Giving Hope to a Child

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 “But also look ahead: I’m sending Elijah the prophet to clear the way for the Big Day of God—the decisive Judgment Day! He will convince parents to look after their children and children to look up to their parents. If they refuse, I’ll come and put the land under a curse.” – Malachi 4:5-6

One thing I have learned over the years of mentoring children is that there are problems in families. I’m sure this is not a surprise to anyone since we are born into a sinful nature, but I always hope that relationships can get better in families. I can’t control this; I can only encourage.

It is evident that we are living the curse of the sinful nature. We see children suffering through drugs, sex, crime, and more. There is always hope because of Jesus. The children see Jesus as we who are his temple walk into the schools to spend time with them. This gives them hope. It may be the only Jesus they see.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for allowing me to show who you are to the children. I pray that I always put you in front of me for all to see.

Faith Tip: Is there an opportunity you know of to show Jesus to a child? Let the Lord lead you in the call.

Logical prayer

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 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. – Exodus 17:11-12

Sometimes prayer just doesn’t make sense, does it? Perhaps most the time it doesn’t. When we are told that it’s the most powerful thing we can do, we really wonder if that is true. Sometimes we don’t experience clear answers to our prayers and think we may have wasted time talking to God about it. We especially feel this way when we are praying for bigger things like the economy and other nations. We can’t imagine how our little prayer will help in any way.

Praying is connecting to kingdom power. Our prayers are making a huge difference in the kingdom. Throughout Scripture, it is evident that prayer does amazing things. How about when Elijah prayed for God to accept his sacrifice when the worshipers of Baal couldn’t get a response from their god (1 Kings 18)? Moses prayed for the people repeatedly that God wouldn’t destroy them because of their sin against him (Numbers 11). People were praying for Peter in Acts 12, and an angel came and released him from prison. No one was more shocked that something happened than those who were praying.

I recently came across a sign that read “Much Prayer, Much Power, Little Prayer, Little Power, No Prayer, No Power.” It’s kind of like that saying, “If you don’t expect much, you won’t get much.” We base our actions on facts. The fact is that prayer is powerful. Why else would Satan fight it so much? He knows the power.

Pray knowing that things are happening. Not one prayer is wasted. Don’t wait until you reach heaven and then wish you would have prayed more during your life.

Prayer: Lord, you have shown us through the Bible that prayer makes a difference. I pray that I can live out that truth and stand steadfast on your promises. Amen

Faith Tip: Today make prayer an absolute in all you do. See the difference it will make in your life.

Need refreshing today?

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A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:25

How do you get refreshed? Is refreshment important? I believe God thinks it is as there are many examples of his people being refreshed through the Scriptures. Not only does God do the refreshing himself as we see with the prophet Elijah, but he also refreshes through people such as Onesiphorus who refreshed Paul. People can be refreshed physically, spiritually and emotionally.

That’s the ministry I like to do … refresh people. I lead a ladies retreat to do this called Spiritual Spa Day. I truly look forward to doing this event again and again as I see God work in the lives of women. The next spa day is less than two weeks away, and then I may be doing another one in September and another in February. Women need to be refreshed by God’s Spirit to see how valuable they truly are to him. Do you need refreshment?

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the opportunities to minister. I pray that you will be seen at the center of it all for you are the great refresher. Amen

Faith Tip: Look to God for your refreshment today. His living water is always flowing … drink deep.

Who is he?

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Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.” – Luke 9:18-20

God was always out there somewhere in Lisa’s life. She knew when struggles came, she was to pray and hope for the best. She daily lived her days working full time and caring for her two school-aged children. Life was busy, but she got by.

At church, the pastor was reading the Scripture where Jesus was asking the disciples who they thought he was. The message the pastor gave showed the importance of knowing who Jesus is to us. So as a response, they passed out pieces of paper to the congregation for them to write down who Jesus was to them. Lisa stared at the blank piece of paper, and then stuck it into her purse.

We know who people are to us in the relationships we experience. Mother, father, friend, mentor, coworker, son, daughter, confidant, and more are some of the people we interact with in life. We relate to them according to the role they play in our life. What role does Jesus have in our life?

Prayer: I praise you, Lord, for the role you have in my life. I pray that our relationship grows stronger each day as you journey with me through life. Amen

Faith Tip: Determine the role Jesus has in your life. Is there a need for change?

Will God find someone?

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“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. (Ezekiel 22:30)

Like anyone else, I get a lot of sales calls on my phone. I would really rather not have them call, so I use phone ID to try and sort through those calls. Sometimes though there is a call on a number that I don’t recognize, but it doesn’t look like a sales call either. Most of those times, I answer them and hope for the best.

To me, this is one of the saddest verses in scripture. Sometimes we treat God’s call to pray like a call from a sales person. We don’t want it and we don’t answer the call. God was calling for someone to stand in the gap for a nation…and there was no one who answered the call…no one! God’s heart must have been broken. Is God’s heart still breaking over prayerlessness? How many tragedies could have been avoided if we had only prayed?

Tomorrow is a day to give thanks to God. Remember to give thanks for the avenue of prayer so that we can connect to God. We can come to God boldly and without fear. He loves to hear our voice and desires our communion.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for prayer. Give me a passion to hear your voice as you desire to hear mine. Amen.

Faith tip: Listen for your spiritual phone to ring. What does God want to talk to you about?