Pick-Me-Up-Prayer

Welcome to our mid-week pick-me-up.  Our leaders and prayer warriors will lift you up in prayer today.  Please leave a comment below with your prayer requests.  If you want to send them in ahead of time to make it inside the blog post, go to our prayer page and fill out the form or email your requests to: mary@thatchurch.com.  Prayer Warriors…when you see a prayer request below, please leave a comment with a eprayer or a shout out to let these ladies know they are being lifted in prayer.

Thanks again for the participation and let’s lift each other in prayer today.  Leave us a comment for your prayer requests!

Just start leaving your prayer requests in the comment section and know…we will be praying for you!

1) Melinda:  Her sister-in-law Heather had surgery on her digestive system.  It was an emergency type surgery.  She is living with Crone’s disease.  Please keep her recovery in your prayers!

Pick-me-up-prayer…

Welcome to our mid-week pick-me-up.  Our leaders and prayer warriors will lift you up in prayer today.  Please leave a comment below with your prayer requests.  If you want to send them in ahead of time to make it inside the blog post, go to our prayer page and fill out the form or email your requests to: mary@thatchurch.com.  Prayer Warriors…when you see a prayer request below, please leave a comment with a eprayer or a shout out to let these ladies know they are being lifted in prayer.

Thanks again for the participation and let’s lift each other in prayer today.  Leave us a comment for your prayer requests!

Just start leaving your prayer requests in the comment section and know…we will be praying for you!

Pick-me-up-prayer

Welcome to our mid-week pick-me-up.  Our leaders and prayer warriors will lift you up in prayer today.  Please leave a comment below with your prayer requests.  If you want to send them in ahead of time to make it inside the blog post, go to our prayer page and fill out the form or email your requests to: mary@thatchurch.com.  Prayer Warriors…when you see a prayer request below, please leave a comment with a eprayer or a shout out to let these ladies know they are being lifted in prayer.

Thanks again for the participation and let’s lift each other in prayer today.  Leave us a comment for your prayer requests!

Just start leaving your prayer requests in the comment section and know…we will be praying for you!

Tackling Tough Questions…

thWelcome to our Tuesday discussion.  Today we will try to answer some of your tough questions.  We know that if one person voices their question and concerns, there are many more who have the same questions, but just don’t ask.

We thought this blog is the perfect place to answer them for everyone.

Question:  Why do we pray if God is in control and He knows the outcome?

Great question!  I have been working on this one for a while now…and here we go!  If you would like to add anything to this, please feel free to leave a comment.

My prayer…I hope this helps you!

Christians know that God is all-powerful, all-knowing and loving (even if we find all of that hard to experience). Jesus urged his disciples to trust God as a loving Father, and taught them to pray, asking God for daily sustenance, forgiveness and the ability to forgive others, and even for our daily food.

But if God already knows what we need and is in charge, why do we need to pray at all?

We long for connection

We want to talk with someone who loves us, about what concerns us.  Consider Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane in Luke 22:39-46 and his prayer for his followers in John 17. Jesus came before God to express his deep agony and to pray for the disciples, even though He already knew He would be led to the Cross.

I see prayer not so much as a grocery list of wants or a way to change God’s mind, but rather as a way to regain perspective in my relationship with God. Like Jesus, we pray to deepen our relationship with God. We pray to remind ourselves of our place of humility, to remind ourselves that God is God, and we are not. To submit myself to God in prayer changes me. I believe that God loves me enough to want to transform me into all that God created me to be, but I must cooperate in that transformation. Every time I pray, I cooperate just a little bit more.

We’re invited and commanded to pray

The invitation is real and the command is for our benefit. Trust-filled dependence on God leads to our asking for what we need.

In Matthew 6, Jesus points out that God is control; knowing this is true encourages faith, not anxiety and worry. We are not to presume on God’s automatic care, but rather to come in trusting dependence to ask for what we need. In the very next chapter, Matthew 7:7-11 tells us to ask, seek and knock, and closes with these lovely words: ‘If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!’ Since God is a Spirit and we cannot see Him, perhaps our interactive prayer communication encourages our faith and develops intimacy and dependence. In our materialistic world, it is so easy to let God provide everything we need and then assume that it ‘just happened’ or that we did it ourselves. In asking we acknowledge our dependence.

We want to align with God’s will

In many life situations, we don’t know God’s will until we pray. (See Phil 2:12-13.) We want to be in line with God’s will, and prayer is not so much about changing God’s mind as it is to bring ourselves into alignment with God’s heart.  I no longer pray to try to change God’s mind, to influence or persuade God to do what I want done. I name and lift my problems and concerns to God (and try to let them go, too!) and I ask God’s deep presence in each of these situations — problems, people and so on. Then, I try to trust.

It’s okay to keep asking…

As we align with God’s will, it’s okay to keep calling out to God on behalf of others and ourselves. In fact, it’s more than okay: God expects us to. In Isaiah 43, God speaks comfortingly to Israel in their time of trial, exile, and need, promising deliverance and salvation, but he adds: Yet you have not called on me, Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, Israel  (Isaiah 43:22).

We of the twenty-first century are so like the people in Isaiah’s time, we want God to care for us and meet our every need, without ‘wearying ourselves’ to praise Him, to walk in intimate dependence and to pour out our hearts to him for others as well as for our own needs. We are ‘too busy’ to pray (or too tired), yet Jesus modeled a lifestyle of prayerful dependence, fellowship and intercession.

The God who is ‘in control’ asks us to ask!

If you have anything to add…please do!

A Devotional…

thRead Proverbs 11

//  Scripture:  Proverbs 11:14

Without wise leadership, a nation falls: there is safety in having many advisers.

//  Observation:

A good leader needs and uses wise advisers.  One persons perspective and understanding is severely limited.  He or she may not have all the facts or maybe blinded by bias, emotions or wrong impressions.  To be a wise leader at home, at church, or at work, seek the counsel of others and be open to their advice.  Then, after considering the facts make your decision.

//  Application:

How well do you take other people’s advice?

Do you give wise advice?

We would love to hear from you…please leave us a comment.

//  Prayer:

Lord, I pray that when I give advice to others I seek You first.  I never want to give false or bad advice to others, especially in a Biblical matter.  I also want to learn to be more open in receiving advice from others.  Surround me with people who care enough about me to pour into me and love me.  Help me to be that very person to others as well.  In Jesus Precious and Holy Name I pray.  Amen.

Pick-Me-Up-Prayer

Welcome to our mid-week pick-me-up.  Our leaders and prayer warriors will lift you up in prayer today.  Please leave a comment below with your prayer requests.  If you want to send them in ahead of time to make it inside the blog post, go to our prayer page and fill out the form or email your requests to: mary@thatchurch.com.  Prayer Warriors…when you see a prayer request below, please leave a comment with a eprayer or a shout out to let these ladies know they are being lifted in prayer.

Thanks again for the participation and let’s lift each other in prayer today.

Here are the requests:

1)   Please pray for safe travels for my family this weekend. We will be driving 6 hrs to meet my MIL then the kids will ride another 6 hrs back to Ohio with them. And pray for peace and comfort for this will be the first time our youngest (under 2) will be away from us, for a whole week. Thank you! (Amanda Harrod)

2)  Prayers please…my cousin(Michael Nichols) went in surgery at 8am & was done st 5pm, came her straight from work…at uams…hes in icu…seen him a bit ago, its a ruff time for him & family!  He’s 33 had to have his pig valve, pacemaker & difibulator changed, when dr got in there the veins & everything from yhe other valve was mangled up…2 leads undone & good valve started bleeding bad…his body can’t take anymore surgery…so hes in a drug induced coma til tommorrow…to see how it goes..they are changing the patch out now over the bleeding valve & seeing if it stopped the bleeding…he was left open also due to the issues going on. (Belinda Beebe Barrett)

3)  Please pray for my youngest daughter, Morgan. She goes thru these episodes every few months of being angry, tired & depressed. Takes it out on those closest to her, especially me (running away from her troubles, not speaking to me, etc). It’s hard knowing she’s hurting & not seeing her or my grandson. It ALWAYS passes, but I know whatever is going on is not healthy & she refuses to seek professional help. (Diann Siegele)

4)  Please pray for a safe road trip for my babies and in-laws. They will be bringing our kiddos back from Ohio on a 13 hr drive this weekend. (Amanda Harrod)

5)  Praying for God’s guidance in finding a job! (Erika Walker)

Please leave your typed prayers in the comment or reply section!

Thank you!

 

Pick-me-up-prayer…

Welcome to our mid-week pick-me-up.  Our leaders and prayer warriors will lift you up in prayer today.  Please leave a comment below with your prayer requests.  If you want to send them in ahead of time to make it inside the blog post, go to our prayer page and fill out the form or email your requests to: mary@thatchurch.com.  Prayer Warriors…when you see a prayer request below, please leave a comment with a eprayer or a shout out to let these ladies know they are being lifted in prayer.

Thanks again for the participation and let’s lift each other in prayer today.

Here are the requests:

1)  Please pray that my husband Rick would desire a closer walk with God, that he would start coming to church with me to worship and grow with God. Pray that I will stay strong and set a good example. (Barbara Rainey)

2)   Pray for Thomas who is stuck at Cairo airport. (Pam Mitchell)

You can always leave a comment on the prayer page to send your requests, or email me at: mary@thatchurch.com

Love y’all!