THE BEAUTY OF PRAYER

THE BEAUTY OF PRAYER

In Ephesians 6:18 (AMP), Paul wrote: “Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).”

The beauty of prayer is that you can pray at any time. Many times we get discouraged about praying because we feel that prayer has to be structured, legalistic or religious. We sometimes find ourselves comparing our prayer to someone else’s prayer. But when we train ourselves to pray at all times, at any time of the day, then prayer becomes much more enjoyable.

However, the key is to be sure we do pray every day. We don’t want to neglect what is one of the most vital keys to developing our relationship with God! Prayer is simply communicating with God through His Word (the Bible) and by the power of the Holy Spirit. So, free yourself up! Follow these instructions from this passage of scripture and prayer will become much more enjoyable!

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Acts 13 & 14; Proverbs 7

COMMIT YOUR WAY

COMMIT YOUR WAY

In Psalm 37:5 (NKJV), we read: “Commit your way to the Lord; Trust also in Him, and he shall bring it to pass.”

The kingdom of God doesn’t function in the realm of logic. It functions in the realm of faith. Sometimes people refer to their problems as the “real world”, as if to say that God and the Bible are great for church on Sunday, but it’s not much good in the here and now.

Psalm 37:5 states that we are to “commit” to the Lord’s way. What good is a commitment if it’s only good as long as things are easy? It’s when things are tough that commitment is of the most value. What kind of commitment do you have for the Lord? The kind that says, “Lord, I’m committed until I can’t be,” or, “I’m committed until something else comes up”?  If we want to triumph in life, if we want to see God bring to pass what He’s promised in our lives, we must commit our ways to Him – when things are easy and when they’re hard.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Acts 11 & 12; Proverbs 6

IN THE WAY OF LIFE

IN THE WAY OF LIFE

In Proverbs 10:17 (NKJV), we read: “He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses correction goes astray.”

God-moments require change. It’s been correctly said that, “Nothing is as permanent as change. Nothing is as constant as change. And nothing is as uncontrollable as change.” To be “in the way of life” as Proverbs 10:17 states, we must be open to instruction, learn new ways, and be open to new ideas. If you’re set in your ways, you can expect to go nowhere in life.

There are those who think about change; they think change is a good idea; they can see the benefits of change; they think about changing sometime; but they don’t change! You can be a well-meaning, perfectly capable, potentially dynamic, God-fearing person…but you’re not willing to change, you will end up as an opportunity-loser and an opportunity-waster.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Acts 9 & 10; Proverbs 5

MADE WHOLE

MADE WHOLE

In Mark 5:34 (KJV) we read: “And He [Jesus] said unto her, ‘Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague.'”

There are times when our lives are broken by others, and there are times when our lives are broken by ourselves. Either way, when something’s broken, not only does it hurt, but it stops working. You may be in a place where you’re hurting or something in your life has stopped working. If you are, we have good news for you today.

Jesus makes people whole. He doesn’t come to refurbish, renovate or remodel. He  comes to resurrect. He goes beyond turning the bad into good; He makes the dead live. As He was making His way through the crowd, a woman who had been suffering, reached out in faith and touched the hem of His garment. When she did, God’s power flowed through her body and made her whole.

She didn’t give up. She pressed through the crowd. She reached out in faith. And she was made whole. Today, what if you took one more step forward?  What if you made one more reach upward? Flowing through Jesus is the power to cancel your past, the power to conquer your problems, the power to change your personality, and the power to complete your purpose.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Acts 7 & 8; Proverbs 4

DESIGNED TO GROW

DESIGNED TO GROW

In 2 Thessalonians 1:3 (NKJV), Paul wrote: “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you all abounds toward each other.” 

Your faith is designed to grow. As you read and meditate on God’s Word, it’s easy to see that your life falls short of God’s standards:  you’re not loving your wife as much as you should be, you’re not sharing your faith with those you should be, or you’re not as kind to others as you should be. All of this can get frustrating. This is why it’s important for you to keep in mind that your faith is designed to grow, mature and to get stronger. As you continue in the Word, and act on what God shows you, your faith will increase, and be able to accomplish more and more!

It’s also important to know that your faith must grow. Paul recognized that growing in our faith wasn’t an option. Lives were at stake. Take your spiritual growth seriously. Faith doesn’t grow on its own. It’s something that must be worked on daily. Don’t slack off. Remember, faith comes by hearing the Word (see Romans 10:17).

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Acts 5 & 6 ; Proverbs 3

PASS IT DOWN

PASS IT DOWN

Judges 2:10 (NKJV) states: “When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.”

This is one of the saddest verses in the Bible. An entire generation grew up without knowing the Lord. How was this possible? Their parents, elders and leaders knew the Lord but for some reason, they didn’t pass this down to their children. A disconnection took place.

Notice one important detail though. This verse says that they didn’t “know The Lord.” It’s not that the next generation didn’t know the customs, traditions and laws that God gave them. It’s that they didn’t know the Lord Himself. They understood the rules but had no relationship.

Parents need to do more than pass down their “religion” to their children. We can get caught up in the ritual of our beliefs that we forget to teach our kids about our values. Some parents say they don’t want to “force their beliefs” onto their children or they want their kids to “come to their own conclusions.” But they’re setting their children up for failure. Don’t take a back seat to teaching your children about the Lord.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Acts 3 & 4 ; Proverbs 2

LIFE TOGETHER

LIFE TOGETHER

In 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NKJV), Paul the Apostle wrote: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.”

David was a man that pressed beyond the past, pushed beyond the present, and pursued God on purpose. As the men who were distressed, in debt, and discontented with life committed to follow him, they would take on his strength and character. They became David’s mighty men. They learned to lock into the anointing on his life.

Paul the Apostle shared the same principle when he wrote, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ,” (1 Corinthians 11:1). One of the keys to awakening your faith is to follow the example of faith of your pastors and spiritual leaders. Submit to the authority and mentorship of the leadership God has connected you to.

God never intended for Christians to fend for themselves or live life alone. Joshua had Moses; Elisha had Elijah; David had Samuel; Timothy had Paul – this pattern is all throughout the Bible. Lock into the anointing of another.

[A new Bible Reading Plan will be released in our third 90-Day Challenge. In the meantime, the following Bible reading plan is from our second 90-Day Challenge. If you’ve completed this plan, we recommend that you read through portions again in a different version of the Bible. Use this time to catch up on any missed reading (Example: Instead of NKJV, try NLT).]

Daily Bible Reading:  Acts 1 & 2 ; Proverbs 1