
Pray for our president and his administration and all governmental officials in our nation.
Pray for all spiritual leaders and churches and for God’s blessings to prevail.
Pray that our leaders would allow God’s mighty hand to guide them to lead.
Pray that God would pour out His Spirit upon our national leaders and our nation, and in our churches.
Pray that the church and our nation and its leaders adhere to II Chronicles 7:14.
Pray for the seven centers of power: government, church, education, media, family, business, and military.
Pray for a great awakening and revival in our entire nation!
World Network of Prayer
(From wnop Newsletter)
What is the “Heart of Prayer”? Does it refer to the central idea of the noun prayer, or to the type of heart that one should desire? I believe it is both – something that we should both seek after and desire more than anything else.
King David was known as the man after God’s own heart. He pursued God actively, seeking to commune with Him regularly in his thoughts, words, and heart. He also desired the same relationship for his children and for his house. Although he was not allowed to build the temple, he did work hard throughout his reign to prepare for its eventual construction. God honored his heart’s desire by allowing his son Solomon to be the actual builder. David knew that he personally would never build it or see it, yet he did everything possible to equip Solomon for the task.
Instead of regretting or lamenting the situation, we can feel David’s heart’s cry in II Samuel 7:27 as he prayed “For thou, O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.” God rewarded David’s heart by establishing his children upon the throne of Israel. Far better than building a physical house, God set up a spiritual house whereby his children could be saved. Later his son Solomon prayed his own adult prayer asking for the wisdom necessary to fulfill the commission. We see God’s pleased response to Solomon’s attitude in I Kings 4:29:”And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart.”
Is that not our heart’s cry as Ladies of Prayer – that our children would take ownership of the faith and be established forever in this beautiful truth? As mothers, does it not give us “largeness of heart” to see our children respond to the moving of God in their lives – first as children, then as adults? When everything that we’ve worked so hard to instill in them appears to suddenly take root and come to fruition in their lives, and we see them make good decisions and wise choices, do we not feel like the apostle John said in his third epistle? “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”
I recently witnessed this concept in the life of Sister Margarita, a humble Philippine national living here in Spain. A faithful, praying sister who came to God via a long, broken road in life, Sister Margarita recently testified of God’s miraculous provision. It began as a simple prayer that God would provide for her to continue paying her modest faith promise commitment. Then God spoke to her and told her to pay a much larger amount, a great percentage of her monthly salary. So, after more prayer, she committed the larger amount. Within hours, her employers had paid her daughter’s school bill, gave her a bonus big enough to pay her yearly commitment, andpaid a three-month vacation back to the Philippines for herself and her young daughter Meagan.
This is a fantastic testimony for Faith Promise, but it didn’t stop there. Meagan, of course, was aware of many of these events, yet had never responded in church to the moving of the spirit. Just shortly after returning from their vacation, Meagan spoke out in response to an altar call in a home cell group meeting by saying, “What about me?” The adults gathered around, and in just a few moments Meagan began to speak in a heavenly language. Just last Sunday we baptized her in Jesus’ name!
What about Meagan, indeed?! And all the other Meagans of this world? Is that not the cry of God’s children everywhere – what about me? That is the heart of prayer – that our children would learn to seek after the heart of God. David said it so well in Psalms 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after.” People are “people” everywhere, and we all need a Savior!
Note: Ken and Kay Burgess have been missionaries with the UPCI since July, 1989. They have served in three different countries, and are currently in Madrid, Spain. They pastor Tabernáculo de Vida, (Life Tabernacle Madrid), administer and teach in the National Bible School, and serve as Supervisors of the Madrid District.
(From: UPCI – Ladies Prayer International Newsletter)
1. You can save their life. “Herod stretched out his hand to vex certain of the church, and he killed James . . . proceeded further to take Peter also . . . but prayer was made without ceasing unto God for him” (Acts 12:1, 2, 5). “The Lord had brought him out of the prison” (Acts 12:17).
2. You can move God to help someone. “Is any among you afflicted? Let him pray. 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: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick” (James 5:16).
3. You can contribute to a peaceful society. “I urge . . . that request, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone for kings and those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives, in all godliness and holiness” (I Timothy 2:1-2 NIV).
4. You can help protect others from temptation. “Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not” (Luke 22:31, 32).
5. You can help pastors be successful in ministry. “Strive together with me in your prayers to God for me, that I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea, and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints” (Romans 15:13).
6. You can help people understand spiritual things. Paul prayed for the Ephesians, “Making mention of you in your prayers, that God . . . may give you a spirit of revelation and wisdom . . . the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may know . . .” (Ephesians 1:16-18).
7. You can contribute to others’ spiritual growth. “I bow my knee to the Father . . . that he would grant you . . . to be strengthened with might . . . that Christ my dwell in your hearts . . . that ye might be filled with the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:14-18).
Want to change the world? Want to impact lives? Give yourself to prayer.
Have a blessed week.
(From wnop Newsletter)
Proverbios 18:21 nos dice “La muerte y la vida están en el poder de la lengua:” Otra traducción de la spasaje dice: “Las palabras pueden matar o las palabras pueden dar vida”.
¿Qué tipo de palabras salen de tu boca? ¿En su discurso diario y en sus oraciones? Una vez leí una señal de la iglesia que decía: “¿Rezas o te preocupas de rodillas”? Tuve que parar y pensar y hacer un poco de auto-evaluación. Tal vez esta semana, al acercarse al Año Nuevo, podría hacer lo mismo.
Quiero que mis palabras sean positivas. Quiero que mis oraciones estén llenas de palabras llenas de fe. Quiero pasar tiempo en la oración centrándome en Su Palabra y las promesas que Él nos ha dado, no en las circunstancias como son. Al enemigo no le gustaría nada más que alejarnos de las promesas de Dios, pero he decidido que no va a funcionar para mí. Hablaré de fe. Hablaré la vida. Ya que la Biblia me dice que mis palabras tienen poder, ¡he decidido usarlas para el bien mayor! Mi plan para 2017 es orar más y orar mejor.
El enfoque de los 30 Días de Oración es “Mayor”. Quiero que mis esfuerzos de extensión y mi alma ganen para ser “Mayor”. Quiero que mi donación sea “Mayor”. Quiero que mi dedicación y mi consagración sean “mayores”. Quiero que mis palabras sean “Mayores” … una mayor influencia, un mayor estímulo, una mayor ayuda a los demás. Quiero que mis palabras sean agradables a Dios y las que tocarán y moverán Su corazón. A través de mis oraciones, quiero hablar la vida a los perdidos. Quiero hablar vida y salud a cuerpos que están devastados por el dolor y la enfermedad. Quiero hablar de las grandes cosas de Dios en mi vida.
Únase a mí el 1 de enero ya que el WNOP comienza los 30 Días de Oración. Hay poder en una oración unida y enfocada y quiero ser una parte de Dios que quiere hacer cuando empezamos 2017.
Dios los bendiga y Feliz Año Nuevo a ustedes ya los suyos.
Coordinador de Oración Estratégica
Red Mundial de Oración
(De: wnop Boletín de noticias)
Proverbs 18:21 tells us “Death and life are in the power of the tongue:” Another translation of the spassage says, “Words can kill or words can give life”.
What kind of words are coming out of your mouth? In your speech daily and in your prayers? I once read a church sign that said, “Do you pray or worry on your knees”? I had to stop and think and do a little self-evaluation. Perhaps this week as you approach the New Year, you could do the same.
I want my words to be positive. I want my prayers to be full of faith-filled words. I want to spend time in prayer focusing on His Word and the promises He has given us, not on the circumstances as they are. The enemy would like nothing more than to take our focus off of God’s promises, but I’ve decided that just isn’t going to work for me. I will speak faith. I will speak life. Since the Bible tells me my words have power, I’ve decided to use them for the greater good! My plan for 2017 is to pray more and to pray better.
The focus of the 30 Days of Prayer is “Greater”. I want my outreach efforts and my soul winning to be “Greater”. I want my giving to be “Greater”. I want my dedication and my consecration to be “Greater”. I want my words to be “Greater”….a greater influence, a greater encouragement, a greater help to others. I want my words to be pleasing to God and ones that will touch and move His heart. Through my prayers, I want to speak life to those lost. I want to speak life and health to bodies that are ravaged with pain and sickness. I want to speak of the great things of God in my life.
Join with me on January 1 as WNOP begins the 30 Days of Prayer. There is power in united, focused prayer and I want to be a part of God wants to do as we begin 2017.
God bless you and Happy New Year to you and yours.
Strategic Prayer Coordinator
World Network of Prayer
(From: wnop Newsletter)
A heavy burden has gripped the heart of many for a mighty revival of countless prodigals to return to God in truth, holiness, and righteousness. We must pray, intercede, and fast more than ever before for their return. Jeremiah 3:22 reads, “Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee, for thou art the Lord our God.”
Pray that God resurrects the prodigal and lukewarm to a life with Him.
Pray that God draws His prodigal and lukewarm children near to Him by His Spirit.
Pray that there is an awakening among God’s prodigals and lukewarm saints.
Pray that God gives His prodigals visions and dreams that stirs the heart and draws them to Him.
Bind the spirits that are hindering the prodigals from returning back to God.
Tear down every stronghold through the power of prayer that is keeping them in bondage.
Pray that “The Spirit of the Lord . . . sets at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).
Pray that the prodigal and lukewarm cries out to God for mercy (Psalm 41:4).
Pray that God opens the eyes and understanding of the prodigal and remembers how Jesus was wounded for their transgressions, Jesus was bruised for their iniquities, and by His stripes they are healed (Isaiah 53:5).
Pray the prodigals will desire to return back to God and say, “Come, and let us return unto the Lord; for he hath torn, and he will heal us. . . .” (Hosea 6:1).
May God richly bless you.
South Texas District
(From: wnop Newsletter)
“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen” (Acts 17:6-7).
Have you ever heard the expression “To Make a Long Story Short…”? Usually this phrase conveys an effort to condense or consolidate a story to highlight the main points and omit most of the details. The scripture above relays that during the life of Jesus upon the earth, His story was so massive that…”even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.”
Well, in reference to Jesus surrounding the way Christians commemoratively celebrate Christmas, the excerpts of the story below narrated in Matthew tells it all! Jesus: His birth, His name, and His mission! Focus on Jesus and “stick to the story,” not only during this Christmas season, but consistently during your Christian walk. Biblically, Jesus is partly saying, “That’s the story of my life”! Glorify God and meditate on His story continually, as concisely relayed here:
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS” (Matthew 1:18-25).
When you get down to the point, even of much of what is chronicled in the entire Bible, “to make a long story short,” right down to the bottom line, we know “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” So in another respect, He was born to “save” you, and you were born again to “serve” Him, and to one day live eternally in Heaven. And, to make a long story short…this is how to make a short life long!
World Network of Prayer
(From wnop Newsletter)
What a wonderful time of the year we are in. Some say it is THE most wonderful time of the year. I happen to be one of those people. This wonderful time of the year when people are more thankful. This wonderful time of the year when people are more generous. This wonderful time of the year when people are more kind-hearted. And this wonderful time of the year when people seem more hope-filled!
As I sit here at my laptop, my heart is filled with hope. Not because life is going as I think it should. In fact, right now I was scheduled to be on a plane headed to a wonderful island to minister with my husband. Instead, I am housebound with a chronic illness that chose this inopportune time to strike and afflict me once again. Yet my heart is hopeful, because I recall to my mind that it is of the Lord’s mercies that I have life. It is of the Lord’s mercies that I have salvation. It is of the Lord’s mercies I am not consumed. I am reminded His compassions fail not. He has reminded me through His gentle touch of His great faithfulness.
Not only during this most wonderful time of the year, but every day of every year, I want to be a Christian who has hope. My desire is to show God’s grace by living a life of hope before others. It doesn’t matter what life brings our way, our God is unchanging. Our God is ever present. Our God is our constant strength and ever present help. Our God is good to them that wait and seek for Him. His mercies are new every morning, and He is ever faithful. He will never leave us; He will never forsake us.
We will only have a testimony if we have been tested. We will only need to hope if we cannot see the immediate answer. Therefore, I wait patiently in His presence and seek His face, and He helps me recall.
“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope” (Lamentations 3:21).
Pam Parker, wife of Reverend Rufus Parker, was born and raised in Wisconsin. When they married in 1978, she became a proud US Army wife. Upon retirement from the military, the Parkers served as missionaries with the United Pentecostal Church International, ministering to the US Military churches in Asia. In 2009, the Parkers returned from the mission field and moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin, where they pastor Calvary Apostolic Church. Sister Parker currently serves as the Wisconsin District Ladies Ministries secretary.
(From: PURE Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries)
I have heard the emphatic expression…THANK GOD!…as a sigh of relief of gratitude when something favorable has occurred. But how much more meaningful it is just to THANK GOD, as a lifestyle in all things. I Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” Let’s sincerely thank God consistently. Thanks…giving is a form of prayer. THANK GOD for who He is and for the blessings He has bestowed upon us. To “thank God” is to recognize that God is the giver. Let’s offer up the following prayer to God:
“O Give Thanks”
O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:
The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:
The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:
And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:
With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:
And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:
But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.
To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:
And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:
And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.
World Network of Prayer
(From: wnop Newsletter)
Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Revelation 5:8).
Our prayers never die.
Our God is awesome and always faithful, even when we wonder if He really hears us when we pray. We may ask, Will He really take care of this one? That heart is too wild, too hard, too confused, too lost! Will my prayers be in vain?
Never fear. God knows our thoughts, our desires, and our heart’s cry. When we pray according to His will He hears us and truly cares. He is more anxious to hear our petitions and answer them than we may believe or even understand. But God is Faithful.
Some of my early childhood memories are of my mother in her closet of prayer, crying out to God for her children’s salvation. The youngest of seven, I had the privilege of being raised on a Pentecostal pew but my older siblings did not. She prayed relentlessly for their salvation, even when not a ray of hope could be seen. I believe her prayers are still alive and working on hearts.
Because prayers never die, my father was baptized at eighty-eight years of age after mom prayed for him nearly fifty years. One brother came back to God after a number of years living an ungodly lifestyle and now pastors a revival church. Another brother came back to God after decades of running from God. His return to God occurred after mom had already passed on to Glory. God is eternal, and He is not confined to our time table ever.
Luke 18 tells the parable of the unjust judge and the persistent widow and the unjust judge granted her request because of her continual asking. If we know we are praying in the will of God I believe we can persist in our praying, showing faith that God will answer. Our faith may be tested, but He will answer in due time.
Do not give up on that wayward child. Be encouraged. Keep praying and believing. We cannot possibly begin to imagine God’s ways and His timing is perfect. Our prayers are so precious to Him and are stored in golden bowls. They do not die.
Note: Miriam is married to Mike, the love of her life for forty-two years. She served as evangelist’s wife, pastor’s wife and now missionary’s wife in Argentina. She is the proud mother of two awesome sons and daughters-in-law and Nana to two incredible grandsons!
(From: Ladies Prayer Intl November 2016 Newsletter)