Unleash the Power of Prayer

The POWER of Prayer in not the prayer but the PERSON to whom we Pray. Jesus

Daily Spirit & Word: 823:

The Power of Praying to the LORD.

Unleash The Power of Prayer

Genesis 25:21 (NIV)  Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.

Good morning my friends, I’m back again. Praise the LORD! It’s so good when we have the POWER of Heaven. God’s NOT DEAD: He’s Alive! He’s waiting to answer your prayers. However, we need to know how to unleash the POWER of HEAVEN into our lives afresh today.

Prayer played an important part in a crisis in Isaac’s life. Today we’re going to see how he solved that crisis by going to the Lord in prayer.

If you’ve got a PROBLEM today: Even if you’ve had it a long time, take it to the ONE who can break EVERY CHAIN.

 

1) The Person Isaac Prayed About:

“Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife.”

Isaac’s wife had a serious problem: She was barren.

When a woman was barren in those days, people thought they’d been cursed or were under God’s judgement. It was a shameful thing not to be able to conceive.  Isaac, unlike many husbands in those days, did not criticise Rebekah or reject her because she was barren. He loved Rebecca so instead he prayed to the LORD for her.

I think we can all learn a lesson from this verse today: If couples prayed to the LORD for each other when things are not going well, instead of criticising each other or blaming one another, then we unleash the power of Heaven into our family life. You’ll be surprised how your own attitude will change when you pray instead of moan. So my friends, let’s make prayer a big part of our home and family life. You’ll discover The Lord can improve every area of your home and the family atmosphere can change.

When was the last time you spent time with Jesus praying for your wife or husband?

The Film: The War Room: The Prayer Closet: Loved that film.

Let’s get to praying regularly for our closest family members.

2) What Prompted Isaac to Pray?

The Prompter of his Prayer was a PROBLEM:

“Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was barren”

It was a problem that prompted Isaac to pray. That is not what most people do with their problems. Generally when problems come, people fuss and fume, some swear and shout, and many resort to drugs or drink when serious problems come.

Fussing, Fuming, Swearing, Shouting or Drugs and Drink: But we all know that PROBLEMS cannot be solved like that, these things only tend to make the problem seem like an insurmountable MOUNTAIN. When we act like that, we begin to even feel bad about ourselves. We had friends who’ve taken their own lives because of what seemed to us like a trivial problem. But they FOCUSED on the STORM instead of the ONE who calmed the raging waves with just a word.

The best way to confront all your problems is to pray about them. Prayer is a problem solver. No matter how big your problem, you can take it to the Lord in prayer.

When you do you’ll get REVELATION: Problems will begin to seem so small when we take them to Jesus.

3) The Power of Isaac’s Prayer:

“The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant”

NOTE: It wasn’t Isaac’s prayer but the PERSON that he prayed to. You are coming to the LIVING God who loves you. He’s your Heavenly Father and He cares for you. He even knows how many hairs you have on your head…

Prayer to the LORD will indeed change things. He can work great wonders, awesome miracles. When you come to the LORD with your issues in life, the problem doesn’t look quite so big as our Lord.

The POWER of PRAYER is the LORD to Whom WE PRAY.

20 YEARS: That’s a LONG TIME: (How LONG have you had your problems?)…

Rebekah had been barren for twenty years; but after Isaac prayed, she conceived and not only bore one child, but she had twins! That’s AWESOME: TWINS. My friends, do not underestimate the power of prayer to the LORD.

Once we had a couple who’d attended Church a few times after getting married: One Sunday I asked if they were OK on the way out of church. The wife said, “I’ve been trying for a baby, but would value prayer” I said “OK, let’s go up to the front of church, kneel at the altar rail and pray to the LORD” She and her husband came and knelt.  After a few weeks, her mother stopped me in the street and said in a loud voice, “Donald, Donald you got my daughter pregnant”… She was pregnant, not with one baby, but twins… (I did cringe a little bit when she said that though, I was wearing my dog collar at the time)… LOL…

Many people dismiss or scoff at prayer, but wise men, wise women, wise children and youngsters know that prayer to the LORD can work wonders.

You know that song, “There is POWER in the Name of Jesus” … there’s a repeated refrain, “BREAK EVERY CHAIN”… No matter how LONG you’ve had your PROBLEM… God can BREAK it’s POWERFUL CHAINS…. Take it to the LORD in prayer and unleash the POWER of Heaven.

Have an AWESOME Sunday with Jesus.

What a friend we have in Jesus

Don.

 

Celebrate New Life With JOY.

Pregnancy, Pregnatant, Expecting, Rejoice

Daily Spirit & Word 572:

Celebrate New Life With JOY.

Good morning my friends, it’s always great when we hear news of a new born baby. The joy of the first cry, the first hug, the first photos. We share them with a frenzy of delight and with all of our friends of social media, we click like on Facebook or give them a heart on Instagram. Some people even want to share them with their own friends: it’s great news when a baby is born, but I want us this morning to take a step-backwards, to when the New Life begins in the womb, because it’s at that point we should also be just as delighted.

We always think that a baby gets into the womb by the action of the mother and father, well it does, but then another force takes over, that force is GOD. We think that it’s just natural processes at work, but it’s not just the natural processes alone, there is a Divine hand at work in the Creation of every single new life on earth.

Psalm 139:13-18 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16  your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.”

Recently, we had a precious and lovely couple of young Christians, who’d both just been baptised, who lost their baby in the womb, but this is the part of the Bible they chose for their daughter’s funeral. Why? Because they both KNEW that child was very special to the One they’d both come to know and love; the LORD God Almighty.

When I read that part of the Bible above I am often moved to tears, because it speaks of God’s plan in making me, but it also shouts aloud that the formation of every single human life is the intricate working of the Heavenly Father.

Deists believe that God Created the Universe, but once it was all set in place, spinning, He took a step back and just watches it perform, without any involvement, but here in Psalm 139:13-18 we see that God’s still directly involved in the Creation of every new life on earth.

  • Who Created Your Inmost Being?
  • Verse 18: It’s GOD! God created your inmost being.
  • Who Created your child’s inmost being?
  • Verse 18: It’s God! He created your child in your womb.
  • Who Created your Grandchild’s inmost being?
  • Verse 18: It’s GOD! He Created your grandchild’s inmost being.
  • Who knitted you, your child, your grandchild together?
  • It wasn’t just the forces of nature, it was God who knitted the NEW LIFE together in the womb.

Scientists may argue and say, “We can create new life in a test-tube and then implant it in the mother’s womb”: But the Bible would argue with that assumption; because it’s Jesus Christ who is the source of all life. Scientists need an egg and some sperm to work with; God doesn’t. He Created the Universe out of nothing, and is involved in the formation still of every New Life on earth. He didn’t take a back seat and let human beings take over the act of generation.

My friends, whenever you hear someone saying that abortion is OK or it’s a mother’s choice what she does with her own body, then we need to take a step-backwards from the emotional arguments and look at the reality, every child is a NEW LIFE Created by God, we don’t have the right to take any life, no matter how emotionally charged the argument. No matter how inconvenient that new life is, we’ve got a responsibility to nurture it and take care of it and rejoice in it’s formation, because God made it. God knitted it together; He made it in a very special and precious and individual way.

New Life doesn’t begin at birth, but in the womb, created and crafted with Divine hands, therefore, every single child belongs to God first, not the mother or father or grandmother or grandfather, it’s God’s New Life: So thank Him, rejoice in pregnancy and celebrate and share the good news, a baby is on it’s way, God’s working on it right now. Praise the Lord!

However, I can hear the modern world still arguing with those facts: “What about when a mother’s life is in danger? What about when someone gets pregnant as a result of rape? etc etc…. There are many famous people in the world today, who became world famous and were the result of rape: Some of them are brave enough to speak-out about it; Jack Nicholson is an example. However, it’s a horrendous thing to happen to a woman or girl. We know that from personal experience. However, it’s NOT the innocent baby’s fault and God’s still knitting that baby together in the womb; so rejoice in the New Life, the good that comes from the most terrible act imaginable. It would be understandable if the mother couldn’t contemplate raising that child, but that doesn’t excuse the murder of the innocent.

When a mother’s life is in danger is a much more difficult choice. We’ve all heard and shared those miracle stories, when doctors advised parents to have the baby aborted, but because of their faith, they’ve battled against the odds and the child has survived. However, there’s still the cases of real danger to a mother’s life if she carries the baby full-term. In those circumstances I would support the decision either way. If the mother chooses to sacrifice her own life so that they baby can be born or chooses to live at the expense of the life within her womb. It’s a hard one though, but it doesn’t mean we should automatically or normally rush into a decision and opt for abortion.

Thankfully most pregnancies are normal and those hard to make decisions are rare; but what about the arguments from the social perspective? Those times when a new baby is so inconvenient that it would not be welcomed by the mother or father? When she knows that she / they cannot afford another new mouth to feed or that she just wouldn’t be able to cope on her own? I would argue that it’s NOT their choice, but God’s. He’s given them the gift of a New Life: but society should automatically see that every NEW LIFE is cared for and nurtured and celebrated. Why? Because it’s NOT the babies fault! We’re given the gifts of NEW LIFE to rejoice and show our humanity and love.

Perhaps much more needs to be done, to show that we’ll help, we’ll all care for and support every single pregnant mother, no matter what her circumstances. Instead of threatening to remove welfare for more than two babies, we should be extending and expanding the care and provision for every new life that comes into the world from the hands of the Creator.

We just need to have a deeper level of TRUST (FAITH) that God knows what He’s doing when He knits a baby together in it’s mother’s womb.

Further, we must rebuke politicians and social commentators when they come down hard on people from challenging backgrounds who continue to get pregnant. Who do they think they are? They’ve all made mistakes, every single one of us has fallen short morally from God’s high standards or righteousness. We’ve ALL without exception broken His Commandments, so we cannot judge anyone else in any way. So when someone makes a mistake or falls short, we should be there for them, we should be showing them a better way, we should be supporting because it’s NOT the child’s fault.

So the next time you hear someone saying, “I’m Pregnant”: Then REJOICE, praise God, because He’s busy Creating and Knitting and Forming a NEW LIFE.

That’s my rant and rave over for today 🙂 Praise the LORD!

Praise HIM for His creative genius in forming every New Life that comes into this world today.

Oh and BTW: My daughter is pregnant with her fourth child 🙂 Praise the LORD!

Amen!

Don.

John 1:1-14  Jesus the source of all LIFE (and NEW LIFE).

 

 

Divine Expectations

 

Daily Spirit & Word, 458: Divine Expectations.

Are You Eating For; One or Two or for Thousands?

Divine Expectation: Divine Pregnancy: Unusual Cravings: Expectant for one or two or thousands.

 

Seven Benefits of Bible Memorisation. Benefit #4 Divine Expectations.

 

Good moring everyone, did you see that AWESOME sunrise? I watched it going from darkness to light and it was pink long before the sun lit up the sky with glorious colours. I had an expectation that it would be brilliant long before the sun popped up.

You know when you’re semi-conscious and a thought comes into your mind, then you think to yourself, “This is from the Lord, I must write that down before I forget it?” Well, I had such a thought this morning and it was this; “When a lady is pregnant, sometimes we’ll say, “She’s eating for two you know””… Then I knew God had given me a word for today; “When a Christian is pregnant with expectation that they’ll win thousands for Jesus, they’ll devour God’s Word like a pregnant woman who’s eating for thousands of babies.” Divine Expectations.

 John 4:35 (NIV) “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

Mark 4:20 “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

“She’s so Large because She’s Pregnant with twins”. Recently we had a lovely lady in our Fellowship who gave birth to twins and they are so gorgeous. My friends, when you win someone to Christ, when you’ve been involved in giving birth to a new-born-babe in Christ, you are overjoyed right? Now imagine if you got pregnant with the expectation that you are going to win thousands to the Lord Jesus Christ? How much would you need to be eating whilst pregnant with that?

Remember Jesus teaching about the fields being white unto harvest and the labourer’s being few? Well they are RIPE unto HARVEST, but are we getting ready to go into the labour ward? Are we ready to get out into the harvest field to deliver the babies that we’ve been eating for?  Divine Expectation: Expecting Thousands or are you just eating for one or two or are you getting into God’s Word and storing it within to win thousands to Christ?

Whatever burden Christ has put upon your heart; remember this truth and remember it well: “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” With Christ’s burdens for service and doing His will, it will not be an overwhelming burden, but it will be easy, it will be a joy, it will be natural, Supernaturally Natural, because we’ve been given a new nature in Christ. You will not be overwhelmed by Christ’s burdens: If it’s winning the lost, giving to the poor, leading in worship, teaching, preaching, working in the background, helping brothers and sisters practically, showing love to strangers, pastoral care; Whatever the Burden from Christ it’s going to be easy, but we’ll need to be equipped for the task.

If a Field Gunner (Field Gun Crew RN) is going into training, they’ll begin to eat the right food to bulk up and prepare for the task in hand. So too with those who are getting ready to serve Jesus Christ, we’ll bulk up with Divine Food. We’re getting ready to deliver the goods.

Look How Jesus Was Burdened (To accomplish the Father’s will).

John 4:34-38 (NIV)  “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35  Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36  Even now the reaper draws his wages, even now he harvests the crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37  Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38  I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labour.”

Jesus Food: “To do the will of Him who sent me”. The Christian’s Food: The Bread of Life

John 6:33-35 “For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34  “Sir,” they said, “from now on give us this bread.” 35  Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Jeremiah 15:16 “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.”

Whatever Christ is calling you to do today, whatever burden he’s placed upon your heart, you are going to need Supernatural Energy: That comes from the Holy Spirit. Also, you are going to need to be feasting upon a Divine Diet: Eating and Feasting upon God’s Word like we’re eating for a thousand babies, we’ll want to see many new-born-babes in Christ.

For Evangelists: who engage in One-to-One witnessing and sometimes preaching to thousands;  the only way to win them is to KNOW God’s Word: The Spirit will bring it to mind during conversations, but we’ll need to do the eating and feeding my friends. We work together with God’s Spirit, we don’t depend upon human resources, but we must make every effort to get to know God’s REVELATION that he’s already given, before we’ll get any new revelations whilst out witnessing for Him.

I’m sure it’s the same in many other fields of Christian Service (Burdens) too: Pastoral Counselling: I know of one Pastor who get’s a Word of Knowledge, but it’s always backed up by a Scripture the Lord brings to his remembrance.

There are people who’re involved in Foodbanks here in the UK, one Christian I know, talks with clients who come for food, but she’ll often talk to them about the Lord Jesus and try and lead them to Him. I got a word from the Lord one day at the Foodbank: “We can get by on earthly food, but we’ll thrive with Divine food. It’s NOT enough just to give them food for emergencies, but we need to be feeding them with Divine food too.”

 Unusual Cravings:

When a woman is pregnant, she’ll often get unusual cravings for certain foods; gherkins, pickles, cakes, crisps, cookies etc… When we’re pregnant with Jesus Divine Burdens; we’ll get different cravings for God’s Word. We’ll be zealous, we’ll have a craving for certain types of Divine food;

  • Prophets: we’ll get prophetic insight in to His Word,
  • Pastors: we’ll get pastoral guidance if we’re a pastor from God’s Word,
  • Evangelists: we’ll get scriptures to that will hit home to seek and to save the lost.
  • Apostles: we’ll get practical insight if we’ve got an Apostolic calling or Administrative burden from Jesus.
  • Teachers: We’ll get hungry for being able to communicate God’s Word in winning ways that will enlighten the body of Christ.

My friends, today you can see that I’ve been given a word from God today, “Divine Expectations” I’ve just been writing as the Lord has brought this idea to life, it’s not organised or structured, I’ve been pouring it all out this morning. Praise the Lord for His inspiration.

When we’re getting into God’s Word and getting God’s Word into our memory banks, He’ll bring it to life is so many wonderful ways. Whatever burden the Lord has placed upon your heart, for service in His Kingdom, it’s not going to be too heavy or hard, he’ll equip you for whatever He’s called you for. However, I encourage you to be eating His Divine Diet for Kingdom Service today. Feed in such a way that His revealed will and word will never leave you. Get into Bible Memorisation.

If you’ve been given a Divine Burden (Pregnancy), are you eating for one, two or for thousands? Can I encourage you with all my heart today, no matter what Burden the Lord has put upon your heart, to be eating for THOUSANDS.

John 4:35 (NIV) “Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

Mark 4:20 “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

For me, I’m an Evangelists at heart: I know that the fields truly are RIPE unto harvest and the labourers (those in labour) are few, ask the Lord of the Harvest to send out labourers, those who are pregnant with expectation that they are going to deliver babes-in-Christ. “I’m ASKING You today Lord” Amen.

Are you eating for one, for two or for thousands? Let’s be pregnant with expectation in the Lord today. Amen!

Have a great weekend my friends.

Don.

Mark 4:1-20

1  Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered round him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge.

2  He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:

3  “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.

4  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

5  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.

6  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.

7  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.

8  Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.”

9  Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

10  When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables.

11  He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables

12  so that, ” ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’ ”

13  Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?

14  The farmer sows the word.

15  Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.

16  Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.

17  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

18  Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;

19  but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.

20  Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

Seven Benefits of Bible Memorisation: Benefit #4: Divine Expectations.

Divine Expectations.