The other night while reading my Bible, I ran across Psalm 49. I know I must have read it before, but this time it took on a more meaningful perspective. With everything going on these days: wars and rumors of wars, new outbreaks of diseases, a downward spiraling economy, and so many unheard of before events, Psalm 49 tells a different story about what, or whom, we should trust.
All God asks for is 10% of your riches, whether your riches be much or much less. He asks that you give back to Him just 10% of all that He has given to you. Remember, He is the reason for your talent, your opportunities, and your life. Understand God’s purpose for your riches no matter how great or small they may be. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago I was so ill, I thought I was dying. As I lay on my bed thinking this must be my end, I did as Job did, I prayed for my children and my grandchildren, thinking “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” I wanted all to be well with them should this be my time to enter into God’s glory. It wasn’t my time, and during and after my recovery, I rejoiced in God’s goodness, especially His mercy.
The last few weeks have been tough for a lot of us in the Houston Metroplex area. We have had to deal with Hurricane IKE and its aftermath. But, in all the circumstance of Hurricane IKE, God showed His mercy. For all that Hurricane IKE was, it could have been worse. I recalled Philippians 4: 4 – 7Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Continue reading →
Jeremiah 29: 11 – 13For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Lord, I thank You for the plans You have made regarding my life. I know Your Word is truth. I know my life is purposed for something great within thy will. Guide my steps according to that plan. Lord, let me let You be the source of my being. My Lord! My God! My Strength! My All! In You, I trust all the day long. I am calling upon You. For those who are weary give them rest. For those who are lost in a far away country, let them come home. I come to You and pray to You. My Father, listen to me. Hear the cry of my voice, and let it be a sweet, sweet song in Your ear. Let me be strong and encouraged and filled with hope. What time I have been given, let what I do be good and pleasing to You. Let me make a positive difference in somebody’s life. Let me prayerfully intercede for someone in need. Lord, use me. Tell me what it is You want me to do for your glory and your honor. I shall praise Your name, for You are indeed worthy of so much more! By the Blood of Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.
Submitted via email distribution on August 21, 2008.
My son and I had a conversation the other day about for what he prayed. He is leaving for his second tour of Iraq on the 12th and he doesn’t want to go. He has a three month old baby girl and wife at home. I asked him for what did he pray, and he said God’s will. I asked him to remember that we must not only pray God’s will, but we must also ask of God what it is we want from Him in accordance with His will for our lives.
What is asking of God but prayer, and what is prayer but conversation with God? Prayer is an intimate, loving, honest and revealing talk with our Father. My father is gone, but I recall many a day sitting and talking with him about my wants, my desires, my frustration, hurts and joys. Do you ever laugh with God? He can be funny at times. Remember, He is real. He is alive. He sees us. He hears us. He loves us. Scripture says that the prayers of a righteous man availeth much. Ask someone whose Saviour is Jesus Christ to stand with you in prayer for when two or three are gathered together in His name [Jesus], He is in the midst and when you pray, what you bind, or loose on earth is also bound or loosed in heaven. Continue reading →
I learned last night that two of my family members died. One mature in age, the other young by today’s standards. It made me think.
We are so busy living we sometimes forget we have to die, and unlike those in the Bible’s Old Testament who lived to be hundreds of years old, life is still short. James 4: 14You who say today or tomorrow we will [do this or that] …Why you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. WHAT IS YOUR LIFE? You are but a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
Physical death (unless you are one of the fortunate ones to be caught up in the Rapture) will come to each of us. It is like the second coming of Christ; we do not know the day, the hour, nor the time, but it shall surely come. Are you prepared? Are you afraid of dying? If your number rolled this day, do you know with certainty where your soul shall rest for eternity? The choice is Heaven or Hell. Are you prepared? Continue reading →