Isaiah 56:6-7 Joy In Prayer

And foreigners who bind themselves to the LORD to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant–these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations. Isaiah 56:6-7

Some things that have to be done in life are not always the most exciting or joyful things to do. For each person that list is different. Some people find great joy weeding a garden, while the other person finds it an extreme torture. Some find it challenging to work with little children, while others get great joy in it.

Prayer is something that many believers find as a great chore, often with very little to no joy. When a pastor calls for a prayer meeting, often very few show up for it. It is common to hear of people say that when they try to make a prayer time with God, they end up falling asleep. You may find this challenge sometimes or, maybe, all the time.

Yet, God says that He will give them joy in His house of prayer. Keep in mind that you are the temple of the Lord. Your body is God’s house. And is house, is one of prayer–communication with Him.

Think about how much joy it gives you to talk to your best friend. Most people find great joy in that.

It should be the same way, and even more so, with God. God is better than your best friend could ever be. He truly knows every little detail about your life.

Prayer is just communication, talking with God. It is not some solemn, spiritual act. It is talking and listening to each other. You do not need to use fancy church words, speak in your own words. He does not need doctorate degree words.

As you talk and listen to God, you will find great joy. You will learn God’s heart for you and this world. You will learn what God has for you each day.

Spend time talking to God. Don’t look at it as  just prayer, but a time to chat with God. And do it all throughout the day and night, not just on Sunday and meals.

I pray today that you will find joy in prayer to God; that you will know God hears your prayers; that you will find time to talk and listen to God; and that God will work through your prayers.


Not The Wrong Number

My 18 year old son, Kyle, had this situation occur to him a few days ago. This is what happened and he wrote about it.

Yesterday I got this call from a random person.
Apparently he got the number wrong. Normally I would just ignore things like this. But he left this message saying that he was trying to contact his mom. I could tell by the sound of his voice that he was a full grown man.

So I felt it necessary to call him and inform him that he probably shouldn’t be expecting a call back from this number. He apologized and said you know the thing is. I’m about to go into surgery. Then he says so if I called you it was purely by accident.

Then I simply replied to him I don’t think it was an accident. I said this may seem a little weird. But do you believe in God? He replied to me that he did. So I said then we’re praying right now.

So I began to pray for him on the spot not knowing anything about him the mistakes that he made the regrets that he has or the victories he has accomplished. But I knew that God knew his name and knew every part of this situation.

Afterwards he thanked me and told me that I made a difference that I could never know. And I simply replied to him it’s no big deal it’s what the church is supposed to do.

As a human being I understand that it is necessary to have a healthy body you must exercise and have a proper eating habit. As a martial artist I understand that practice makes perfect. When you practice a specific skill you become competent in that skill. When you possess the competence of the skill it reaps confidence.

If you are apart of the church and the church is the body of Christ I must ask you this question. As the body of Christ do you exercise exercising is the means of tearing down a muscle so that it will build back up stronger. Christ is the coach so when he wants you to exercise do you do it? Do you as the body of Christ practice what the coach wants you to practice.
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. – Mark 16:15
So the question is do you practice what you preach? As the body of Christ do you have a proper eating habit? In other words do you monitor what you listen to what you watch where you go? What is it that you let influence you?
Now I am not the judge. But I think it’s high time we put the money where our mouth is.

Psalm 72:15 Pray For And Bless The Leader

Long may he live! May gold from Sheba be given him. May people ever pray for him and bless him all day long. Psalm 72:15

This psalm of Solomon is one in which he is talking about the king. His prayer is that God would bless the king in many ways, and that the king would live to honor God in all of his ways. In this verse, he specifically wants the people to pray for and bless the king on a continual basis.

Leaders at every level have a heavy load to bear. They are responsible for leading and guiding people correctly. Leaders can make or break people very easily  by the decisions that they make.

One thing that is easy for every person, who is not a leader, to do is to criticize the leader. Watch the news, Facebook, Twitter, and other sources of media, and one will see all the “discussions” about various leaders.

When looking from the bottom of the leadership pole, it is easy to find faults with a leader. It is easy to find reasons to not like some leader. People do this with God all the time. God allows something in their life, and they get mad because it happened or something did not happen.

People who are not in leadership do not always see the reason for the choices made. Leaders often see a bigger picture. God is the only one who sees the picture perfectly all the time, but God has placed leaders in position for a reason.

Whether you agree with or disagree with a leader should not stop you from praying for and blessing a leader. This does not matter whether the leader is of a business, a small community or the leader of a nation.

Take time daily to pray for your leaders. Pray that God will guide each one in the path He has for them. Pray that their hearts and lives will be touched by and led by God. Pray that they will make decisions that will honor God. And pray that God will pour out blessings on your leaders.

God can bless and lead even those who do not desire to follow Him. Do not just pray for removal, but show God’s love and compassion for your leaders.

I pray today that you will pray for every leader you have; that you will seek God’s blessings on your leaders; that you will show God’s love for your leaders; and that every leader will honor and live for God.

See You At The Pole

September 28th was the day set for the 2016 See You At The Pole prayer time. It is a time for students, teachers, and anyone else who desires to meet around the flagpole of their school to pray. They take the time to pray for their school and all of the students and teachers in the school.

Prayer had been removed from public schools in 1962. In 1990 some students in Texas started to gather around the flagpole at their school on a set day in order to prayer for the school, their classmates, and teachers. Over time it has grown nation-wide and internationally into several other countries.

While many groups of people and organizations desire that the meeting be banned, it has been given clear allowance by the supreme court under the freedom of speech for the students.

At the middle school that I work at in central Texas, they had a group gather for the See You At The Pole prayer. There were approximately 12 students, plus about seven teachers and myself. It was my first time to be involved with this prayer time, though several of my children had been involved in the past.

During this time everyone had held hands while standing around the pole. Our flagpole is located right outside the main front entrance to the building and next to the parking lot, where students are dropped off for school. As we were praying several dozen parents had driven up to drop off their children. Many other students came walking up that walk to school. Along with all of those people seeing us, the school sits on the edge of a major four lane road running around the town, and all those people driving by could see us as we prayed.

Several of the students were brave enough to pray out loud while there. One of the girls prayed a prayer that was several minutes long. She prayed for the students, teachers, and their families. She had prayed that they may know Jesus, be safe, learn or teach, and work together. It was a very beautiful prayer.

Along with the students several of the teachers also prayed a prayer for the school and students.

Later in the day, I had several students that said they had seen me standing there praying. Several said that had forgotten that it was going on and wished they would have been there. One student even thanked me for praying for them.

When you read the news, you hear a lot of bad, negative news happening all the time. One thing that is very common is the idea of separation of church and state, that God is not allowed in the public schools. However true that may be in some places, I know that in the town I live in, God is not kicked out of the schools. There are many students who are not afraid to take a stand for Jesus. There are many teachers that make it clear that they believe in Jesus.

Although the world would like to make you think that God is not real and not in control, it is not true. God is still alive and He has believers everywhere. There is no place that there is not a believer. As I walk through the school I am in, I see many students with Christian shirts on, I hear many students talk about various aspects of God at times, and see some with Bibles.

Even though our government may attempt to block God from being in our public schools, it cannot stop God. God is a Spirit that lives in the lives of His people. His people have access to every school in this nation. As long as there are still believers, God will still be in the schools. Despite the false teachings that can go on in a public school, there are many students who know the real truth and are willing to let that truth be known.

I ask that every time you pass by a school, or think about a school or student, or see a school bus, please pray for the students. Pray that every believing student will stay strong and true to Jesus and will be a bold witness for Jesus. Pray for the believing teachers to stay true to Jesus, and have opportunities to be His witness in the school. Pray for their protection and learning, that they will learn the truth in every subject.

Exodus 28:11-12 Remembering Others

“Engrave the names of the sons of Israel on the two stones the way a gem cutter engraves a seal. Then mount the stones in filigree settings and fasten them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Israel. Aaron is to bear the names on his shoulders as a memorial before the LORD.” Exodus 28:11-12

One of the pieces that Aaron was to wear was the ephod. This was two pieces of stone that had the names of all of the sons of Israel (formerly Jacob). These sons were now the various tribes of the nation of Israel. The names of each of the sons were to be engraved on the stones. Then this ephod was worn on his shoulder as a memorial before God.

Wearing this ephod had to have been somewhat heavy. It was made of stone and had to be large enough to engrave twelve names on it with gems in each name.

Aaron was to bear the weight of the people as he went before God. He would be told all of their sins and faults and have to present them before God. It was a heavy burden for him to have to bear.

This was what had to occur until Jesus came. When Jesus died and rose again, He was the one who now bears the names of the people before God. He is the one who takes responsibility for the actions of the people. He pays the price for all wrong doing.

Although you cannot pay the price for someone else, you can hold them up before God. You can keep on your shoulders the needs of others. When you go to God in prayer you will then remember all of the needs of others around you. At that time you can present them to God on behalf of others.

Often people put their own needs first and forget about others. Aaron was not allowed to do that. Today you are called a priest after Jesus. You are now a part of the holy priesthood of Jesus.

Are you willing to put on the ephod for others?

Are you willing to bear their names before God, to bring their needs before God?

Or are you only looking out for yourself?

I pray today that you will seek God’s help for others; that you will bear their needs to God in prayer; that you will not be only self-seeking in your prayers to God; and that God will meet the needs of many lives through you.

Hebrews 5:7 Ultimate Submission

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” Hebrews 5:7

When a person reads about Jesus in the Bible it can look like everything was easy for Him, except the time of the crucifixion. He went around speaking and doing miracles. When the authorities came and tried to oppose Him, He quickly quieted them down and left. The part about it being His custom to get up early to pray and when He prayed in the garden is often forgotten.

The author of Hebrews states that these prayers were “fervent cries and tears” going up to His Father. What does it mean to be “fervent cries and tears”?

These are passionate, strong prayers. These are cries from the depths of the heart. It is not just a simple thirty-second prayer, or a simple asking God to help in something. It is one being in deep agony over something. It is crying out desperately to God to meet a need or to give guidance in a situation. It was total trust and submission to His Father.

God heard His prayers because they were ones of total submission to His desire. Jesus knew He had to trust and obey His Father completely or all would be lost.

It is easy for you to ask God for something. It is different to be passionate about it and to completely submit to God’s answer. Jesus prayed that His Father’s desire be done, not His own.

When you are praying, whose desire are you wanting done? Are your desires lined up with God’s?

God heard every prayer of Jesus and answered them, because Jesus submitted to every desire that God had. Jesus bowed down to His Father.

Take time today to be fervent in your prayers. Be passionate about what you are seeking from God. Then submit all of your desires to His will. Trust that God will do what is best for you. At that point God will hear your prayers and answer them.

I pray today that you will passionately seek God’s desires; that you will submit to anything God wants; that you will totally trust God in every area of your life; and that God will work in and through you to accomplish His desires.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 What Needs To Be Done

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Timothy 2:1-2

Paul had just pointed out how he had been saved by God’s grace. He encouraged everyone to hold on to that same faith. Now he is urging everyone to pray and give thanks for everyone and for a good reason.

The believers who pray usually will be praying for many people. However, most will not be giving thanks for all those same people they are praying for. Part of the “everyone” believers are to give thanks for is those who they don’t really like, those who are not good to believers.

It is interesting that he includes kings and those in authority. Everyone has someone over them that they do not really care for. They think the person is wrong or bad in their leadership. Very few people will give thanks to God for that person, yet, that is what Paul is saying.

God has placed every person in the position that they are in. They are there for a purpose. Pray and give thanks for that person.

The purpose of praying and giving thanks is so that you may live a peaceful, godly, holy life.

When others are not living for God around you, it makes it more difficult to live for God yourself. Leadership will make rules against believers if they do not follow God.

When you are praying and giving thanks for those in authority, God can work in their lives to change them. Your prayers and thanks can influence them to make better choices. It will also show the love of God to them, rather than hatred and anger.

Many believers show hatred to leaders who don’t follow God. This causes the enemy to rise up stronger against believers. The enemy cannot fight true love. True love breaks down anger and rebellion. God’s true love will be shown in how you pray and thank God for others.

Take time today to pray for everyone and remember to thank God for those people in your life. This way you may live the life God wants you to live and be the witness He wants you to be.

I pray today that you will have God’s love for everyone; that God will strengthen you to be thankful for everyone; that you will pray God’s desire for everyone; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.