Thursday, January 2, 2014
GEORGIA'S PRAYER ROOM / Devotions From The Heart
Welcome To The Prayer Room...
Our Father which art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
In earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil
For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory
What a friend we have in Jesus
All our sins and griefs to bear
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in PRAYER.
This old song says it so right. You know when Jesus spoke to his disciples that day on the mount (better known as "The Sermon On The Mount"), it was not His intention that we pray those words AS a prayer, but that this prayer be a model of the ones they and we would someday speak to Him. He covered everything from praise, recognizing God's omnipotence, forgiveness of sins, praying for others, strength in time of struggles or temptation, praying for His will to be done in our lives, and having our needs provided.
Prayer is simply requesting something from God...or as I have heard and often share--- "Prayer is talking your heart out to God." For after all, He does know our hearts, doesn't He?
What a wise God we have and HOW much He loves us.
You know, communication is a two-way street. In prayer, we talk to God and through His Word, He speaks to us. That's a wonderful combination. And just like our earthly fathers and mothers, what would there be without conversation in a house. One would talk...and no one would listen or answer. How sad! How empty! But God made a way JUST for us, His children. He WANTS us to talk to Him about ANYTHING...EVERYTHING.....BIG THINGS...LITTLE THINGS... Things that to the world may seem insignificant, but not to Jesus. He loves you and I so much, so very much, that the Creator of the universe takes time to listen to little you AND me! Wow! Thank you, Jesus.
read the poetry, scripture and songs and then "Come boldly to the throne."
When teaching children to sing, you come across some precious songs. Simply said, but to the point. Here's one that tells how we're to pray..
Jesus and Others and You..
What a wonderful way to spell JOY
Jesus and Others and You
In the heart of each girl and each boy
J - Is for Jesus for He has first place.
O - Is for Others we meet face to face.
Y - Is for You in whatever you do.
Put yourself last and spell J-O-Y!!
Here's another one.
Why worry when you can pray
Trust Jesus He'll be your stay
Don't be a Doubting Thomas
Rest fully in HIS promise
When you can PRAY!!!
Simple and to the point, right? Put Jesus and others first in prayer and yourself last. And don't WORRY. God WILL take care of you.
Here's some helpful tips about the different aspects of prayer.
First and foremost there's ADORATION. Daniel 4:34, "And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation;...Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise the extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment...."
Then comes CONFESSION. I John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to firgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness."
Also SUPPLICATION. I Timothy 2:1-3 "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and accpetable in the sight of God our Saviour."
Then INTERCESSION. James 5:14, 15 "Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, annointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."
And finally last but not least there's THANKSGIVING. Philippians 4:6 "Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."
Believing Him; if storm clouds gather darkly 'round,
And even if the heavens seem hushed, without a sound?
He hears each prayer and even notes the sparrow's fall.
And praising Him; when sorrow, grief, and pain are near,
And even when we lose the thing that seems most dear?
Our loss is gain. Praise Him; in Him we have our All.
Our hand in His; even though the path seems long and drear
We scarely see a step ahead, and almost fear?
He guides us right--this way and that, to keep us near.
And satisfied; when every path is blocked and bare,
And worldly things are gone and dead which were so fair?
Believe and rest and trust in Him, He comes to stay.
Delayed answers to prayers are not refusals.. Many prayers are received and recorded, yet underneath are the words, "My time has not yet come." God has a fixed time and an ordained purpose, and He who controls the limits of our lives also determines the time of our deliverance.
In His time. In His time
God makes all things beautiful in His time
Lord, please show me every day
As You're teaching me Your way
That You do just what You say.
In Your time. In Your time.
You make all things beautiful in Your time
Lord, my life to You I bring;
May each song I have to sing
Be to You a lovely thing
In YOUR time..
JUST A THOUGHT!! ASAP!
There's work to do, deadlines to meet, you've got no time to spare, but as you hurry and scurry,
ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.
In the midst of family chaos, "quality time" is rare. Do your best; let God do the rest:
ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.
It may seem like your worries are more than you can bear. Slow down and take a breather...
ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.
God knows how stressful life is; He wants to ease our cares, and He'll respond A.S.A.P.
ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER!
George Mueller, prayer warrior, from England shares this wonderful devotional for us to learn more about prayer...
"Why are you downcast, O my soul?" Psalm 43:5
Is there ever any reason to be downcast? Actually, there are two reasons, but only two. if we were still unbelievers, we would have a reason to be downcast; or if we have been converted but continue to live in sin, we are downcast as a consequence.
Except for these two conditions, there is NEVER a reason to be downcast, for everything else may be brought to God "by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving" (Philippians 4:6.) And through all our times of need, difficulty, and trials, we may exercise faith in the power and love of God.
"Put your hope in God." (Ps. 43:5). Please remember there is never a time when we cannot hope in God, whatever our need or however great our diffculty may be. Even when our situation appears to be impossible, our work is to "hope in God." Our hope will not be in vain, and in the Lord's own timing help will come.
Oh, the hundreds, even the thousands, of times I have found this to be true in the past seventy years and four months of my life! When it seemed impossible for help to come, it did come, for God has his own unlimited resources. In ten thousand different ways, and at ten thousand different times, God's help may come to us.
Our work is to lay our petitions before the Lord, and in childlike simplicity to pour out our hearts before Him, saying, "I do not deserve that You should hear me and answer my requests, but for the sake of my precious Lord Jesus; for His sake, answer my prayer. And give me grace to wait patiently until it pleases YOU to grant my petition. For I believe YOU will do it in YOUR own time and way."
"For I will yet praise him" (Psalm 43:5). More prayer, more exercising of our faith, and more patient waiting leads to blessings----abundant blessing. I have found it to be true many hundreds of times, and therefore I continually say to myself, "Put your hope in God."
Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
That calls me from a world of care
And bids me at my Father's throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter's snare
By Thy return..Sweet hour of prayer.
Go ahead now. Have a little talk with Jesus. He's waiting. He's ALWAYS waiting and He ALWAYS hears. Lord bless you this day and always! Put on the whole armor of God.