Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Scripture Passages of Prayers of Intercession

Studying this morning on my Sunday School lesson on the rare time I get to be home from work because of an ice storm. The class has been using "When God's People Pray" by Jim Cymbala.

I received such a blessing in looking up some suggested passages. And as usual, I read the verses before and after to fill in more of the lesson I'm learning. The scriptures were so encouraging and challenging.

1. Acts:14-15 the prayers were for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Ghost. In this same chapter is the lesson on Simon the magician who believed as a result of the preaching and was baptized. But later when he saw that the apostles were praying for people and he saw the results of the power of God working, Simon wanted to pay the apostles for the ability to have the same power. You see before Simon was a believer, he was reverenced and had much influence among his followers. He was admonished by the apostles of his error and that the power of God could not be bought.

This is a reminder to me that just because someone makes that first step of becoming a believer in Jesus, we can't let up praying for them. They're still like an unsteady babe or young child. They need our encouragement and help to grow in the Lord.

2.  Ephesians 1:17:19 Paul prayed for believers to have the spirit of wisdom and revealed knowledge and the greatness of God's power. We never stop growing and we should never stop seeking growth.

3.  Romans 15:31 Paul requested prayer for deliverance from those that don't believe and that his service would be accepted by believers.

4.  Ephesians 3:16:19 Prayed to be strengthened by might of His Spirit. Rooted and grounded, to know the depth, width and length

5.  Ephesians 6:19-20 To open mouth boldly as you ought to speak. Thought of our new pastor coming, Shawn Thomas.

6.  2 Thessalonians 1:11-12  That our communications of faith would be effective.

7.  Philemon 6 Pray that sharing of your faith will help people recognize and appreciate and understand what we have in Christ Jesus

Cookie Baking and Tea Time with the Master


I recently was looking for some culinary lavender to use in a cookie recipe. I couldn't find any locally so opted for looking for a lavender tea and found one at our Ingles grocery store that I have fell for. The aroma is wonderful. It is Traditional Medicinals organic Chamomile with Lavender.

In my Lavender Shortbread Cookie recipe that I got off the net, it called for 2 tablespoons of the lavender. I opened up enough dry teabags to get what I needed for my first batch. Since that time I ordered some lavender for cooking/baking and hope it gets here soon. I think it will have more of the color I want to show through on the finished cookies.

I'm practicing some cookie baking for our ladies tea that the ladies in our Sunday School are preparing for in March. I'm excited and looking forward to time spent drinking tea, enjoying Christian fellowship, reaching out and inviting others and being encouraged by the speaker that has been chosen. We're labeling our gathering "Tea Time with the Master"  Anyone interested in coming may contact me.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It was so good to talk with a friend at church to night  and learn of an answered prayer request. Thank you Lord!

Came home and decided to look at my blog. It has been several months since I have posted and some of my links needed updating. But I need to get to bed if I'm to get up for work in the morning. Today was a stressful one. Dear Lord, please help me to get done tomorrow what I need to.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Tell Me the Story of Jesus and Him Only

Today's sermon was a reminder of "Do Not Be Ashamed"  of Jesus. I certainly needed the reminder and encouragement. One thought was that we can be saying Amen and excited in church but how about when we go out the church door? Are excited and assertive in our every day life? The video clip of a "famous" tv show person pointing out that it is impossible for there to be only 1 way stamped the message even further in my mind. Many people swallow that person hook, line and sinker. The key word here...sinker. If we don't read the Bible and instead choose to follow wrong thinking by a wrong role model, sinking is exactly where we end up.

Romans 1:18-25 is a great start to understand what is right. "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wrong doing of men, who by their wrong doing suppress and hide the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.  So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did no honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up to the lust of their own hearts and because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator."

We ended by singing "Tell Me the Story of Jesus, write on my heart every word." Rick and I were discussing on the way home something he recently heard. When you're down to nothing, no friends, no finances, no health what do you have.  If you believe in Jesus and have Him in your heart, He is there no matter what. And we said, yep, we've been there through those times, no friends, no finances, no health, but Jesus was still overwhelmingly there!

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Walk Close, Be Fervent and Hope in Renewal

I am reading a Beth Moore book "Paul:  90 Days on His Journey of Faith". The section I read this morning from Acts actually talks about Peter and  got caught up in verses Acts 9:36-42. God raised Tabitha from death after Peter arrived, privately prayed and spoke "Tabitha, get up." Now my thinking went to Peter's closeness to God and as he prayed getting instructions from God on what His will was for Tabitha and the community. Peter didn't just get all spiritual on the spot but had been close with God before his prayer that day.

1.  From God: "That's where you need to be Jane, close every day." And my thoughts went to the story of the dry bones and can I and even America get away from a dry spiritual condition. So as I began searching for that scripture about bones I found II Kings 13:14-21.

This tells about Elisha being sick before he died. King of Israel Joash came to Elisha weeping and they had a special time together with both their hands on a bow and arrow. Elisha prophesied that Joash would overcome the Syrians consuming them. As Elisha instructed Joash to smite the ground with the arrows, Joash struck the ground only 3 times. Elisha followed with anger that Joash was not more fervent striking 5 or 6 times and so he would only be able to overcome the Syrians 3 times.

I know this passage has nothing to do with the dry bones or Peter but I guess God is taking me a path through the Bible to bring some instructions home to me.

2.  From God:  Be fervent in what you're doing for God. Don't stop at only a 3 time effort but go on to 5 or 6 like you really want to accomplish what I want you to.

Now I look for the dry bones passage again. Vision of the valley of dry bones Ezekial 37:1-14 Read it.  "Shall these dry bones live?" "And ye shall live ; and ye shall know that I am the Lord."

3.  From God:   Israel's hope was lost, their spiritual bones were dry. But God has abundant life and hope for dry bones, then and now.

Summary:  Walk close, be fervent, and hope for God brings renewed life.