Thursday, May 2, 2013
Day 40 – May 2
“Too many believers have weak prayer lives because they don’t believe their prayers accomplish anything. They petition the Lord for something and then forget about it, acting as if they knew in advance that God wouldn’t be at all compelled to grant what they had requested. Even in the early days of the church, when faith generally was strong and vital, prayer could be passive and unexpectant. When the Apostle Peter was imprisoned in Jerusalem, a group of concerned believers met at the house of Mary, John Mark’s mother, to pray for his release (Acts 12:12). As they were doing so, an angel of the Lord miraculously delivered Peter from his chains (vv. 7–10). While the believers were still praying, Peter arrived at the house and knocked on the door. A servant girl named Rhoda answered the door, and upon recognizing Peter’s voice, she turned around and rushed to tell the others before letting Peter in (vv. 13–14). The others did not believe her, however, until they finally let Peter in. Then ‘they saw him and were amazed’ (v. 16). They apparently had been praying for what they did not really believe would happen. Prayer is not a vain duty to be performed for the sake of obedience only. That may seem like a good motive, but its effect is no different from the hypocritical Pharisees who prayed for show. We must pray in faith, believing that our prayers do make a difference to God.
Specific Request – God blow our minds with what you are going to do with this conference. We are expecting you to show up!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Day 39 – May 1 - If led, please join us today by fasting.
“It Demands Obedience”
“If Jesus, as God’s true Son, came down from heaven not to do His own will but His Father’s (John 6:38), how much more are we, as adopted children, to do only His will. Obedience to God is one of the supreme marks of our relationship to Him as children.
Yet in His grace, God loves and cares for His children even when they are disobedient. The story Jesus told in Luke 15 would be better titled the Parable of the Loving Father rather than the Prodigal Son. The father in the story represents our Heavenly Father, who can forgive and rejoice over both a self-righteous son who remains moral and upright and a rebellious son who becomes dissolute, wanders away, but then returns.
When you begin your prayers by calling on ‘Our Father, who art in heaven,’ you indicate your eagerness to go to Him as a child, knowing He loves you. And you’ll find that He is eager to lend His ear, His power, and His eternal blessing to the requests of His children if it serves them best and further reveals His purpose and glory.”
Specific Request – People involved would be obedient to God
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Day 38 – April 30
“It Provides Resources”
“God is ‘our Father, who [is] in heaven.’ All the resources of heaven are available to us when we trust God as our heavenly Supplier. He ‘has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ’ (Eph. 1:3). Commentator Arthur Pink writes,
If God is in heaven then prayer needs to be a thing of the heart and not of the lips, for no physical voice on earth can rend the skies, but sighs and groans will reach the ears of God. If we are to pray to God in heaven, then our souls must be detached from all the earth. If we pray to God in heaven, then faith must wing our petitions (An Exposition on the Sermon on the Mount [Grand Rapids: Baker, 1950], 161).
Whatever you seek, whether it’s peace, fellowship, knowledge, victory, or boldness, God has an abundant supply in the heavenlies. We need only ask our Father for it.”
Specific Request – People involved would ask and join us in asking God for blessings and everything we need for this conference to be successful.