Let God’s Word be enough to move us to pray faithfully with others; but should we need to see a man in flesh with a voice of emotion teaching God’s Word to convince us to pray, then let this video by John Piper encourage us. Are you part of a group whose mission it is to pray faithfully? If not, then begin your search for a prayer group by checking out your church’s prayer group and start helping change the world in a great way. Will you pray with me?
(Matthew 18:19-20) Again, I tell you truly that if two of you on the earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by My Father in heaven. For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.
Tonight I’m excited to pray for Saturday’s prayer topic: people who don’t know Christ. For me this is a fun day to pray! (Friday’s prayer topics make me want to cry.) If you’re looking to organize your prayer life, maybe even use a daily prayer calendar, then there are many fabulous options available by great ministries to get you going. If you haven’t yet checked out these options, then check out the link below to view my daily prayer schedule (which has and will continue to change along my prayer journey). I hope it will inspire you to create your own calendar for the topics important to you. My next blog will encourage you to pray using scripture…I’ve seen super cool things happen from this! Will you pray with me?
To keep my prayer life organized I have been using a three ring binder with tabs, but I am so excited to have just found a prayer app I can use on my phone! It is called PrayerMate and it is a great way to keep your prayer life organized on the go. You can add whatever prayer subject pages you like and add whatever scripture and notes you like to each subject page. You can even set a timer to remind you to pray! I love it! I do not necessarily advocate all the information provided on the “ready-made content & organizations” section (and nor does PrayerMate), but I do recommend the app. I can’t wait to start using it and I hope you will check it out. Now when you are surfing the net on your phone at random times throughout the day…you can pull up your prayer list and take a few minutes to change the world through prayer! Please pray with me. Ephesians 6:18 “…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.”
Anyone sexually frustrated because your sexual desire is not a) morally and socially acceptable or b) not legal? Feel free to borrow the argument below:
An unmarried person desires to have sex with another. Choosing to do so results in sexual immorality.
A married person desires to have sex with someone other than their spouse. Choosing to do so results in adultery.
A family member desires to have sex with another family member. Choosing to do so results in incest.
An adult desires to have sex with a child. Choosing to do so results in pedophilia.
A person desires to have sex with an animal. Choosing to do so results in bestiality.
A member of one sex desires to have, well they can’t have intercourse because it’s not naturally possible, but desires to have sexual relations with someone of the same sex. Choosing to do so results in homosexuality.
Common words throughout all instances listed above: desire and choice. There is a desire to have sex. There is a choice to do it or not.
America is now giving moral, social and legal rights to the homosexual that are equal to the heterosexual. If America wants equal rights for the homosexual, then the sexually immoral, adulterer, incestuous person, pedophile, and those who practice bestiality must become morally and socially acceptable, and if need be, legally equal to all other sexual orientations. Doesn’t America want fairness and equality, not just for the homosexual, but for all people who are born with the desire to have various sexual relations?
Are homosexual rights an issue of fairness and equality? Are they unalienable? I say not. Civil rights are an issue of inherent skin color. One may be born with black skin or white skin – but they have no choice in the matter. One may be born with a human nature having a tendency towards homosexual desire, as well as other sexual desires listed above, but they have a choice as to whether or not they act on the matter. ‘
No matter how strong the desire towards any behavior, Jesus’ blood is more powerful than our tendency. John 8:36 Romans 8.
Call me hormonal because I’m pregnant, and I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine is speaking to people from nearly all arenas of my life and realizing a progressively common theme among professing Christians…that most Christians believe that some parts of scripture aren’t meant to be followed today. Just slap a sticker that says “God is love and He forgives” and let the preachers and teachers tell you ways to feel better about yourself…and bam, you have a theology and a church. If you’re by far primarily relying on your good preacher and Christian books to tell you what God says – then you’re going to be deceived to some extent. If you’re listening more to men about what God’s Word says because you trust the guy and he just makes you feel so good, but you know scripture only to the extent your preacher or your book quotes a couple verses, then I would have little confidence in your theology. Do you know how dangerous that is? If you’re not in God’s Word for yourself – then I wouldn’t claim to understand God’s ways. And we wonder why the American Christian church is in decline… If you balk at the American churches who are ordaining homosexual ministers and the like…but spend more time listening to teachers and preachers and reading books than actually reading His Word…then you’re likely on a slow and steady path to becoming like them, or it may be the generation after you…but it’s coming and the American Christian church will continue to diminish.
It is not uncommon for a woman in her thirties from the South to have spent some time throughout her childhood in the pews of a Christian church and to have gained some knowledge of the Bible. From my earliest memories, I recall having strong religious convictions and sharing them with stuffed animals on my bed and friends on the playground. But my spirituality was no different than that of a devout Buddhist, Muslim, or for that matter, I was no different than any other human being trying to to be a good person.
After years of religious activity, both private and public, all of that came to a halt. During my freshman year in college, I was in my dorm room speaking on the phone with an agnostic acquaintance, encouraging him to consider Christian things. In response he challenged me with questions that I could not answer. Baffled by his questions, I retired from the conversation with a final, “Well, the Bible does say that if we seek Him with all of our heart, He will show Himself to us. When we get off of the phone, let’s both ask God to show Himself to us…and if we mean it…and He’s real…He will.” I never spoke to the gentleman again, but after we got off of the phone, I did as we agreed, getting down on my knees, and sincerely asking God to show Himself to me.
A week or so later, God did just that. Like a mosquito buzzing in my mind, I could not escape questioning to what degree I had believed the Bible. I cannot explain it in as much detail as I wish I could, but God pulled back a curtain and allowed me to see His Word in a different light. It was as if I arrived at a travel destination and saw it in person after I had only read about it before. For the first time, my knowledge met with my soul and I understood by experience that I was spiritually dead due to my lack of purity and holiness. I understood that my sin was a direct rebellion against the One who had created me and created the universe in which I lived.
I asked God to forgive my sins on behalf of the blood shed on the cross by the pure and holy sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead. Since I prayed that prayer, I have always sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit with me, experiencing a life inside of me that I can describe but cannot fully explain. My knowledge of the Bible was not the reason I became a true Christian, and neither was fancy knowledge that answered deep questions about the mysteries of God. God is the reason I am a Christian, because I could not turn away from One so great, once I finally saw Him spiritually face to face.