Please pray for Michele. This message is from her: "All of my organs are so wrapped in adhesions that they causing pain every time they try to function. My liver is also moderately to severely diseased (as of last April) due to immobility. I also suffer from IT syndrome in my legs from immobility. My thyroid is extremely under active and my cholesterol is sky high. That's the main things.. In a nutshell my body is struggling! Thank you for spreading the prayer! I too believe in the power of prayer!
March 21st, 2013
My Prayers for You
(An Email to A Christian Online-Support Group)
I have prayed many a time to take the place of some of you, and be condemned to hell rather than seeing you to fall into the pits. I am not worthy of such a task, but if God would but allow it , I would for you. Such is my love for the lost. I am but a servant of His, yet, weak and lowly, a sinner such as you. I do not seek gratitude for my love for others. But what I seek, is what God Himself seeks in others., He wants you to humble yourself and admit, that you are a sinner as I am, in need of a Savior. He want you to surrender all to Him, all your love, all your sins, all your weaknesses, all your cares, all your worries. None of us can carry these burdens alone. We need Him.
If I could, I believe I would hang on the cross for you. And yet I know, I cannot. For only a righteous Lamb as Jesus can accomplish and do that feat. But if I could I would try for you.
I cry many a tear for you all believe or not. I anguish that some are only here for a time and will fall away, as we have seen many a time. And yet we have some, who come as lowly children, who come and believe, and grasp the promises of God, and are transformed into His image. For some it is a quick transformation, for others, it is much slower, not because of their own lack of will, but because of the will of God for His own reason for which we may never understand on this side of eternity. Never-the- less, it is not for us to question why, but to accept and do our best to live for Him.
Until He takes us home to be with Him, I will continue to pray for you all , that he will keep you and hold you and mold you to be the man you were made to be. And until He comes I will plead for you all, and if I can, I will step in to hell for you, if it would be His will.
your other brother from another mother
You Can't Always Get What you Want
I was just listening to the Rolling Stones Song: You Can't Always Get What you Want."
As I was reflecting on these words it was brought to my mind what the Lord requires and asks of us as we live and ask of Him.
Our prayers often ask of things we would want, but they do not reflect what we need according to His plan for our lives.
How are you praying? Are you praying for wants or for needs? Do you wonder why sometimes your prayers seems to go unanswered?
Perhaps it is because you are praying for your wants instead of your needs. Our needs are what He desires that we need, not what we want. Our basic needs of course are food and shelter. For that He does provide. Which of you does not have shelter or food in your belly. Are you without shelter over your head or at least a meal a day? Look at our fellow brothers and sisters in impoverished countries. Compare yourself to themk. Are your needs met?
Pray I urge you for your daqily need and not your ewants. Then perhaps your lives will be fulfilled.
Our father which art in Heaven. Hallowed bee thy name..........................
Please pray for Nathalie from Canada. She is 23 years old and has just been diagnosed with cancer.
(Update: Thanks for your prayers so far. Nathalie had a surgery and it looks like the cancer has been removed. Please keep on praying for her!)
March 7th, 2011
Invite Him in!
Go forth this week and have a good and Godly week, for what good is a good week, if it is also not a Godly week.
Priority of Prayer
What did the apostle Paul mean when he wrote: "Pray without ceasing"? For one, he was indicating that we can live in an attitude of prayer even though we are engaged in everyday activity. This does not mean we walk around mumbling prayers to God, though there will be days when we pray much more than in others.
Instead, the indication here leans to one of opportunity. We can have a natural attitude of prayer surrounding our lives. Prayerfulness is a sign that we are dependent on the Lord and not on ourselves. Should you pray about trivial matters? Yes. God listens to every prayer. A prayer to find lost glasses or to mentally retrieve forgotten information are worthy requests.
God has called us to be people of prayer. Communication on this level is one of intimate fellowship with the Savior. It is through prayer that we discover the goodness and personal devotion of God. Though taking time to be alone with God is the ideal, we don't have to limit ourselves. God hears our prayers no matter where we pray.
Oswald Chambers writes: "So many of us limit our praying because we are not reckless in our confidence in God. In the eyes of those who do not know God, it is madness to trust Him. But when we pray through the power of the Holy Spirit we realize the resources of God -- He is our perfect heavenly Father, and we are His children."
Paul wrote in 2 Thess. 1:11 that we also pray always "that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power" (King James Version).
We need to pray to be in contact with God. We need to be in prayer to prayer for the need of others. We need to be in pray to communicate with God. There are very many reasons to pray. These are but a few. I suggest you do a little research and see what other reasons you can find to be in prayer. I betcha you'll find lots.
Time with God
God bless and have a better week next week.
Never cease day and night to pray, to read scriptures to be focused on Him at all times. And He then becomes our spiritual food, sustaining us by His Spirit.
Where My Dad Goes I Go
"Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord."1
Bill Snell was a very successful businessman, the president of a civic club, and a member of the local school board. He was also a devoted family man, and was especially close to his son, Jerry. Whenever possible, Jerry loved to go with his father wherever he went, and would often go to work with him at his furniture store. He became known as Mr. Jerry by many of the customers.
However, one place Bill would never go with his wife and Jerry was to Church and Sunday school claiming that he was too busy. This greatly disappointed Jerry who loved church and Sunday school.
One Sunday Jerry's Sunday school teacher asked him, "When you get to heaven, what are you going to do first?" Without hesitation, Jerry replied, "I'm not going to heaven! I'm going with my dad. We go everywhere together."
Soon after this Jerry's Sunday school teacher told Bill what his son had said when he asked him about Heaven. "That's just like him," Bill said, "he always wants to be with me."
"And where are you going Bill," Jerry's teacher gently asked him. "Where are you taking Jerry?" Bill knew exactly what she meant but felt too ashamed to answer.
The question plagued Bill. The thought, "Where am I taking my son," kept playing over and over in his mind. Fortunately, soon after, Bill accepted Jesus as his Savior and knew then that he and Jerry would both be going to Heaven and be together forever.2
A timely question for all parents is, "Where are you taking your children?"1
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to so live that my children, my loved ones, my friends, and my contacts will know that I am a true follower of Jesus and that they too will want to go where I'm going knowing that their sins are also forgiven, and that they have been given the gift of eternal life by accepting Jesus as their Savior. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
NOTE: For help in knowing where you are going, be sure to read the article, "How to Be Sure You're a Christian."
1. Ephesians 6:4 (NASB).
2. Adapted from KneEmail #670. http://www.oakhillcoc.org.