JUST PRAY NO! WORLDWIDE WEEKEND OF PRAYER AND FASTING

TL JUST SAY NO WORLDWIDE WEEKEND OF PRAYER & FASTING

Against the persecution of a tyrant, the godly have no remedy but prayer.  – John Calvin

This is the last day of the JUST PRAY NO!  WORLDWIDE WEEKEND OF PRAYER AND FASTING.  Right now 200 million people face persecution for believing in Jesus and 60% of those people are children, according to Christians in Crisis International Ministry, a prayer advocacy ministry for persecuted believers.

If your faith won’t fit in the door that opens, then, I argue, do not walk through that door.  – DeVon Franklin

As Christians are being persecuted and killed for their faith around the world, it’s easy for us to feel helpless and defenseless – but when you stop to think about it, we have the greatest defense available – prayer!  We are a non-violent people, and we put our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world in God’s hands.

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  – Philippians 1:21

We know that if we follow Christ, we win regardless.  That’s not the point.  The point is, even children are having their lives cut short because of such evil in the world – evil that believes there should be one religion – and it should not be Christianity.

I can’t think of any decision in my life big or small that I have not prayed my way through. – Roma Downey

I know many of you have a medical condition that keeps you from fasting for long periods of time.  You can still pray along with everyone else.  Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is much like the season of lent – where for a while we give up physical food and replace it with spiritual food.  I have to be careful because my blood sugar can dip down too low.  God takes very good care of me though because I’ve not had any dangerously low blood sugars.

It’s important to stay well hydrated, so keep a bottle of water with you during a fast.  Your body can live without food for a few days, but it can only go without water for a few hours.  Don’t let yourself get dehydrated.  I have a water bottle that is BPH free – it was not all that expensive.  I think I found it at Wal-Mart or somewhere like that.  It’s a good investment if you want to measure how much water you’re taking in.  Mine holds a liter.

Choose an instance where God’s people have been in peril, but God has seen them through safely.  There are many accounts, but here’s where my focus has been this weekend:

Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought in; so they brought those men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods and you do not worship the golden statue that I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, drum, and entire musical ensemble to fall down and worship the statue that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be thrown into a furnace of blazing fire, and who is the god that will deliver you out of my hands?”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to present a defense to you in this matter. If our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire and out of your hand, O king, let him deliver us. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods and we will not worship the golden statue that you have set up.”  – Book of Daniel

If you didn’t get to start yesterday, you can begin today.  Pray the Scriptures for those around the world who are suffering and dying just because they claim the Name of Christ.  I never dreamed I’d see such terror in my lifetime – but here we are.

We have to stay strong and remember to read our Bibles and pray.  This weekend is just one more opportunity to join together and lift our prayers to God, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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A WAY FOR THE POSSIBLE

This is just a reminder that things are not always what they seem to be.  It’s meant to be a pepper-upper for ones who may feel discouraged.  Some things are enhanced, others are hidden.  Some facts come to light literally years after the person is dead and gone.  The take-away here is that no matter what things look like on the surface, they are never that simple.  People do what they do for a reason.  People say what they say for a reason and last but not least, people believe the way they believe for a reason.

How would these people’s lives and careers have been different if they had not experienced these events or wanted to change their look or ventured out in some way to try something new?  If you thought that celebrities somehow get to walk on easy street from day one – think again!  Some of these people overcame some major obstacles before they got their big break:

  • James Earl Jones had a severe stutter as a child and was silent for nearly eight years.  Aren’t we thankful he got over it?  He has one of the most distinguished and iconic voices in the world.
  • When Stephen King was 2 years old, his father went out to “buy a pack of cigarettes” and never came back.  This has influenced him tremendously.
  • Elvis Presley was a natural blonde.  The familiar black hair was dye he used from the time he got into high school.  He wanted his hair to look like the truck driver’s hair – and most of them had dark, slicked back hair.
  • Vangelis, a pioneer in electronic music, performed soundtracks for movies and won an Academy Award for the score in “Chariots of Fire”.  He can’t read music.
  • Mel Blanc, the voice of Looney Tune characters, got into a near-fatal car crash in 1961 that resulted in 3 skull fractures and a 3-week long coma.  His doctor could not get a response, so asked, “Bugs, can you hear me?”  Blanc, in the voice of Bugs Bunny, responded, “What’s Up, Doc?”
  • At 35 years of age, Harrison Ford was fitting a door for Francis Ford Coppola when a studio executive, testing actresses for a new film, asked him to help out by reading the lines written for the male lead.  The film was “Star Wars”.

It’s also a reminder – God really does have a great plan for your life.  Now, it doesn’t mean that you will be a movie star or become famous at all, but remember that you will always be God’s STAR because you belong to Him!  Wink!  😉

DON’T GO TO WORK UNLESS IT’S FUN DAY

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To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.  – Reba McEntire

If you’re going to go to work every day, wouldn’t it behoove you to make it as pleasant as possible?  Think about how much time you spend working.  You are at your job more hours than you are at home if you work full-time.  Of course to find full-time employment these days is almost a novelty, but we won’t discuss that today.

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Are you miserable at work?  Does it leave you less than fulfilled?  It can be a great temptation to hop from job to job, but it is possible to make your work environment better.  I didn’t say it’s easy – I said it’s possible. 

How can you make things better in the workplace?

  • PRAY a quick prayer to the Father.  It’s amazing how God will lead you as you begin conversations in the workplace.  His wisdom trumps your intuition every time.
  • SMILE the next time you make eye contact with a co-worker.  As Mother Teresa said: “We’ll never know the good that a simple smile can do”.
  • LEAVE NEGATIVITY AT THE DOOR and shake it off before walking into the office.  Nobody wants to hear that your battery went flat in front of the gas pump this morning and AAA brought you to work.
  • HANG ON TO A BIBLE VERSE because God is the only one who can help you be the shining beacon you need to be in this dark world.  My favorite verse is Psalm 56:3 WHAT TIME I AM AFRAID I WILL TRUST IN THEE.
  • LOVE TRIUMPHS OVER JUDGMENT especially in the diverse environment of the workplace.  We are Christians and have our personal beliefs, but all we can do is live the life in front of others, we can’t change anyone – that’s God’s job.  We love – it’s part of being in the world but not of it.
  • BE SENSITIVE to the vibes coming from co-workers.  Everyone has moods and if someone snaps at you, don’t take it personally.  Maybe their battery went flat in front of the gas pump this morning too.  Forgive quickly.
  • BE PROFESSIONAL but not aloof.  It’s okay to be human, but don’t wear your feelings or your lunch on your sleeve.
  • BE PLEASANT in your attitude, your manner, your tone of voice and don’t get caught up in any office gossip.  Remember if a co-worker will talk to you about someone else, they will talk about you to someone else.  Gossip is poison in the workplace – stay away from it.

Life’s too short to be miserable. If others can have fun at work, so can I!   🙂