TEN DAYS OF PRAYER FOR AMERICA

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WE CAN RISE ABOVE IT ALL

What is FAITH?

You know what I’m going to say…  we’ve all heard it and we spout it off so fast because from childhood it’s been drilled into our memory bank.

 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  – Hebrews 11:1

That’s not the version I memorized, but regardless, simply put, the biblical definition of faith is “trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove.”

God needs no one, but when faith is present He works through anyone.  – A.W. Tozer

While researching and studying to prepare for these posts, something smacked me right between the eyes (yes, it did hurt – thanks for asking).  The laws of our land are dependent upon PROOF.  When we go to court, there is a burden of proof – you have to prove your case or you are toast.  But in the spiritual realm, there is less fear about having to prove something and more faith, which is not based on proving anything – because God doesn’t have to prove Himself.  We just lean on Him for all the answers.  It sounds simple, doesn’t it?  We’re human, and we are always going to want to fix stuff – which means we will always want to DO something about something.  Don’t sit there acting like you don’t know what I’m talkin’ about.  It’s true.  I’m the same way.  If something is wrong, I want to make it right again.  If it’s broken, I feel the need to fix it.

To have faith is to believe the task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us.  – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can’t fix our country and neither can you.  All we can do is what we are able to do.  We pray, first of all.  We vote when it’s time to vote.  We get involved as opportunities present themselves and doors open.  We write blogs (my hand is raised), and we express opinions on facebook, for all the “good” that seems to do (I don’t think it does much except get everyone upset).

I’m adopting a positive outlook about our country’s future, and I’m committing this verse to memory:

There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.  – Proverbs 23:18

Today let’s pray that God will give Christian Americans more faith.  Where does faith come from?

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  – Romans 10:17

Stay in God’s Word.  Read, study and put as much of it in your mind as you can stuff in there.  It’s amazing how many times you will find yourself in a situation and it is Scripture that comes to mind along with God’s Holy Spirit.  What do people do when they don’t have that kind of comfort in tough circumstances?  I don’t know, but I’m so thankful for God’s provision in my life.

One more thought before we pray.  Did you know we can’t please God without faith?  That is a sobering fact, isn’t it?

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.  – Hebrews 11:6

Well, we began in Hebrews and ended there.  Isn’t there a joke about Hebrews and coffee?  Never mind.  Let’s pray for more faith in Christian America:

Dear Heavenly Father,  Today is a day You created just for us and we humble our minds and hearts before You to say thank You.  Here in America it’s easy to look around and lose heart.  It’s easy to think about throwing in the proverbial towel and giving up on society sometimes.  People seem to be more rude than they used to be.  Mankind seems to have fallen into a pattern of selfish behavior like never before.  Today we call upon You, the Great Physician, to heal our cynical thoughts toward others.  We ask You to bring to mind the good in our brothers and sisters in Christ.  We want to be positive, not negative in our thought patterns, our attitudes, our behaviors and our lifestyles.  In order to live a life that is truly pleasing to You, we need more faith.  Help us to study Your Holy Word and hear the preaching of it from men who are truly anointed and not afraid to preach sermons from any part of the Bible.  We think of the old hymn “Faith Is the Victory” – that overcomes the world.  It’s only with You in our hearts and minds that victory can be ours.  Please help us to live victoriously here in America, with faith that pleases You at all times.  We ask all these things in the precious and matchless Name of Christ Jesus our Lord.  Amen.

Lucinda and I chatted on facebook yesterday about how it would be great to have the PERFECT recipe to get God’s PEACE in our country.  Just the right mix of faith and hope…  love and respect for everyone, regardless of their race, religion, etc.  Guess what?  She wrote a poem – and here it is!  We need COMFORT FOOD – GOD’S OWN BREAD in America today!  COMFORT FOOD

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May God replace my cynicism and sarcasm toward others with a better sense of humor and some thick feathers on my back so the things that bother me can just roll off like water from a duck’s back.  Lord, give me more faith, hope, optimism, love, charity and good, strong coffee that is not decaf.  🙂

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TEN DAYS OF PRAYER FOR AMERICA

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AMERICA ON THE ROCK

FREEDOM is something to thank God for everyday!  He has blessed this nation so abundantly with His grace and mercy.  God is good to America and today we need to thank Him for being so good to us!

Precious Father, You have ensured our freedom here in America.  We know that without You we are nothing as a country.  Thank You for freedom to practice our faith as we believe is right, freedom of speech.  Under a dictatorship I could not be posting prayers in a blog, or saying them aloud.  Thank You that I am not oppressed, but free to express my love for You without fear of punishment or worse.  The press in our country is free – to be left of center, right of center – or to be on target with You.  We are free to agree or disagree with others on facebook or in person.  We are free to unfriend a friend on facebook if things get too intense.  We are free to read the Bible in public.  We are free to choose right or wrong.  You gave us a free will – that came from You.  America is great but You are greater.  May we wake up and realize that our freedom to do what we want and choose to follow You – that freedom comes from You, not from laws on the books in the U.S.A.  Our laws are based upon the fundamental Christian values we hold dear.  I pray that as a country we never stray away from that truth.  If we begin making laws that support sin, we are surely in dangerous territory and we will lose Your blessing.  We know You cannot look on sin.  You will always forgive us our sins, but You will not tolerate sin to continue in Your presence.  We don’t want to lose Your blessing in America.  May we have the wisdom to know right from wrong and make laws that support the right and shun the wrong.  We want our nation to please You always.  Thank You for our freedom.  It’s in Jesus’ matchless Name we pray, Amen.

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ROMANS 8:8 ON 8/8

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Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  – Romans 8:8

DON'T GET STUCK

This portion of Scripture is fairly straight forward.  In order to honor God, we have to embrace His Word and His Way of living.  God’s Holy Word – every bit of it.

I was reading about how important it is to have proper lighting surround you when you are chatting on Skype.  It’s not a simple fix, but you can look lovely if you put forth some effort, they say.  The article went on to explain that if you position your light directly behind your gadget’s camera and place a sheet of white paper on the table, directly below your chin (which will bounce a soft glow onto your face) – then you will look really good!

How much effort are we willing to make to look good for our Heavenly Father?  Do we care if He is pleased?  Does it matter if He sees us in a flattering light?  Will we put more effort into looking good on Skype than we do in being godly?

Is anyone else saying OUCH… ???

We do tend to spend a lot of time on the external, don’t we?  If Christians (I’m pointing to myself too) would spend half the time working on the internal, how great would that be?  That’s why daily devotionals and Bible study classes are so important.  We need to have that head knowledge of God’s Word to make us wise.  We need to have that heart knowledge of God’s Word to make us strong.

Let’s have the proper lighting on board as we walk in God’s Way…  God Himself.  Before you step out into the world today, don’t forget to pray.  Ask the Lord to light your way and point you in the right direction.  Ask Him to keep you safe from harm and hold you closely.  He will honor that heart-felt prayer and protect you along life’s way.  Why?  Because He loves you, silly!  🙂